Aging is a biological and natural process. The signs begin to appear around the age of 40, with the development of small wrinkles which can become more pronounced over time.
These signs of aging are a consequence of hormonal decline which affects skin cells and the production of collagen and elastin, requires publication in a magazine In very good healthof the company Sanitas (Spain).
However, they can also be the result of other aspects such as bad lifestyle habits, pollution, excessive sun exposure and stress, which are factors in people aging prematurely.
A poor diet, low levels of collagen in the body, lack of rest, among others, can dramatically speed up this process and make its effects on the body more evident over the years.
There are signals which are essential and which mainly affect the skin and to which special attention must be paid in order to act to prevent or delay aging. Otherwise, these signs may take more years than people really have.
According to the Body Mind portal, three unmistakable signs of premature aging are eye redness, droopy eyelids, and oiliness around the eyes, as well as wrinkles and sagging skin around them.
In the first aspect, according to the aforementioned source, the reddish color can be due to allergies or to the fact that a person spends a lot of time in front of a screen, for example; But when it becomes a permanent problem, it can be a sign of inflammation linked to arthritis, a disease associated with aging. “An alkaline diet, rich in antioxidants, can reduce inflammation, joint pain and stiffness,” says Body Mind.
When it comes to droopy eyelids, factors such as fatigue, allergies, thyroid problems or water retention can cause this situation. This is also reflected in the oxidative stress generated when free radicals begin to damage cells. Normally, this oxidation is linked to the consumption of processed or refined foods, so reducing your intake is one of the best ways to prevent it.
Third, although wrinkles and expression lines are part of the normal aging process, the truth is that some people may start to experience them before they should.. In this aspect, although topical treatments can help, diet is decisive in dealing with it.
For example, according to Body Mind, nasolabial lines can indicate a congested digestive system and overloaded liver, or cells not getting enough oxygen.
Aspects such as eating well, getting enough rest and exercising regularly are essential to help prevent premature aging. The Tua Saúde health portal indicates that the most effective foods for achieving this goal are those rich in antioxidants, such as vitamins A, C and E; carotenoids; flavonoids and selenium, capable of neutralizing free radicals. These antioxidants can be found in most fruits, vegetables and grains.
On the other hand, the review In very good health indicates that adequate rest is vital to maintain healthy skin, since during the hours of sleep the body secretes several substances that support the cell regeneration necessary to maintain the skin in good condition.
To have a restful rest, specialists advise to sleep at least seven hours a day and without interruption. When you don’t rest well, unsightly signs such as dark circles and bags under the eyes can appear.
Another recommendation is hydration. Drinking water helps flush out toxins and keep skin healthy. Ingested water keeps the skin hydrated and acts as a moisturizer from the inside out.
“As a rule of thumb, it is recommended to drink about two liters of water a day, and even more in places with very hot climates, to compensate for sweating,” the Sanitas publication states.
You can also hydrate your skin by eating fruits and vegetables, especially those high in lycopene and beta-carotene, such as red tomatoes, watermelon, or carrots.