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How to stop premature aging?

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It is estimated that the skin begins to age between 25 – 30 years of age. It ages mainly because the cells present stop working properly. As a consequence, the production of collagen and proteins such as hyaluronic acid and elastin, decrease considerably.
All this leads to a loss of elasticity and luminosity, making the skin more opaque and with the presence of wrinkles.
Aging of the skin is divided into two categories: internal and external. Internal factors are called intrinsic, this means that it does not depend on external circumstances, its chronological and genetic aging cannot be changed. It is part of the nature of the human being. However, external factors can be controlled within a comprehensive prevention approach.

How does our skin age?

Aging of the skin happens in each of its 3 layers. Epidermal, dermal, and subdermal, showing different visible signs.

Subdermal layer

External signs: Deep wrinkles and sunken cheeks. Loss of volume and wound healing problems. Changes: The size and number of fat cells decrease. The ability to differentiate is reduced.

Dermal layer

External signs: The skin loses elasticity and is prone to the appearance of wrinkles, it also loses density and luminosity, the shine that is associated with young skin. Changes: Blood flow is reduced and annually decreases 1% of collagen and decreases in elastin levels.

Epidermal layer

External signs: The skin becomes dry making it rough with fine lines and wrinkles. It has a greater sensitivity to UV light and its healing process is less efficient with a greater propensity for infections. Changes: Lipid production is reduced and cell renewal is slowed.

How can we avoid this?

Unfortunately, as we have mentioned before, it is a natural process and we cannot avoid it. However, we can reduce the signs that are visible.
It is important to observe the lifestyle we lead and that it affects our skin. Oxidative stress is the cause of external factors that trigger the release of free radicals in the body. These specifically attack the DNA of cells, alternating them and turning them into free radicals as well. As a consequence, the signs of aging begin to become visible, wrinkles, loss of density and luminosity and loss of volume.

Avoid UV rays
We must not underestimate the damage that UV rays cause to our skin. Daily or prolonged sun exposure causes a process called photoaging, which is caused by oxidative stress from the sun. 80% of premature aging of our skin is the result of the harmful effects of UV rays.

There is a limit that varies from skin to skin which, once crossed, results in permanent damage to the skin. Although the skin has the function of protecting itself through tanning and thickening of the epidermis, it is not enough. What causes damage like uneven pigmentation, sunburn, tanning,

premature aging and worst, skin cancer.

That is why it is extremely vital, be it winter or any season of the year, to incorporate a product with SPF into your skin care routine, it is important to choose the correct one depending on where you live and the intensity of the sun.

Other factors that aggravate premature aging

Tobacco & Alcohol

We know that smoking is a highly consumed product in the world, unfortunately. And it is so addictive that no one stops to read what this product contains.

Mainly nicotine, hydrocyanic acid, formaldehyde, lead, arsenic, ammonia and radioactive elements such as uranium, benzene, carbon monoxide, nitrosamines and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. These chemicals cause cancer, heart and lung diseases, among other serious health problems, as some cause poisoning in the body such as lead and ammonia. (cat urine contains ammonia). Can you imagine all these chemicals sympathizing with our cells?

The consumption of alcohol, over time produces chronic diseases and other problems such as:

-High blood pressure, heart disease, strokes, liver disease and digestive problems.

-Breast, mouth, esophagus, liver and colon cancer.

-Learning and memory problems, such as dementia and poor school performance.

-Medical health problems, such as depression and anxiety.

-Social problems, such as loss of productivity, family problems, etc.

-Alcohol dependence or alcoholism.

Many of us wonder how this has not been made illegal even though it is so harmful to human beings.

Skin Care Routine

As we now know, aging begins at an early age, therefore it is important to follow a proper skin care routine. This will help decrease the signs this causes in general. It is recommended to use products of natural origin, vegetables, and that are rich in vitamins and antioxidants. This way we will avoid the appearance of wrinkles,

loss of volume and shine.

Firstly, it is to use a product that completely removes makeup without being aggressive on the skin, making sure it is soft and does not dehydrate the skin.

Equally important, skin toning with the use of an appropriate toner cleanses the skin from the first step and prepares it for the next.

Taking care of your skin gives it the hydration and nutrition it needs. Since normally the face dries out due to age. Use a cream that deeply hydrates and nourishes your skin.

If you avoid exposure to the sun it would be much better, we know that we cannot keep ourselves locked in a dark room but for that there are multiple high SPF sunscreens that can help us combat the damage of UV rays. Not only on the face, but also on the body.

Finally, eat healthily

Many of the antioxidants our bodies need are found in food. Choose a diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants are molecules that have the ability to counteract the damage that free radicals cause in our cells.

Drink water. Water is essential to keep skin hydrated, there are also options such as herbal teas, smoothies and natural juices.

This is a good way to help delay not only aging caused by external oxidative stress, but also the intrinsic or internal causes of skin aging in general.

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