Habits that Speed up Ageing

It is next to impossible for any person to look young forever. However, how you live today, will certainly determine the way you look tomorrow. Well, given the kind of hectic lifestyle that many of us have nowadays, signs of ageing begin to appear on our face quite early on, sometimes even as early as in the 20s. Here is a list of culprits that speed up the ageing process.
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Sun Exposure


Long-term exposure to sun causes the breakdown of elastin and collagen (proteins found in body) that keep the skin smooth and supple. This results in formation of wrinkles and dark spots on the face. Follow these simple things religiously to save your skin from further damage:
  • Apply adequate amount of sunscreen.
  • Wear sunglasses to protect the area around the eye, which is the most sensitive part of skin.
  • While outdoor, cover your face with a hat or a stole.

Nutrient Deficient Food


What you eat does show on your face. Fried, oily, junk foods can cause unforgiveable damage to your skin. On the other hand, a healthy diet combats premature ageing. Deficiency of vitamins and proteins in the food reduces the production of collagen and elastin which are essential for skin elasticity. Some things you can do:

  • Stay away from oily food. They are empty calories minus any nutrients.
  • Increase the intake of green veggies, fruits, lean meat, eggs and dairy products.

Skipping your sleep time


If you thought that the worst effect of lack of sleep can just be the dark circles under your eyes, then you are definitely wrong. After you hectic daily routine, your skin too requires adequate time to repair and replenish itself. There is a direct impact of sleep deprivation on skin as it tends to lose its elasticity. It is recommended to sleep for seven to eight hours a day. For this you can do a few things, like:
  • Reduce caffeine intake.
  • Exercise more.
  • Maintain a healthy diet.

Stress


Many of us have been told not to frown or our face will stay that way. Well, if you have dismissed that so far then you have already caused much damage to your skin. Stress does leave behind its ugly footprints on your beautiful skin. Here are a few tricks to break free from this:

  • Meditate to calm your mind and body.
  • Be aware of things that cause stress and find a way to remove them from your life.
  • Indulge in things that give you happiness.

Crash diets


If you think that a crash diet would help you win your fight against fat and weight, then you are certainly wrong. Crash diets can make you shed a few kilos but those will come back as soon as you get back to your regular lifestyle. These fluctuations in weight are not healthy for your skin as well. They cause your skin to lose its elasticity and lead to sagging. Best way to win a fight against your weight woes is simple- healthy eating habits combined with a fitness regime.


Lack of exercise


Becoming a couch potato would definitely do not do any good for your skin or body, apart from making you gain weight, pushing you towards an unhealthy lifestyle and make your skin regret your inactivity at a later stage. Exercise is an important age eraser that can help you to turn back time for your skin and body. It keeps your body energetic, it helps to burn off body fat, and it keeps your skin healthy and glowing.


Sweet tooth


Your sweet tooth cravings are causing your skin to age faster than you expected. Sugar is one of the culprits that result in the breakdown of collagen and elastin in your skin. So, next time before you indugle in the slice of cake or put your hand in the cookie jar, pay some respect to your skin's need as well. (Also Read on Foods that Cause Ageing)


Too much washing


It is a good habit to keep yourself clean, but excessive bathing activities can also lead to ageing. Cleansing is important but always do so gently. Vigourous cleansing can cause your skin's connective tissues to break, thus leading to sagging. Also, too much bathing can strip the essential oils away from your skin. Apart from this, using worng skincare products can cause dryness in skin, which can lead to early onset of wrinkles. Using soap on your face is another culprit that can cause skin ageing. 


Smoking


Ageing and smoking, both produce same results on skin. Exposure to smoking significantly increases the visibility of wrinkles and dryness on skin. Smoking tends to decrease blood circulation in the skin. It damages collagen and elastin. Nicotine also depletes the level of vitamin C in body, which is responsible for radiant skin. Apart from skin, tobacco stains your finger nails too.

Alcohol Consumption


Alcohol takes away moisture and results in a more wrinkled appearance. It may cause capillaries on your face to break or dilate, hence causing flushing around the t-zone because of increased blood flow on skin surface. It also lowers the resistance level of our immune system resulting in loss of minerals and vitamins required for a blemish-free skin.

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