Premature Aging: Causes and Prevention

No one is exempt from the effects of aging—but there might just be some things you can do to help.

Aging is a natural process that happens to everyone and is a result of telomeres shortening. Telomeres are kind of like caps at the end of our DNA strands. The longer we are alive, the shorter these caps get until they are almost gone. Our DNA gets exposed to damage when telomeres reach this point, thus causing aging. For most people, physical signs of aging—such as fine lines and grey hairs—begin to occur in their late 20s and early 30s. For some, this happens earlier and is a direct result of the environment. 

What Causes Premature Aging?

Signs of aging typically get more apparent the longer we live. Genetics also plays a part in how quickly we age, and this factor cannot be changed or influenced. Preventable and controllable factors of aging are lifestyle choices. Premature aging can be a result of our lifestyles that we typically don’t give much thought to. Maybe you’re always outside but rarely put on sunscreen. Or maybe you work in a fast-paced, stressful environment and never practice self-care. These things affect your aging process.

Causes of premature aging include:

  • Smoking
  • Sun exposure
  • Sleep habits and stress
  • Diet

Premature aging can take many forms: fine lines and wrinkles, grey hairs, sunspots, dry or itchy skin, sagging skin, sunken cheeks or temples, hair loss.  Premature aging has more than just physical, visible effects. When our telomeres shorten, no matter our age, we become more susceptible to diseases such as diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, and heart failure. This is why it is important to treat our bodies well and prevent premature aging.

How To Prevent Premature Aging

There are so many expensive creams and lotions claiming to help stop aging and make you look younger—but did you know that you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars to prevent premature aging? Preventing premature aging lies in lifestyle choices with just simple changes could go a long way. The following are top ways to help prevent premature aging.

Protect Against The Sun

One of the biggest culprits of fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin is sun exposure. Many people don’t usually give much thought to using sunscreen unless they’re at the beach or on a hike. But we’re susceptible to the sun’s rays, even if we are indoors. Protect your skin by wearing sunscreen with at least 30 SPF daily. Wear hats and long sleeves if you are going to be outside for long periods. 

If you see sunspots on your skin, you can use aloe vera, vitamin C, or products with alpha hydroxy acid to help them fade. There are also clinical treatment options such as pulsed light therapy, cryotherapy, and chemical peels.

Get Your Zs In

Sleep is powerful. It helps us refresh and reset, boosts our immune system, helps strengthen our heart, improves memory, and more. Sleep is especially important to help combat premature aging. A study has indicated that sleeping helps regenerate cells and helps support skin barrier function. Get the hours you need by setting a fixed night routine and limiting screen time at night.

Manage Stress

Stress triggers an inflammatory response in your body, which can cause faster aging. Manage and lower your stress by practicing self-care and relaxation. Catch up with a loved one, read a book, or draw a bath. Elevate your self-care and improve stress management with CBD products, which have been shown to help alleviate stress and tension. A88CBD™ offers tons of products to enhance your relaxation routine, from bath bombs to gummies.

Exercise Often, Eat Well

Studies have shown that exercising helps improve circulation and boosts the immune system, which can help slow down signs of aging and keep you healthy even in older age. Just like exercise, eating a healthy, well-balanced diet helps your body fight aging. A diet full of fresh fruits and veggies is your best friend. Studies suggest that diets with a lot of sugar and refined carbohydrates can accelerate aging. Lowering alcohol consumption is also recommended since alcohol dehydrates and damages the skin.

Aging is a natural process, but making simple changes like eating better and wearing sunscreen can make all the difference in premature aging.


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