Do you religiously apply all sorts of anti-aging products but still feel that various aging signs are showing up everywhere on your face? It could be because of some of the things you do. Read on to see which among the age-accelerating things listed below you do on a regular basis so you may quit doing them ASAP!
Getting Too Much Sun
Allowing your skin to get touched by the sun is good for both mind and body. Do it excessively and you are only considerably increasing your risk of having skin cancer. Liberally applying sunscreen, preferably with an SPF of not less than 15, helps save your skin from sun damage that leads to fine lines, liver spots, and dry and leathery texture.
Having a Sedentary Lifestyle
Insufficient physical activity and exercise can accelerate aging because it causes your muscles and skin to sag. Additionally, leading a sedentary life hampers blood circulation, keeping your skin from obtaining all the nutrients and oxygen molecules it needs for repair and maintenance.
Drinking Lots of Alcohol
Experts say that drinking alcohol in moderation (2 servings for men and 1 serving for women) is actually good for you. Consume more than that on a regular basis and you are only endangering your health. Too much alcohol damages the blood vessels and promotes inflammation, both of which can make your skin age faster.
Depriving Yourself of Sleep
One of the places in your body where having insufficient sleep leaves its mark is on your face. Dark circles and massive bags under the eyes, sagging skin and a lifeless complexion all make you look tired and old. Having 7-8 hours of sleep per night is one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to stay young-looking.
Cigarette smoking is bad for the health and your skin. Experts say that cigarette smoke — firsthand and secondhand alike — increases dryness and wrinkling of the skin because it depletes the body of its vitamin C. A powerful antioxidant, vitamin C is necessary for skin repair and moisture.
Eating Lots of Sweets
It’s no secret that the consumption of foods laden with sugar is bad for your waistline. But did you know that pleasing your sweet tooth often is also terrible for the skin? Too much sugar in the diet causes accelerated aging because it damages collagen and elastin — structural proteins that keep the skin soft and firm.
Nothing can make the aging process go faster than constant exposure to pressure and anxiety. Too much stress can leave you with gray tresses and wrinkly skin. It also makes you sleep less, eat bad foods and pack on the pounds — things that can make you look old.
Exposure to Cold Air or Weather
Low temperatures and cold winds can rob your skin of its moisture, leaving it dry, scaly, tight and wrinkled. Sure you cannot do something about the weather or the cold air in the workplace. This is when the likes of installing a humidifier and applying top-notch moisturizer come very importantly.
Which of the things above you’re guilty of? How do you plan on ditching them to delay skin aging? Do share!