Habits That Are Causing Premature Aging (Other Than Smoking) from Habits That Are Causing Premature Aging (Other Than Smoking)

Habits That Are Causing Premature Aging (Other Than Smoking)

Premature aging is a hated process during which the skin suffers from an unnatural development, such as too much direct exposure to sun or leading an unhealthy lifestyle. This abnormal aging is almost always caused by poor habits.

You go to bed too late

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You need to realize how important sleep is. Many people have convinced themselves that they don’t need it, but the research says otherwise. In addition to contributing to weight gain, lack of sleep affects hormones, disease susceptibility, and skin elasticity. There are many foods you can eat and things you can do before bed to have your best night’s sleep.

You never change your routine

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Being stuck in a daily routine that leaves no space for reflection or any curiosity and creativity is among the biggest mistakes people make that are aging them. In fact, studies have shown that happy marriages keep people healthier, and dull routines kill marriages faster than fighting.

You don’t learn new things

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Recent research has found that brain age decreases by 0.95 years for each year of education (and by 0.58 years for every daily flight of stairs climbed). Basically, the longer you keep learning new things, the “younger” your brain will physically appear. So keep your mind occupied.

You don’t spend time outside

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Recent studies have shown that merely a walk in the park can calm the mind, while changing the way the brain works to improve mental health. According to science, people who spend time in parks cope better with stress, feel happier and have more self-esteem.

You don’t drink a lot of water

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Try to drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water per day. If you want to look younger, your skin has to be protected. “The single most important factor in protecting your skin is hydration,” Dr. Elizabeth Hale, board-certified dermatologist, says. Chronic dehydration will affect the skin's elasticity and cause premature signs of aging. Drink tea instead of coffee to slow down the wrinkles, according to a study.

You forget all about sunscreen when it’s not summer

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Dermatologists recommend to patient to wear sunscreen all the time. Everyone gets incidental exposures of sun that in some cases can cause sunburn and significant skin damage. Wearing sunscreen on a regular basis can help prevent this. Harmful UV rays penetrate clouds and get to your skin if it’s not protected.

You don’t breathe properly

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When stressed and anxious, people stop breathing, which further stresses the system and make people feel even more tired, irritable and cranky. Slow down and take deep breaths. They bring more oxygen to the brain and stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, which induces calmness. Alternate nostril breathing is a quick and calming way to restore balance, remove toxins, and rejuvenate the nervous system. A few minutes a day will do. You can see how in this video.

You’re rubbing your eyes

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The most sensitive skin is around the eyes. Logically, any pressure you apply will make it susceptible to wrinkles. Rubbing them is a major cause for sagginess. Avoid touching the skin. Use eye drops if they get dry.

You’re over-exfoliating

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Over exfoliation can often lead to breakage. The frequency that you should exfoliate often depends on your skin type. If you are just starting to, go at it slowly. Once or twice a week at the beginning and increase the frequency as tolerated.

You sleep with your makeup on

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Make up left on overnight can clog pores leading to blemishes and breakouts. Makeup is made to last longer and longer; some women have it on for 12 hours. Take is off and let your skin to breathe. Otherwise all the dirt you’ve been exposed to during the day stayed trapped inside the pores and changes the pH levels under the skin, which, in turn, can become very oily or dry.

You’re popping your pimples

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The skin is the dirtiest part of the body. If you pop your pimples, you now have an open wound on your face, and you deposit all of the oil and bacteria from your fingers onto your face. This eventually leads to scarring and you later have a texture problem for life.

You’re showering in hot water

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Taking a warm bath before bed may help you sleep better, but don’t stay under a hot shower for more than a few minutes. It’s tempting in the winter because the mornings are usually chilly, but the hot water hurts your skin by drying it out and damaging it. The problem is that it washes away skin’s protective and natural oils, leaving it dry, tight, and itchy.

You don’t exercise

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Movement is among the best and most powerful things that keep people young. Exercise is a great way to increase blood circulation. Better flow carries oxygen and healthy ingredients to the skin which it needs to stay healthy. If the body stays moving in a variety of ways, the mind stays fresh, the systems stay healthy and the brain functions best. Walking, running, yoga, CrossFit, Pilates are all great ideas.

You wash over face too often

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Over washing and drying dehydrate the skin causing the body to respond by increasing its oil productions. Scrubbing the skin can actually traumatize it, leading to inflammation and unwanted coloration. It’s OK to wash the face twice a day, but don’t use soap. Soaps, especially the alkaline ones, can really dry your skin by removing all of its natural oils. This makes the skin itchy, very irritating and prone to breakouts.

You’re a fan of suntan booths

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Indoor tanning is much stronger the natural sun exposure and overtime can be detrimental to your skin and health. Even before you’re 35, you increase your chance of developing skin cancer by 75 percent; each session increases it by additional 20 percent, Dr. Hale says. Also, people tend to expose parts of the body that don’t normally see a lot of sun.  

Your sleep position is wrong

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Try not to sleep on one side of your face or the other. The best way to sleep is on your back because the skin on your face is not under any pressure. People can’t really control what positions they assume while in REM sleep but you can control the quality of your pillowcase. Go for a satin one for less impact.

You’re eating the wrong foods

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Heavily processed fast foods and quick meals can lead to premature aging. In order for the hair, skin, nails and overall body and appearance to look and feel their best, you must fuel yourself with nutritionally dense food. Avoid foods with high glycemic index, processed foods and refined sugars.

You drink through a straw

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This may come as a shock but think about it: What do your lips do when you are drinking through a straw? You purse them. Do that many times and you’ll start to see lip lines and wrinkles after a while because of the repetitive muscle motion. These lines will become even more obvious as you age because the skin loosens.

Your home is too warm

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A huge temptation in the winter is cranking up the heat in the house. However, you will end up hurting yourself. The heater dries out the air indoors. That can lead to inflamed skin. An acceptable wintertime temperature indoors is 70 degrees for the living room and at least 64 degrees for other rooms, according to the West Midlands Public Health Observatory. Don’t go over 75 degrees though. Tip: Keep a glass of water in the room for some humidity.

You’re not stretching

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Whatever relaxes the muscles is a great habit. Consider a low-impact exercise and yoga as well. Breathe in and out through your nose for a relaxing effect on the nervous system. Stretching helps you deal with stress and it improves flexibility and reduces pain.

Habits That Are Causing Premature Aging (Other Than Smoking)