The first and most important thing about ageing is: It doesn't have to be bad. You can grow old (bugger gracefully) beautifully. I think the more we embrace the absolute inevitable, A) it helps to combat one of the main causes of ageing - STRESS - but B) also helps us to work on the condition in which we do grow old. Ageing might be inevitable but the rate in which we age, is not.
Sun damage: UV Rays are known to be responsible for 80% of our ageing. Studies show, the repeated exposure of UV rays, causes the break down of collagen and inhibits the production of new collagen. It over stimulates pigment producing melanocytes that cause sun spots and uneven skin tone.
Smoking: As if you needed another reason to quit BUT! Smoking does indeed age the skin more rapidly. Smoking narrows the blood vessels to the outermost layers of the skin. It also inhibits nutrients such as Vitamin A and oxygen flow getting to the dermis which is where the wrinkles appear in the skin. There are over 4000 chemicals in cigarettes that also breakdown the collagen and elastine in the skin.
Stress: Telomeres are like a little tip on the end of our cellular DNA (like the plastic tip on a shoelace) stopping it from fraying and ultimately breaking down (causing the skin to appear aged). The more stressed out you are, the more likely you are to damage and ultimately breakdown the Telomeres holding each DNA strand together. The good news about this process is, once the stress is removed they seem to come back BUT! Sometimes you actually can't remove the stress so learning to deal with the stress is sometimes more effective. Physical activity also help to disburse stress causing hormones and eliminate them.
Unhealth: Your body is a temple....... is quite a boring statement. Although, there are much more antioxidants, vitamins and minerals in healthy, fresh food than there is in over processed packaged food full of preservatives and chemicals which actually hinder and break down all the good healthy cells your body naturally produce. It's a no-brainer that you are going to appear younger if you keep yourself hydrated, which will plump the skin and fill the skin with nutrient rich food promoting healthy cell renewal.
Genetics: To me, the least important of all the factors. Reason being, I see clients all the time with the beginnings of genetic downfalls from family lines all the time. With the use of good skin care and a healthy diet, an obstacle easily overcome. On the other hand, if your mum looked like she's 40 when she is into her 70's, chances are you have hit the genetic jackpot - LUCKY YOU!
Afew tips on how to grow old beautifully...
Learn to deal with stress in a healthy manor
Exercise regularly and stay active
Enjoy a healthy diet
Use sun protection
Use good quality chemical free skin care that has been specifically prescribed for you - including regular exfoliation
Regular salon professional intensive treatments
Drink lots of water