Anti-aging Skin Care

Your 10 Daily Habits Making You Age!

 

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Do you feel like you’re aging rather rapidly? Faster than you thought? Are you looking older than your years? If this is the case, then it’s time to take a hard look at your daily habits.

This may be evaluating what you drink, eat, how you sleep and many other daily factors which contribute to rapid aging. But.. don’t worry!

 


This article will explain the 10 everyday mistakes that we are all making which are causing us to age fast. We will give you essential tips to turn back the clock!  So what’s making you age? Some things may be surprising!

  1. YOUR NEVER ENDING TO-DO LIST

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Does your to-do list just keep getting longer and longer? Or maybe it just never seems to end. At this rate, your to-do list would easily stress out the Dalai Lama. Stress is a major factor when it comes to aging because quite simply  you don’t take care of yourself. Stress affects how we eat, drink, sleep and skin care regimes, well, become non-existent.

When you’re stressed, the essential nutrients your skin needs (mainly antioxidants to fight off free radicals) are redirected to vital organs such as your brain, heart and lungs. If your skin doesn’t have the right nutrients your skin’s collagen will deplete and oxidative stress can occur. This is when free radicals damage skin cells.

Stress can also give you premature grey hairs, ever wonder why Obama went grey after a few years of presidency?

Tips: When it comes to looking after skin, you need to work from the inside out.

Write down a list of things which are stressing you and right down solutions. Writing it on paper really helps you visualize your issues instead of one big jumble inside your head.

Make sure you have some sort of skincare regime. All-in-one products are fantastic for someone who is busy. Taking pride in your appearance will make you feel great.

Meditation can really work for some people as the happy hormones counteract the stress hormones making you more balanced and calm.

 

  1. YOU’RE SKIMPING ON THE SUN CREAM

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Yes, it is the true.. the primary factor for ageing prematurely is sun exposure says Doctor Neil Sadik, a leading dermatologist. He also states that the sun can penetrate the skin even through glass and cloudy skies. We are always plastering on the sun cream when away on holiday but for some reason we forget it in our daily lives.

Photo-aging: As a response to strong ultraviolet light, the epidermis hyperproliferates (cells divide at a high rate) and, as a result, the epidermis gets thicker. When our skin gets thicker it loses elasticity and suppleness. It also gets dryer which makes wrinkles and lines appear deeper. Also, the sun causes brown pigmentations on the skin which gives the skin an uneven skin tone making you look much older than your years.

Tips: The most important and useful thing to do is to use a moisturiser with an SPF in it already! Also, try to stay out of the strong sun usually from 11-3pm. For a sun tan, use tinted moisturizers that give a natural healthy glow and tan, instead of getting a real tan which is essentially just burning your skin.

 

  1. YOU’RE SIPPING THROUGH STRAWS 

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This is quite surprising! But it makes sense. When you sip through a straw or drink from a bottle, you cause your lips to wrinkle. Right now, make the mouth movement you do when sipping from a straw, you feel or see some lines, right? Over time, the wrinkles become permanent. This is also seen around smokers’ mouths.

Tips: So when possible drink straight from the glass rather than make this wrinkle-causing movement with your mouth. Quit smoking for more beautiful, wrinkle-less skin.

 

  1. YOUR DISMAL DIET

 

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I spoke earlier about how essential it is to get your antioxidants in your diet. Most of us are just not eating enough fruit and vegetables because junk food is easy and fast. I’m guilty of it and I’m sure you are too.  I love to gorge on chips while working or watching a movie but they have been proven to damage DNA and collagen. Another big no-no is margarine. Fats are essential in our diets, for example, omega 3 found in oily fish are fantastic for plump skin. But margarine (a trans-fat) can dehydrate you. A study in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition found that an increased intake of margarine meant a higher risk of wrinkling.

The best foods for the skin are citrus fruits such as lemons and limes, dark leafy green  and red fruits and vegetables such as carrots, tomatoes and beets. These reddish orangey super foods stimulate collagen growth.

Tips: cut down on the margarine and opt for olive oil instead which is a good anti-aging food. Make a morning green juice filled with antioxidants for prettier skin. Snack on carrots and hummus rather than chips. Eat 5 anti-aging fruits and veggies a day to keep the wrinkles at bay.  And ditch the refined carbs. See our Top 10 Anti-Aging Foods post for more info.

 

  1. YOUR SWEET TOOTH

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It’s a sad truth. Sugar can really damage our skin making us appear older. The ageless, Halle Berry, 49, calls sugar poison and when it comes to skin, she’s right!

