We all age, but premature aging occurs when this process happens faster than it should. The leading causes are environmental and lifestyle factors for premature aging. Wrinkles, age spots, dryness, and loss of skin tone are the most common signs of premature aging. Healthy lifestyle choices can help to slow and prevent premature aging.
What are the early signs of aging?
Our bodies naturally age over time. Premature aging occurs when the typical effects of growing older occur at an early age. It occurs when your body appears to be older than your actual age. The following are the most common signs of premature aging:
- Age spots
- Loss of skin tone,
- Sunken cheeks
What factors contribute to premature aging?
Multiple environmental and lifestyle factors contribute to premature aging.
Sun exposure causes a variety of skin problems. UV (ultraviolet) light and sun exposure age your skin faster than naturally. Photoaging is responsible for 90% of visible changes in your skin. UV light damages skin cells, causing premature changes such as age spots. This exposure to the sun also raises the risk of skin cancer.
The remaining 10% of skin changes are caused by high-energy visible (HEV) and infrared light. HEV light (also known as blue) is emitted by the sun and electronic devices such as smartphones. Infrared light is invisible, but we frequently perceive it as heat.
Avoid excessive sun exposure:
- Take precautions to protect yourself from sun damage.
- Wear sunscreen all year, even if you plan to be in the shade.
- Always choose UV protection with an SPF of 30 or higher.
- Wear protective gear, such as a hat and sunglasses.
- Avoid tanning beds and, instead, use self-tanning products.
Stop smoking: If you smoke, you should stop as soon as possible. If you need assistance quitting, speak with your healthcare provider.
Consume more fruits and vegetables: A well-balanced diet can help to prevent premature aging. Limit your intake of sugar and refined carbohydrates.
Reduce your alcohol consumption: Because alcohol causes premature skin aging, limiting your alcohol consumption can help prevent further damage.
Regular physical activity improves circulation and strengthens the immune system, promoting healthy aging.
Take care of your skin:
- Cleanse it daily to remove dirt, makeup, sweat, and other irritants.
- Avoid harsh skin care products that contain fragrances or have a high pH.
- Moisturize your skin daily to avoid dryness and itchiness.
Reduce your stress levels: Try to eliminate as much stress from your life as possible. Find healthy stress management techniques for the stressors you can't avoid (such as meditation or exercise).
Sleep: Sleeping less than seven hours per night can cause your body's cells to age faster.