A youthful skin that defies age, isn’t that on the wish list of most around us? Who wouldn’t want to turn back time and shed a few years off their face? Many would secretly flip through pages of fashion magazines and browse tips and tricks to look younger.

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A few others wouldn’t mind resorting to cosmetic treatments to get that enviable younger look. Unfortunately, reality doesn’t rely on shortcuts. It’s about time we realised the mechanism of the human ageing process and understand its irreversible nature. 

Ageing is a gradual process which can be slowed down further, but never stopped. Two people of the same age may look different in terms of their age. This difference is an output of a combination of factors – genetic makeup, heredity traits and lifestyle.

It is said that a beautiful skin usually comes as an inheritance, but it doesn’t really stop at that, does it? A lot also depends on how well you protect and safeguard your health. Good genes can’t help you if you lead an unhealthy lifestyle.

Right from the time you were born, you have been ageing. But how do you know when age is catching up to you and you are becoming ‘old’?

  1. Dark spots: Dark spots, also called hyper pigmentation are caused by a variety of reasons. It could be caused by sun damage, inflammation, skin injuries or even acne.
  2. Sagging skin: Ageing as well as the act of gaining and losing weight reduces the tautness of skin and gives an impression of loose skin and a perpetually tired look.
  3. Dull glow-less skin: Dryness is exacerbated by wind, extremes of temperature and air-conditioning. It causes the skin to flake, chap and feel tight.
  4. Lines & wrinkles: These are a natural, unavoidable part of ageing. But, young people may get wrinkles way before their time due to excessive damage from the sun or by smoking.
  5. Dry skin: Apart from being uncomfortable, dry skin creates scaly lines and wrinkles and is not to appealing to look at. Fortunately, most dry skin results from environmental factors that can be wholly or partially controlled.
  6. Patchy skin: It is generally caused by differences in melanin content in different parts of the skin, but could also be caused by vascular (blood vessels) changes or the growth of foreign organisms on the skin.
  7. Open pores:Open pores are sometimes referred to as a “strawberry nose”. However they can occur anywhere on the face, back, chest or upper arms.