Steps to prevent premature ageing
Question : How do you prevent premature ageing? Several people whom I met recently
said that I look older than my age. I am only 23 years old. Please advise.
Answer : Freckles, deep wrinkles, age spots and rough skin indicate premature ageing
caused by years of unprotected exposure to the sun. Smoking and an unhealthy
lifestyle wilt increase wrinkling and dryness of the skin. A diet which mainly consists
of highly processed foods and alcohol along with insufficient intake of fresh fruits and
vegetables accelerates the ageing process.
You can prevent signs of premature ageing by protecting your skin from the sun and
adopting a healthier diet and lifestyle. Always use a good sunscreen (typical SPF 15) and
apply it at least 20 minutes before going outdoors. Exercise tones muscles and helps
promote blood flow which is necessary for healthy skin and body. If you are under '
stress, take some time off and go for a spa or relaxing massage.
Evening primrose oil may help in a healthy skin. It provides omega-6 for modulation
of membrane function. Besides that, supplements of antioxidants such as beta-carotene,
vitamin C, E, zinc and selenium may also help to improve the condition and reduce the
damage done by the free radicals to the skin.