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Holding back ageing process
Holding back ageing process

Is it really possible to delay the ageing process? Experts are now saying a yes – and that it is all down to lifestyle.

A new study involving 23andMe – experts in genetics and the skincare company Olay, has found genes are not nearly as important as environmental and lifestyle factors in determining how young a person’s skin appears.

The researchers engaged with 155,000 women between the ages of 20 and 64 – looking at family histories and daily habits to see which had the biggest influence on how youthful the women looked.

The study pointed out that although a person’s genes can give them a head start when it comes to ageing well such as dark-skinned women being more resilient to the sun, it is the every day choices of the person that really shape how they age.

The choices include where you live – living in the city means that you spend more time indoors and consequently less exposure to damaging UV rays; your energy levels; your happiness; your exercise regime; and how long you sleep – you need eight or more hours of sleep a night; and taking a multi-vitamin.

The following guide should help you slow down the ageing process:

Daily sunscreen

Women who used sunscreen more than 90 per cent of the time are 78 per cent more likely to age very slowly. Frequency – daily use is key.

Positive thinking

Women who had a positive attitude towards themselves were 30 per cent more likely to age very slowly.

It is helpful to engage in exercises that have been proven to improve happiness and self-worth, such as writing down three good things that happened to you every day.

Moisturise daily

Women who suffer from dry skin are 30 per cent less likely to age slowly  – they are more likely to age faster.

Incorporate into your daily diet foods that contain essential fatty acids, such as salmon, mackerel, avocados, flaxseeds, walnuts and pecans. Furthermore, moisturise daily.

Take multivitamins

Women who take supplements are 18 per cent more likely to age very slowly.

Try: Perfectil Platinum (£23.95 for 30, vitabiotics.com) — a trial showed it protected skin from dryness associated with winter.

Be active

The research shows keen exercisers are 14 per cent more likely to be super-agers.

Try: Anything that gets your heart pumping — a brisk walk, a regular swim, or a Zumba class, the important thing is that you do it regularly.

’ says principal scientist Dr Frauke Neuser.

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