It’s the billion dollar question that we all (sadly) end up spending thousands of dollars of our own money on: how can we stop ageing?

Short answer – there’s no such thing as eternal youth.

However, while the concept of ‘getting older’ is inevitable, what if we told you the secret to slowing down this ageing process is actually free? It involves no cream, no magic serum, definitely no surgery or needles, and in actual fact, you’ve been carrying it with you whole entire life.

In our latest episode of podcast Healthy-ish: What does natural beauty mean?, co-hosts Dr Andrew Rochford and Maz Compton spoke to the founder of Mukti Organics, where she revealed the anti-ageing trick is a simple 2-minute facial massage you can do anywhere at any time.

“There are points on your face and where there are small indentations,” Mukti explains. These points can be found “at the tip of your eyebrow, there’s another one at the midpoint of your eyebrow, and there’s another one at the sides of your eyebrow… there’s another one directly under the eye point, just slightly, about 2cm down.”

Mukti advises to massage each point in “small circular motions”, which will “help alleviate any stress on the face”.

“We do hold a lot of stress and tension in our faces and we’re not even aware that we are.”

It’s no secret stress leads to wrinkles on your face, but what’s most alarming is by how much it’s affecting your age. An alarming study led by researchers from Harvard and Stanford suggested that a stressful job can shorten your life span by up to three years.

Moreover, research conducted by Boston’s Brigham Women’s Hospital found damaged cells caused by stress and anxiety add up to six years’ worth of extra ageing on a woman’s skin.

But before you think the be-all and end-all cure to stopping premature ageing indefinitely is simply by reducing your stress levels, Mukti wants you to know that your diet and skincare products could be to blame, too.

“It’s about taking out all the things, like sugars, hydrogenated fats, processed foods, and looking at cleaning up your lifestyle.”

In her newly published book ‘TRUTH in BEAUTY’, she pens a seven day detox that eliminates toxins from within the body to produce beautiful glowing and healthy skin on the outside.

“It’s about increasing your coloured foods, your polyphenols, your antioxidants, fruits and vegetables. I choose now to only eat certified organic foods because I know it hasn’t been adulterated with chemicals, so it’s about drinking water and taking out anything that might be causing toxins in your body.”

When it comes to your skincare regime, Mukti believes certified natural and organic products are without a doubt, the key to youth.

“The average woman uses 15 to 20 products with an average list of 15 to 20 ingredients – you do the math on that – that’s over 200 ingredients that are interacting in unique and unquantifiable ways,” the green-cosmetic chemisty pioneer says.

“Our body does absorb and penetrate some of those ingredients and we don’t have the required enzymes to break it down, so our livers and kidneys are already over-burdened.”

So what are the toxic chemicals you should avoid? Mukti urges you to look out for the four Ps:

1. Parabens (preservatives): found in cosmetics, deodorants and other skin care products that aren’t always listed in the labels.

2. Phthalates: found in perfumes, hair spray, nail polish, deodorants and body lotions, as well as plastic packaging. Products with ‘fragrance’ should be avoided as this indicates a chemical mixture that may contain phthalates.

3. Parfum: aka fragrance. These can trigger allergies and asthma, and some are even linked to cancer and neurotoxicity.

4. PEGS (Polythylene Glycols): found in nearly everything including personal care, baby care and sunscreens.

Mukti stresses the importance of reading the label before any product comes into contact with your skin.

Firstly, make sure to look “for the Latin terminology on the label, which we call the INCI (International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredient list). What that means is that anyone who’s using organic or plant-based materials will have the plant-based species on the back of the label.”

Secondly, ensure the top third of the ingredient list contains most of those plant-based ingredients.

And thirdly, make certain it’s a certified organic product: “If you’re going super clean… look for a certified organic label, and that’s a guarantee there are only certified organic ingredients in that product.”

Want to learn more about how and why you should make the switch to natural beauty? Find out in episode 38 of our podcast Healthy-ish. Listen above, at Apple iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.

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