Have you ever wondered why you look older than some of your peers or why some of them look older than you? 

A plastic and aesthetic surgeon, Ayobami Aranmolate, has some answers for you.

You can also do something about it, as he suggests. One place that shows this setting-in of ageing in humans is the face.

He says exposure to sun causes 80% of most common facial wrinkles and age spots.

A great gift to mankind, the sun, according to Dr. Aranmolate, is responsible for accelerating our aging process.

Human activities on earth have violently devastated the Ozone layer. In 2009, nitrous oxide was the largest ozone-depleting substance (ODS) and this substance was emitted through human activities.

He said: “Exposure to sun causes most of the skin changes that we think of as normal part of aging process.

“Aging process starts from age 20, which is called the second decade of life when you start to notice visible signs of aging.

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“Sometimes, there are certain things that affect some people and it makes them age quicker compared with others.

“Over time, the sun light damages the fibre in the skin called elastin. The skin begins to sag, stretch and lose its ability to go back into place after stretching.

“Also, the skin bruises and tears more easily, taking longer to heal.

“While sun's damage to the skin may not be apparent when you’re young, it will definitely show later in life".

The medical director of Grandville Medical and Laser, told the News Agency of Nigeria that areas to pay special attention to were those parts of the body that start to show signs of aging such as the face, neck, hands and feet.

You can however slow the ageing process by doing a few things that the surgeon suggests. 

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“When it comes to diet, taking antioxidants like vitamin C, fruits and lots of veggies is good, as the body produces a lot of free radicals.

“It is also important to know that a healthy person will naturally look better and younger than someone who is not," he says.

He advised that the best way to minimise the damage and wrinkles is to take preventive measures. He adds that the aging process for every human is inevitable.

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