What is aging?
Aging is a natural process your body goes through as you add up your years. Gradually, you begin to notice aching joints, painful movement, sagging bulges, and wrinkling skin. Unfortunately, there is really nothing you can do to stop your body from aging. Fortunately, however, there are many things that you can do today to slow down your body’s overall deterioration and aging.
Causes of aging
The body is like a machine that needs regular maintenance to keep it functioning optimally. Like a machine, too, no matter how well you maintain your body by leading a healthier lifestyle, it will gradually weaken and reach its full lifespan.
There are many factors that can predispose you for premature aging or to feel and look older than you really are. Seven of these factors are listed below.
1) Sun Exposure. Your skin’s worst enemy is the sun. When the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays penetrate the surface and deeper layers of your skin, it causes damage to skin cells. While damage is not always immediately apparent, signs of photoaging lie underneath the surface of your skin, eventually becoming visible as you age.
Religiously put on sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30 whenever you need to leave your home during the day. UVA and UVB rays can reach your skin through direct sun exposure and when these bounce off surfaces like walls or floors or ocean.
2) Cigarette Smoke. Skin damage due to smoking are caused both by direct exposure to thousands of harmful chemicals found in cigarette smoke, and by the repeated facial expressions associated with the act of smoking itself. Save your skin from damage. You know it’s time you quit. It’s your stick or your skin!
3) Alcohol Usage. Excessive alcohol intake can dehydrate skin causing it to dry and loose its elasticity and ability to hold moisture efficiently. When skin is dry, it becomes more prone to damage and skin aging. Drink alcohol less often. When social drinking, reach for red wine instead, which contains resveratrol, a natural compound that helps improve your blood circulation and your skin complexion as well.
4) Lack of Exercise. People who do not exercise regularly slowly lose their muscles to fat, causing bulges, cellulites, and sagging skin to appear. Lack of exercise also results to poor blood and oxygen circulation which limits the supply of these essential nutrients to power cellular repair processes throughout the body, including on skin. Find time to squeeze in more physical activity in your daily routine. Choose the stairs and go for a walk whenever possible. Strength training exercises like weight lifting and yoga are also great to keep your muscles toned and prevent skin from sagging.
5) Stress. Stress is good for your body and your mind every once in a while. It expands your mental and physical limits. However, too much negative and chronic stress can be harmful to your overall health and well-being. Chronic stress causes damage to otherwise healthy cells. Among the external factors that cause aging, stress, perhaps, is the most difficult to combat unless you are a naturally happy person. It takes practice and a deliberate positive mindset to manage stress but you have to do it if you want to keep your blood pressure at bay and prevent wrinkles from showing up on your face.
6) Dry Skin and Cold Weather. This must be the worst combination for your skin. When skin is dry especially in cold weather, there is very little moisture to help skin bounce back to its resting state when stretched or wrinkled. Skin elasticity decreases under these conditions, and skin cells are unable to replace damaged skin. Keep skin ultramoisturized in cold weather to prevent skin from breaking and protect skin cells from permanent damage.
7) Lack of Sleep. Sleeping triggers the start of many cellular repair processes to occur throughout your body. Let your body recharge and recover from stress. Find relaxing things that you can do to set you up for a deep, good night’s sleep. Drink a cup of hot milk or decaffeinated tea or, take a hot bath or, play soft music on the radio or, read a book before going to bed.
Remedies to stop aging
Leading a healthier lifestyle is the only sure fire way of making you age gracefully. No matter what cream or beauty product your put on your skin, if you neglect your overall health, that negligence will eventually show up on your skin. Be fit, eat well, and always choose your health above your vices.
Be wise. Know that aging can only be slowed down when you achieve health and beauty inside and out. (By Consumerhealthdigest.com - Anti aging reviews)