The process of ageing: lifestyle habits

Posted on Sep 14 2016 - 1:00pm by Ashlea Curley
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As we know aging is an unavoidable part of life, we can’t stop it from happening. One day we will wake up and understand what Mulan was talking about with her reflection. As we get older, our lifestyle habits start to take control of our skin. I mean, have you ever seen someone who is 30 years-old but looks 12? That’s probably because she knows how to take care of her body and not feed it with toxins. The best way to take control of your aging all comes back to how you live your life. But how…

Smoking kills more than 5 million people around the world each year as it affects our lungs, heart and brain. So it’s pretty obvious that smoking has a big impact on the ageing process. Each time you take a puff from a cigarette, your blood vessels become thinner. This reduces the circulation and decreases the oxygen level in your blood, meaning premature ageing with wrinkles around the mouth due to constantly pursing of the lips. Meanwhile, inside your body, smoking is releasing all the free radicals. They are able to damage our cells to accelerate the ageing process, which weakens collagen production and breaks down the protein that maintains the skin. Smoking also decreases the amount of red blood cells in the body, causing you to become paler and in some cases, appear greyish. So, if you haven’t already, you know it’s time to quit.

Exercise improves all aspects of our bodies, so it’s no surprise that it can take years off your skin. Exercise is the best way to increase blood flow around the body, and anything that promotes healthy circulation keeps skin healthy. The blood carries oxygen and nutrients to working cells, making them nourishing and keeping them vital. The blood flow is also able to carry free radicals away from the cells, resulting in healthier looking skin.

Sun exposure counts for up to 80% of skin ageing and can age a face by three years. The UV rays cause most of the ageing process with wrinkles, splotchy pigmentation, visible capillaries and loose, rough skin. This is because the rays are able to sink deep into the skin’s inner layers and damage the cells and prevent the skin from repairing itself. The damaged cells then cause havoc on our bodies, resulting in rapidly ageing skin. It also allows free radicals to be produced and cause more damage to our cells, whilst, also decreasing the natural antioxidants in the skin. There is only one thing to remember: the more sun exposure you’ve had, even as a child, the earlier your wrinkles will appear.

A healthy diet can enhance cognitive abilities, protect the brain from damage and slow the effects of ageing. With the damages your skin faces each day from free radicals and sun exposure, it’s important to eat as many antioxidants as your body requires. Antioxidants can delay or even prevent bad molecules from damaging healthy cells. Vitamin C is a main type of antioxidant that is able to keep skin looking younger. They work by protecting the damaged cells caused by free radicals, while working to stop the damage completely. You can find them all in colourful fruits and vegetables like blueberries, carrots, leafy greens and tomatoes.

To keep ourselves looking younger for longer, we need to remember to stay away from smoke and the sun. Spending too much time around smokers or in the sunshine can deteriorate our bodies from the inside. So to keep ourselves looking and feeling good, we need equal out the toxins with the right diet and exercise. Not only does it make our skin look younger, but will make our bodies feel great. You’ll be thanking yourself in years to come.

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