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Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Health and Fitness - 6 Habits That Makes You Look Older

With age, the skin becomes thinner and drier. This leads to fine lines and wrinkles, increased pigmentation, loss of elasticity and firmness, and dull skin.
At times, body starts showing aging signs sooner than you might expect. Several environment, lifestyle and dietary factors can cause premature aging. This makes you look and feel older, faster.
Below are the habits that make you look older on time if you enage on them-

1. Smoking-
The harmful chemicals in cigarette smoke chronically deprive your skin cells of oxygen, which can lead to pale, uneven coloring. It even triggers the breakdown of collagen and can cause loose, saggy skin.
In fact, the whole process of smoking can cause deep wrinkles around the mouth.
It is a known fact that smoking harms your health in many ways. But smoking can also accelerate the aging process of your skin.

2. Drinking Alcohol in Excess-
Alcohol is a natural diuretic, so when you drink in excess it causes dehydration. Dehydration depletes the natural moisture from your skin, which automatically makes you look older than your age.
High alcohol intake is even associated with skin cancer.

3. Holding Grudges (Unforgiveness)-
Forgiveness is something most of us believe in, but we don’t always practice it. Holding grudges against any person or situation is not good for your health as well as appearance.
If you are not able to forgive, you are adding more stress to your life, which boosts your level of the hormone cortisol. Cortisol leads to weight gain, high blood pressure and high blood sugar.
Do not allow an old grudge to sap your youthfulness. Practice forgiveness and experience better mental and physical well-being.

4. Excessive Sun Exposure-
Long-term exposure to harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun weakens your skin cells and blood vessels, which causes a tanned, leathery-looking skin. It even leads to pigmentation, reduced skin elasticity and a degradation of skin texture.
No matter how amazing the sun feels on your body, regular and prolonged exposure to sunrays is one of the worst things you can do for your skin.
Freckles can turn into brown sun spots, the skin takes on a dry, leathery appearance, and wrinkles and sagging increase.
Before going out in the sun, protect your skin by wear a hat, covering up with clothing and using sunscreen that is broad-spectrum, SPF 30 (or higher).
You should apply sunscreen throughout the year. If you like a tanned look, apply a self-tanner rather than soaking up the sunrays.
If you are worried about sun-damaged skin, consult a doctor to reduce existing damage.

5. Inadequate Sleep-
Sleep deprivation can cause skin damage in several ways. First of all, it can increase your cortisol level, which in turn can worsen inflammatory conditions. Secondly, it can cause poor collagen formation, which leads to skin aging.
Staying up late can be fun, but burning the midnight oil can make you look older as you age.
To enjoy beautiful and flawless skin, make sleep a priority and try to get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night.
But avoid sleeping too long on one side of your face, as it can cause wrinkles and sleep lines. Also, use a satin pillow case to avoid fine lines and wrinkles.

6. Feeding On Too Much Sweet -
A sugar-packed diet can take a toll on your waistline and weight. It can even accelerate the skin-aging process. It can make your skin dull and wrinkled.
This happens due to the process known as “glycation”, in which sugar attaches to and damages proteins like collagen and elastin. These proteins are needed to keep skin smooth and flexible.
drinking sugary sodas can lead to obesity, diabetes and heart attacks. According to a 2014 study published in the American Journal of Public Health, drinking sugary sodas may also speed up your body’s aging process.
Removing sugar from your diet is not easy if you have a sweet tooth. But you can definitely try to avoid processed sugar and opt for natural fruits to satisfy your cravings for sweets.
You can even opt for dark chocolate, which is good for your health due to its high antioxidant content.