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How To Slow Down The Ageing Process

Aug 17, 2007
Your skin ages through both inner and outer aging factors. Inner factors include overall health, nutrition, water content, hormone balance, genetics, and toxins. Outer factors are mainly sun and pollution.

If you are a smoker, you should know that this influences both inner and outer ageing factors. It influences inner factors because you are putting deadly toxins into your body and compromising your immune system (which takes us back to health). Outwardly, smoking tends to stretch the skin around your mouth and covers your skin in nicotine and tar build up (just as it does your lungs), adding even more pollutants to your skin. The skin of the face and hands are most affected by smoking.

Understanding that ageing is a process that we cannot stop is important to your psychological outlook concerning your appearance as you grow older. Even though we cannot stop ageing, we can slow the process and keep from ageing prematurely (faster than our genetic makeup has mapped).

External corrections include a variety of things. Smokers will need to find a way to break this habit if they truly want to slow practice successful anti aging techniques and keep themselves looking the best that they can. The second thing, which may actually be the most important, is the use of good sunscreens. Price does not make sunscreen better or worse. The sun protection factor on the label is the same no matter the brand; for instance, a $5 sunscreen with a 45 SPF is just as effective as a $20 sunscreen with the same SPF. Aside from these, keep your skin clean and free of toxins and pollutants helps with anti ageing. Use a complete skin care system designed for your skin (organic skin care is important because you are not absorbing pesticides and other man made chemicals through the skin).

Internally, a healthy diet with lots of water intake is extremely important. When you give your body what it needs, you help it to cleanse itself on the inside, removing various toxins that we acquire through various factors including: environmental pollutants and toxins that our body isolates from things we eat. By eating a balanced meal with organic foods, you seriously reduce your toxin intake from food. Water is so important because it replaces the water currently in your body (which is 60% of your total body weight) and it is a major factor in the removal of internal toxins. Keeping your body hydrated is essential to healthy looking skin.

A good skin care regimen is important to anti-ageing techniques because it keeps your skin free of outer toxins. Organic skin care can be purchased as ready made products or you can make your own skin care products at home. Either way, take care to get products (or ingredients) that are certified organic. This basically means that there are no pesticides or man made chemicals in the ingredients used to create the product. Cleansing and moisturizing are the two most important steps in your skin care, but a full regimen is recommended. Moisturizers are especially important if you have dry skin, which tends to show age even faster. Applying moisturizer to a damp face helps seal in moisture. Be sure that the moisturizing products that you purchase do not contain alcohol as this dries the skin and creates a vicious cycle of your skin needing more moisture. Again, the best way to keep your skin hydrated and free of inner toxins is through drinking plenty of water and cutting your caffeine, which is a diuretic (meaning it draws moisture out of your body).

Various ingredients may be found in ready-made products and can contribute (to some extent) to the anti-ageing techniques. These ingredients include: Aloe Vera, Alpha lipolic acid, coenzyme Q10, copper, Embilica, flavonoids, Phyto-oestrogens, and Vitamins A, C, and E.

Even though these are said to help in the anti ageing process, the strength and penetration abilities of the product are crucial to the performance of the anti ageing product. Many homemade skin care products contain a variety of natural ingredients that also affect the ageing process and are very beneficial to the skin.

Keep in mind that the anti ageing techniques all work together to reduce speed in visible signs of ageing. You can use only one or two, but you will not see the same results that someone who uses all techniques to their advantage. While ageing is a process that we cannot stop, we can slow it down with the proper care of our bodies both internally and externally.
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