7 Habits that accelerate aging of skin
Aging is a natural process that is unavoidable. However, whether you grow older than your actual age or still look younger than your age depends upon various habits. There are several habits that unknowingly affect your aging process and may result in premature aging of skin and body. Here is a list of habits that accelerate aging process
1. Smoking and drinking alcohol
Smoking damages collagen and elastin in the skin. As a result, the skin loses its suppleness and elasticity causing wrinkles to appear on skin before time. Initially, aging signs may not be visible but continuous long hours of smoking shows upon your skin after some years. Besides, tobacco smoke also adversely affects blood circulation, narrows the blood vessels under the skin and thereby accelerates the aging process.
Alcohol also affects your appearance in long term as it dehydrates your body and skin. Excess consumption of alcohol deprives the skin vital vitamins and nutrients. It may also cause stress and affect your sleep that may lead to premature aging and wrinkles.
2. Sleeping patterns
Believe it or not, some bad sleeping habits cause appearance of wrinkles and fine lines prematurely. Insufficient sleep or poor sleep quality shows upon the skin. The lack of proper sleep gives lesser time to skin to repair itself at night and thus speeds up aging. Besides, sleeping on your stomach or sideways also cause early signs of aging like appearance of lines on forehead and cheeks as compared to those who sleep on their back.
Too much anxiety and stress expedite aging process. The high stress levels badly affect the internal as well as external health of the body. Stress interferes in everyday life routine and result shows on the skin in the form of frown lines, tensed muscles, wrinkles on forehead and premature graying of hair.
Leading a sedentary lifestyle affects the blood circulation and thus puts you at greater risk for skin problems and hair loss. Regular exercise program will not only tone up your muscles and gets your blood flowing but it will also slowdown the process of skin aging. Exercising should be an important part of your anti-aging skin care program.
5. Eating habits
Bad food choices can make you look older than your age. Inclusion of transfats and saturated fats add empty calories to the system resulting in faster aging of body and skin. In addition, lack of nutritious foods like fruits, vegetables, dairy products, etc in the diet deprive the skin from essential nutrients and thus accelerate the aging of the skin and organs of the body. Yo-yo dieting also cause premature aging of skin as it takes away the natural collagen and elasticity of the skin and cause skin to sag or lose its shape.
6. Improper skin care routine
To look younger and attractive in old age require proper skin care routine from the beginning. Lack of cleanser-moisturizer routine at day and night makes the skin uneven and prone to problems.
7. Experimenting with too many products
Many women change their skin care products frequently or experiment with any new products that may have adverse effects on your skin. Some women use number of products or combination of multiple products at a time that may do more harm than good to your skin. Using of many products may contain ingredients that can interact negatively with other products or neutralize them entirely. Sometimes ingredients of these multiple products may give bad reactions and wreak havoc on your skin.
All these bad habits accelerate the aging process of skin as well as body. Therefore, take measures to keep your habits in place and look younger than your age.
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