About the Aging Process
Factors that affect the aging process
- The amount of sun damage you have had over the years
- Genetic factors, such as a family predisposition to having early wrinkles or gray hair
- Whether or not you smoke
- Whether or not you have given birth
- How much exercise you get
- The quality of your diet
Changes in the body
Men and women will age in different ways, but all bodies have a few characteristics in common.
- When you were a child, your skin was full of collagen and fat that kept it taut and firm. Over time, you will begin to lose that collagen. The skin thins, causing wrinkles.
- You may find that you gain weight more easily—and in different places—than you used to.
- Gravity causes your skin to sag.
- You may find that your jawbones or chin become more pronounced.
- Your lips aren't as full as they used to be.
- Tiny blood vessels become apparent on the face and elsewhere on the body.
Ways to slow the aging process
- Eating a healthy diet
- Getting adequate exercise
- Not smoking or taking drugs
- Cosmetic surgery is a more dramatic form of intervention. While cosmetic surgery cannot stop the aging process, it can slow its effects.