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The Best Article on Aging You'll Ever Read

Sep 6, 2008
Wind, weather, time and tide, are elements that are unkind to your skin. Your skin is your body's largest organ and the one that is most exposed to the ravages of the environment. Environmental exposure and sunlight advances the natural aging process that takes place throughout our bodies' cells (except in the brain, unless there's a brain disease). To prevent this from happening, continue reading, and discover why this will be the best article on aging you'll ever encounter.

If you smoke, the aging process will be worse for you. Smoking causes your body to process oxygen less efficiently than it would, and this in turn robs nutrients from your skin and causes it to lose its sheen and elasticity earlier than normal. This is why so many young people get crow's feet around their eyes if they smoke.

Not protecting your skin against the sun, even if you are dark-skinned, will also make you look older faster. If you are fair-skinned you have to be even more careful. But regardless of your skin type, all are at risk. Time out in direct sunlight after dawn without sunblock or protective garments has to be minimized. Protective garments can come in the form of longer sleeves, brimmed caps and gloves (like batter's gloves).

If you had acne as a teenager or are prone to it as an adult this may leave scarring that causes your skin to look aged, too.

Few people like their wrinkles. Wrinkles are a sign of getting closer to death and they are seen as a sign of lost energy. They also are a kind of harm done to the skin, and we don't like looking harmed and we don't find harm attractive in others.

All of these environmental effects go hand in hand with the unfortunate but natural process of the slow diminishing of our cells' telomeres, the gradual loss of moisture from our skin through the decades, and the oxidation (or "rusting") that takes place within our bodies as we slowly age. And if we don't eat right, our food consumption becomes yet another way in which we harm our skin's appearance.


There are plenty of ways to reverse or at least greatly diminish this aging process and keep your skin looking radiant, smooth, and healthy with a high color.

Prevention should begin from the earliest possible age. That means that even as a teenager, a person should begin doing the things that will prevent the onset of skin aging. Using moisturizing skin creams, especially those made from all natural ingredients without any stearyl alcohol and containing things like aloe vera, lavender, tea tree oil, and kelp extracts, should begin in the teenage years, although even if you are in your 40s or 50s you can begin using these creams and get results.

If you have never smoked, don't; and if you do, reduce it or just quit entirely.

Try to engage in intense physical exercise including cardiovascular activity consistently--five days a week or at least every other day. Not smoking and getting enough exercise will allow you to breathe much more deeply, supplying your cells with more oxygen and removing more toxins from your body, both of which result in healthier skin.

Stay out of the sun for prolonged periods. "Laying out" is, frankly, one of the worst cultural norms we ever came up with. It's folly. And never use a tanning bed or "spray tan".

Eat and drink plenty of foods that contain anti-oxidants, such as all-fruit drinks, tea, fresh vegetables and fruits, and nuts and legumes. Cut back on refined sugars and fried foods that can "gunk up" your pores. Also take dietary supplements that are known for promoting healthy skin and hair such as biotin, ginseng, Co-Q10, and others that you can find through research.

Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids, especially if you drink alcohol or coffee.

Unfortunately, reading an article on aging is insufficient in fighting back the hands of time. In order to maintain a youthful and healthy appearance, you should make the necessary changes in your life that will help you live a longer, healthier life. Should we fail to safeguard our youth, the insatiable greed of time will eventually rob us of it.
About the Author
Click here to get free advice on how you can enhance the look of your skin. Ray A. Rubio is a skin care specialist providing advice on choosing the best wrinkle cream for you. Visit http://www.clear-and-clean-skin.com for more details.
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