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Wrinkles are a tell-tale sign of the aging of our skin that we all don’t like to see. The question is: can we prevent skin aging? Or is there something we can do to atleast reduce the speed of aging of our skin?

Skin aging is not fully understood, but it is clear that it is the result of both external factors and a process inside the body. The process inside the body also affects other organs. A reduction of sex hormones that starts in your mid-twenties leads to drier, thinner and less elastic skin. Because of this you are more likely to get wounds, bruising or wrinkles. Some people also get age spots and/or skin tags. Next to this internal process the main external factor is ultraviolet (UV) light that causes so-called photo-aging of the skin. The UV light is thought to cause oxidative stress in the body. In oxidative stress, the body is not able to detoxify high levels of reactive oxygen species that are formed by the body in a reaction to exposure to for example UV light or heat. Antioxidants can help with fighting oxidative stress.

While the internal process is thought to be mostly unpreventable, we can actually influence skin aging by looking at the factors we can influence. Taking proper care of your body in general and your skin more specifically is not difficult.

A healthy diet with fruits and vegetables is considered a safe method to make sure that you have sufficient antioxidants like vitamin C and E in your body to fight the oxidative stress caused by UV light. Recent research indicates that regular endurance exercise might improve the metabolism of skin cells.

Smoking increases skin wrinkling and disturbs healing of wounds because of less blood flow to the skin and oxidative stress to the skin cells. Stopping smoking is healthier for your skin. Your skin will also have a healthier outlook, for example less grey in color, if you are not smoking.

You can also protect your skin from harmful influences. Your skin can dry out if you use hot water and harsh soaps to bathe or shower, so use warm water and mild soap instead. After showering you can rehydrate your skin with a moisturizer.

Protective clothing is useful both to protect you from UV rays and hot weather but also from frostbite in cold weather. If you have to be in the sun and can’t or don’t want to cover your skin then you can use a sunscreen cream with at least SPF 30 or a moisturizing cream with a UV filter. Make sure your sun protection blocks both UV-A and UV-B rays. Your facial skin will be happy if you wear a head cover that provides some shade to your face, like a hat with a wide brim.

Special creams, some dietary supplements and substances can help your skin to retain its moisture and its strength. Hyaluronic acid for example is an important molecule that is naturally present in skins cells and helps to keep moisture in your skin. Astragaloside IV and Cycloastragenol are substances extracted from the plant Astragalus membranaceus. Astragaloside IV prevents collagen reduction in your skin as a response to UV light. Collagen helps to keep your skin elastic. Research indicates that Cycloastragenol could prevent DNA damage in your body through activation of telomerase – an enzyme that grows protective end-caps (telomeres) for your DNA.

For Long Life has combined these 3 key substances in their Light of Life supplement ( ) which can help you to fight the aging of your skin.

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