If you attend a reunion 30 years after you graduated from high school, you might have noticed that some of your classmates or friends look almost the same the last time you've seen them, while some have aged almost beyond recognition. And you might have asked, why is that?
The Aging Process
All people age. No matter how rich you are or how good looking you are, you will eventually age. But why is it that some people your age looks younger than you, or probably looks older than you are?
People age at different rates, depending on your genes, your environment, and how you take care of your body. While you can't do much about your genes, there are factors that greatly influence your aging process. These factors are:
- Environmental factors such as pollution, cigarette smoke, harsh weather, stress, and radiation causes premature aging and speeds up wrinkling of the skin because you're exposed to free radicals, which damages the lipids and proteins of your skin.
- Your chosen lifestyle is another factor affecting your aging process. Alcohol, unhealthy (fatty) food, lack of sleep, improper skin care, and negative feelings (sadness, anger, etc) that causes you to frown all day will just lead to premature aging resulting to more wrinkles and dark spots on your skin.
Signs of Aging
Skin aging is caused by deterioration of structures in the skin and the slowing of healthy skin functions. Some of the most visible signs of aging includes:
- Dry skin
- Age spots or dark spots
- Dull and rough complexion
- Fine lines and deep wrinkles
- Enlarged pores
- Loss of firmness of the skin
Preventing Premature Skin Aging
Most premature aging is caused by radiation, so it's best to use a moisturizer with sunscreen during daytime. You may also want to exercise more often to prevent saggy arms and legs, and take all-natural anti-aging product to help you slow down your aging process. Smiling a little bit more often brings great feelings, too, keeping you looking good and extending your life by many years because you would be able to avoid diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart attack and stroke.
You Cannot Stop the Aging Process, But You Can Slow it Down
Aging cannot be stopped, but it's possible that you can at least slow down the process. Maintaining a healthy, youthful-looking you starts within yourself; changing your diet, regular exercising, learning how to manage your stress can dramatically impact the way you age and keeps you younger-looking for longer.