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A person starts to age from the moment he or she is conceived. Growing old is a normal part of life and there is no way to stop or reverse this process. Men and women get extremely anxious about their age after a certain age and worry about wanting to looking young while aging gracefully.

It is easy to get caught up in your life and forget about maintaining your looks and health. Modern lifestyle is fast-paced which entails a lack of proper rest and nutrition, dearth of physical activity, as well as smoking and drinking. Such a lifestyle can take a toll on your health and make you look much older than your real age.

Premature aging hinders the process of aging gracefully. It refers to the earlier-than-normal appearance of the signs of aging such as sagging skin, fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, dark spots, and dryness.

With proper and timely care and attention, however, premature aging of the skin can be prevented. Here are a few tips for that.

1. Eat Healthy
Eating fresh, healthy, and balanced meals contributes to the overall well-being of a person. Foods which are rich in anti-oxidants, vitamins, fatty oils, can do your skin a world of good as it depends on nutritious food to glow naturally.

For a healthy body and a supple skin, include vegetables, fruits, lentils, whole grains, olive oil, and nuts in your diet. Avoid sugar, processed food, and simple carbohydrates.

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2. Exercise Is a Must
One cannot stress enough the importance of exercising (as opposed to over-exercising) when it comes to preventing premature aging of skin. Indulging in physical activity on a regular basis is one of the most effective and natural ways to prevent aging.

Make sure you exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, for 6 days in a week to see the difference.

3. Sleep Well
When you sleep, your body starts repairing and restoring damaged cells. If you don’t get adequate sleep, your body starts to produce excess cortisol, which is a hormone that breaks down skin cells.

Getting sufficient beauty sleep ensures that you get ample rest and your body gets enough time to heal itself, part of which results in an increased elasticity in your skin, making it less likely to wrinkle.

4. Moisturize Much
The appearance of your skin is largely determined by how hydrated it is. This is why skin experts always talk about drinking plenty of water and moisturizing every day. Both these elements leave you with softer, smoother skin.

Applying body lotion right after a bath (when the skin is till damp) helps as the skin can absorb the moisture better that way.

Pick a moisturizer/lotion depending on your skin type.

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5. Wear Sunscreen
Prolonged exposure to the harmful UV rays from the sun is the leading cause of skin damage and that includes premature aging. Here’s what you can do to protect yourself:

  • Wear sunscreen with SPF 15 (or more) every day, even if you’re planning to stay indoors. Apply it at least 30 minutes prior to stepping out in the sun for maximum benefit.
  • Avoid the sun between 10am and 3pm, which is when it is the strongest.
  • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes, and a large hat with a brim to cover your face.

6. Don’t Smoke
Smoking not only shortens your life, it also wreaks havoc with your skin. Apart from that, it also contributes to the discoloration of the skin, lips, teeth, and nails, which can only make one look unattractive.

As much as possible, avoid both – primary as well as secondary smoke.

7.  Don’t Drink
Drinking too much alcohol can result in broken blood vessels. These may start appearing near your skin’s surface causing you to appear older than you may be. It also damages the liver, which hinders it from flushing out the toxins from your body as effectively as it could.

You will do well to cut back on your drinking or giving it up entirely as the benefits will mirror themselves in your health and skin.

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8. Keep Stress Away
Stress can often result in a lack of sleep, or make you resort to smoking and drinking to escape it. As already mentioned, these are unhealthy habits which can contribute to making you look old and wrinkled. Beat stress with a hobby, meditation, yoga and deep breathing.

9. Don’t Over-Wash
Tap water may contain salts and chemicals which can strip your skin of its natural oils and moisture resulting in the development of early wrinkles. While washing your face with a good cleanser suited to your skin type is essential, over-washing it could mean washing away your skin’s natural defenses.

10. Indulge in Facials
Indulging in skin-friendly facials every now and then could make a big difference in the way your skin looks and feels. You need not spend a bomb on it, though. A simple 30-minute facial which includes cleansing, exfoliating (with a gentle facial scrub), a hydrating facemask, steaming and moisturizing should do the trick!

11. Keep Warm in Winters
Cold temperature and winds can rob your skin of its natural moisture and can make it dry, irritated and rough. Make it a point to use a scarf to protect your face when out in the cold. Further, invest in a good moisturizer.

12. Use Good Makeup
Most of us experiment with various beauty products before deciding which ones suit us best. High-quality cosmetics are expensive and experimenting with them can pinch your pocket. It is best to look for freebies or testers of such products and try those to help you decide which ones to buy.

13. Don’t Torment Your Skin
Avoid pulling, rubbing your skin, or any other activity that can cause trauma to it. Aging skin is sensitive and already subjected to UV rays, pollution and stress. I’m sure it doesn’t need any more of it.

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14. Be Happy
Do the things you like and surround yourself with people who make you happy and watch your skin glow.

15. Consult Your Dermatologist
Consulting your dermatologist from time to time about maintaining the health of your skin can help prevent its premature aging.

By following the above tips and making simple changes to your lifestyle, you can ensure that you preserve your youthful looks and continue to minimize the signs of aging.