Habits That Age You and How to Break Them

1. Not drinking enough water

I have been there, yes it can be super hard to remember to drink enough water. I remember the time when I would not drink water for days. Once when I was in school, I went to the gym with a friend to work out. At the end of our work out, he asked if I was a camel since I did not drink water at all. I laughed, but I also felt so bad about not drinking enough water.

Whenever you feel thirsty or even hungry, it is important to drink water and to push yourself to drink more and more each day. Not drinking enough water dehydrates our skin causing sun damage, blemishes, dull, saggy and wrinkled face. So never underestimate the importance of water. I have this huge glass, and it motivates me to drink more water.

I’d recommend getting a water bottle or a glass that motivates you to drink more water and keeping track of how much you drink daily to increase your water intake.

2. Not wearing sunscreen

If you are already not wearing sunscreen every day, you really should start. It may feel like wearing sunscreen during summer is plenty, but it is not enough. It is important to wear sunscreen every day regardless of the season.

The UV and UVB cause uneven skin tones, make blemishes appear browner, increase the appearance of wrinkles, and cause skin cancer. So in order to protect your skin from sun damage, wear sunscreen every day. Include it in your skincare regimen before applying your makeup on so it can be soaked up by your skin.   

3. Sleeping on the wrong pillowcase

Rough pillowcases or sleeping on your face can cause premature wrinkles. Use satin or silk pillowcases to decrease the occurrence of fine lines and wrinkles. Using silk or sating pillowcases will not magically protect your face to ever develop wrinkles. However, it delays the appearance of fine lines as much as possible. Buy a satin or silk pillowcase today, and try not to sleep on your side or stomach.

Silk pillowcase

4. Eating junk food

Oh, Junk food… This one is a hard one for me. I love junk food, I would be the happiest person alive if I could enter a junk food eating contest. It is, however, extremely bad for you. Excess intake of junk food can cause cancer, weight gain, and it is awful for your skin. The chemicals, preservatives and free radicals inside junk foods tires you out, dulls your face, causes acne and more.

It even causes premature aging and fine lines. It is important to decrease the amounts of junk food we eat. In my opinion, junk food is a very addictive type of drug no one really talks about. Decreasing your intake one day at a time is important because the more you eat, the more you want it.

Cake pops

To prevent premature aging, eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids and alpha-linolenic acids (ALA) such as flaxseeds, avocados, salmon, and olive oil. These foods will help your skin maintain its soft and young look.

Be sure to load up on fruits and veggies, too. Fresh produce is abundant in zinc, selenium, vitamin C, and beta carotene, all of which are key players in the body’s production of collagen (which keeps skin firm), as well as protecting against free radicals. Two good options are red bell peppers and carrots. Lastly, make sure you’re getting enough protein—recent studies show that an insufficient amount of protein can cause tears, wrinkles, and cracks in your skin.

5. Not wearing sunglasses

The skin around your eyes is very thin so, direct exposure of the sun can cause fine lines and wrinkles. It is important to wear sunscreen, but at times it may not be enough.

To protect the skin around your eyes wearing sunglasses can be crucial. Another reason to wear sunglasses is to stop squinting your eyes. Squinting your eyes too much will end up causing premature aging and wrinkles around your eyes.

What you can do is carry sunglasses with you at all times and wear them when you are out in the sun.

6. Not getting enough sleep

Not getting enough sleep can bring in tons of other problems but for the sake of our topic, sleepless nights can cause premature aging, fine lines, uneven skin tone, and dull skin. According to studies after you hit your 30s if you are not getting more than 5 hours of sleep per night, your skin will start to sag and start aging faster.

What you can do is get more than 7 hours a sleep a night, you can keep a sleep schedule to keep your sleep consistent. Meditating before sleep, rubbing lavender oil, avoiding bright lights 1-2 hours before bed is some of the ways you can control your sleep and sleep early. You can find other ways to fall asleep.  

7. Not exercising  

Working out regularly helps us become more relaxed, lose weight, become healthier, and rejuvenate our skin. So if we do not exercise enough, we risk our beauty and health all at the same time.

You can add exercise routines to your daily life to stay fit, healthy and young. Before you get those fine lines, start exercising regularly by running, going to pilates, doing yoga, swimming, etc. You can find an activity you like and stick to it for a better and healthier life.

8. Not using eye cream

According to Debra Jaliman, M.D., author of Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist. “The skin around your eyes is the thinnest and has very few oil glands”  a daily eye cream that includes peptides would work wonders on your anti-aging war against wrinkles and fine lines. Eye creams work to stimulate collagen production and prevent fine lines. Other ingredients to look for in an eye cream are caffeine, nicotinic acid (a form of the B vitamin niacin).

9. You like hot temperatures

May that be craking up the thermostat or taking hot showers, hot temperatures dry up your skin and cause it to age prematurely. If you must have a warm bedroom then invest in a humidifier to moisturize the air which in return allow your skin to keep its moisture. Alternatively, you can put a wet towel or a bowl of water over a radiator to add moisture to the room.

10. Being exposed to pollution

In our daily lives depending on where we live we can be exposed to tons of pollution. Pollution equals to free radicals that increase age spots, heightened blemishes, decrease collagen and elastin, acne and wrinkles.

If you live in a major city or a place with lots of pollution you may want to add antioxidants to your daily skincare routine. Grapeseed oil, vitamin C, retinol, vitamin E, green tea are all great to help add antioxidants back into your skin.

11. Alcohol and smoking

Alcohol is a natural diuretic, so the more you drink, the more dehydrated you become. Alcohol exhausts the natural moisture from your skin, exacerbates fine lines, acne, and wrinkles. By drinking less, your liver doesn’t have to work as hard to flush out toxins and impurities from your body, and when it works more efficiently, you’ll see the results in your skin.

You already know that smoking is linked to many different heart diseases and cancer. Regular smoking exacerbates skin conditions such as psoriasis, and it chronically deprives your skin cells of oxygen, which can lead to pale, uneven coloring. Smoking and secondhand smoke also trigger the breakdown of collagen and lead to loose, saggy skin.

12. Stress

Nothing takes its toll on your body faster than constant worrying, anxiety, or stress. Stress and anxiety can cause many different types of illnesses. Stress can cause cells to die or become damaged, which may speed up the aging process.

Additionally, stress can age your brain, increase your blood pressure, and disrupt your sleeping habits, all of which combined can make you look older, as well. Try taking up weekly yoga or meditation sessions to boost your mood and calm your mind.

13. Not moisturising

It is extremely important to keep your skin hydrated as the decrease in the moisture, is the main cause of wrinkles. Anti-aging creams are not enough to keep your skin fresh and young. It is important to find a good facial non-oily moisturizer and to apply it daily to prevent premature aging.

Now it is time to break all the aging habits you may have. If you have broken any of these bad habits aging you or have anything to share? Please comment down below.

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