We all want to look our very best, each day, as good as we can and for as long as possible. For centuries, the human race has been trying to prevent aging or at least to delay the process as far as possible.
Looking younger is more of a need than a wish in today’s times. It is not surprising that more and more men and women are ready to go under the knife to achieve ageless beauty.
However, surgeries can go wrong and lead to undesirable consequences, making you look worse. Does that mean you should give up on looking young?
Although we can’t stop* the clock from ticking, we can slow down its effects on our skin. Here is an anti-aging skin care plan that can do wonders for your skin and help you look younger effortlessly.
Starting Early Is Important: It is a general notion that one needs to be concerned about their aging skin only after they hit the 40-year milestone. However, this is not true.
Aging is not an incidence but a gradual process. We are aging every day, every minute. So, the earlier you start taking care of your skin, the healthier your skin is going to be in the long run.
Be more conscious of what you apply on your skin, the makeup, the moisturizer, everything. Start taking care of your skin right in your 20s, when most careless damage is done.
Skin Needs Hydration: Water makes up 70% of the human body and plays a major role in maintaining the physiological balance. However, unlike other essential nutrients, daily water requirement is not given enough emphasis.
Water content of the skin plays a vital role in different skin functions, such as the “barrier” function or “envelope” function, and water deficiency is associated with several skin disorders.
Nutrition Is Vital: We are what we eat! And this holds true even for your skin. Your skin not only reflects your age but also your general inner-health status. Remember that healthy skin is going to look younger.
The effect of nutrition on skin aging has been an ongoing topic of research since decades. Tocopherols, carotenoids, and flavonoids, as well as vitamins (A, C, D and E), essential omega-3-fatty acids, some proteins and lactobacilli have been found to be agents capable of promoting skin health and beauty.
Reactive oxygen species are molecules released in the body that are known to speed up the process of skin aging by their oxidative action. However, this can be countered by consuming foods that are rich in antioxidants.
Although there are several nutritional supplements available in the market, research shows that fruit and vegetable consumption is the most healthy and safe way to fulfill your antioxidant requirements and achieve youthful skin.
Thus, do not forget to add fresh vegetables and fruits to your daily diet. Try and have at least 5-7 portions of fresh, raw fruits and vegetables each day. They provide not just vitamins and antioxidants, but trace minerals, water and fiber that act in different ways towards a healthier you.
Overexposure To The Sun Spells Danger: There are several external factors too that affect our skin color and texture. Although skin-aging is a natural process, exposure to factors such as pollution, ionizing radiation, chemicals, and toxins enhances* the aging process.
Excessive sun-exposure in particular causes the skin to age prematurely, also known as photoaging. It brings about structural and physiological alterations in the skin layers.
Photoaged skin shows a thickened topmost layer of the skin i.e. epidermis, mottled discoloration, deep wrinkles, laxity, dullness, and roughness. Thus, it is important to protect* the skin from the harmful rays of the sun.
The easiest way to do this is to apply a sunscreen at least 30 minutes before you intend to move out of the house. Also, try to cover your skin as much as possible when outdoors. Wear a hat, cover the face with a scarf, opt for long sleeves, and gloves too if needed. 
A Daily Skincare Routine Works: A healthy, youthful skin cannot be achieved overnight and needs consistent care and protection. Looking after your skin on an everyday basis is a must. One needs to get into the habit of daily cleansing, toning, and moisturizing.
This is especially true for dry skin, as this skin type is more prone to premature skin aging like wrinkles, crow feet around the eyes, etc.
Although avoiding cosmetics is very difficult in today’s times, care must be taken thoroughly remove* all product off your skin and let your skin breathe free before going to bed each night.
Hormones Play A Key Role: Skin aging is interplay of internal factors such as genetics, external factors such as photoaging, and hormonal changes which are particularly seen in women.
Estrogens have a significant effect on skin physiology. They have shown to enhance* skin wound healing* and play a protective role against photoaging. Thus, some studies claim* that administration of estrogen can significantly delay aging of the skin.
Thus, hormonal replacement therapy, which is becoming popular to counter post-menopausal changes, can also help in achieving youthful skin. 
Facial Expressions Can Age Skin: Wrinkling of the skin is caused by alterations in muscle tone, loss of subcutaneous fat tissue, gravity, and reduction* in facial bones and cartilage that happens with aging.
Our life is full of experiences, which we express through facial expressions. However, repeated strong facial expressions result in expression lines over time. These are often observed on the forehead, between eyebrows, and around the nose and mouth.
The clincher is that small steps taken daily, healthy skin habits followed routinely go longer than radical surgical or cosmetic treatments done every once in a while to keep aging at bay.
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