When blood sugar levels are high, a process called “glycation” occurs. This is where the sugar in your blood attaches to proteins creating new harmful molecules. The more sugar you consume, the more harmful molecules are created according to Fredric Brandt, a dermatologist in New York and Miami. These damaging molecules cause collagen to deteriorate.

We need collagen to keep our skin elastic and healthy making our skin on the outside look young and fresh. Damaged, dry and inelastic collagen causes the skin to wrinkle and sag. This sort of aging process usually starts around 35-years-old and accelerates after that according to the British Journal of Dermatology.

Tips: Try opting for less sugary and more natural options like fruit and low sugar options such as low sugar yoghurts and deserts. Make your own juices instead of buying them from the store (as they are jam-packed with sugar) and cut out fizzy drinks altogether. Teach these tricks to your children as sugar is highly addictive and will make them age prematurely too. I’m afraid with aging, you can’t have your cake AND eat it!

 

  1. YOU’RE NOT GETTING OFF YOUR BACKSIDE

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Our sedentary lifestyles are making us age. We should be doing LIGHT resistance training (rather than loads of cardio) for just 15-30 minutes a day to avoid or reverse wrinkling in problem areas such as the stomach and arms. Exercise also releases endorphins which will counteract stress- working wonders on our skin. People who exercise get the best sleep too.

Also, slouching over our desks is giving us poor posture which makes us look older and more tired.

Tips: Get up and do some exercise! Start with 15 minutes- with light weights, sits up and squats. If you are a little older start with 5 minutes. You will love the results. Make sure your desk chair isn’t making you slouch. Yoga and pilates are excellent for resistance training, posture and are very pleasurable.

 

  1. YOU’RE NOT HITTING THE HAY FOR LONG ENOUGH

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Most of us are not getting enough sleep. When it’s so important for the skin because when we sleep the body can restore and repair itself. If we’re sleep deprived, the body releases a hormone called cortisol. A lot of cortisol can break down collagen structures in the skin. Lack of sleep can also mean that the body releases less of the human grown hormone. For aging, it helps with keeping skin firm. Sleeping too little also causes dark circles which really age us and fine lines. So don’t underestimate hitting the sack.

Tips: Aim to get 7 hrs of sleep a night. Make your room as dark as possible, any light can make us alert. Nap for a maximum of 30 minutes a day.

 

  1. YOUR FACE-WRINKLING SLEEPING POSITION

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Odd but true. If you’re sleeping enough, great! But how are you sleeping? If you sleep on your side, you are pushing the side of your face onto the pillow which causes crease marks on your face. Over time, this could cause lines and wrinkles.

Tips: In order to get young and wrinkle-free skin try sleeping on your back to avoid getting crease marks. Also, perhaps invest in a silk pillow cover as these don’t cause creases.

 

  1. YOUR SKIN-OIL- STRIPPING SOAP

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You may be in love with your sweet smelling soap that makes your smell like a delicious strawberry BUT it could be aging you. Our skin has something called an “acid mantle” which is a natural protective layer over thr skin. This is made of natural oils that keep our skin hydrated and keep the skin’s natural pH. When we use soap all the time, we strip our skin of these natural oils.

Soaps are usually alkaline-based which not only remove the natural skin oils but dry out the skin as it disrupts the balance of PH. Dry skin causes wrinkles to be more accentuated and can make skin red and blotchy.

Tips: Try switching the soap you use for your face and neck for a toning cleanser. Toners help the skin return to its natural pH and a cleanser wipes off all the daily grime. Plus, a toning cleanser that is bursting with antioxidants is even better. Also, moisturize to keep your skin hydrated.

 

  1. YOUR DEEP LOVE FOR DEHYDRATING DRINKS

 

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Lastly, caffeine. I was quite addicted to my several daily cups of “go juice” to keeping me going at work and looking after children. Until I did some research which shocked me. Caffeinated drinks such as our lovely coffee and fizzy drinks are diuretics. So these drinks don’t allow your body to retain water which dehydrates you. This is also the case with alcohol.

When your skin is dry, deeper lines start to appear, skin becomes flaky and irritable and your body cannot flush out toxins. As we get older, we get even dryer skin as the body produces less natural oils.

Tips: Males should drink 2.5 litres of water a day and females should drink 2 litres. However, if you love your coffee, fizzy drinks or cocktail, you should drink glasses of water in between each drink to stay hydrated. But really, you should cut down on these drinks. I know it’s a hard habit to shake but try exercising for energy or an antioxidant-rich green tea for caffeine.

So there you have it! Now you know lots of daily habits you can now correct. If you use these tips, I guarantee more healthy, younger-looking skin!

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7 thoughts on “Your 10 Daily Habits Making You Age!

  1. Hey Paul!

    Thanks for sharing such a great article on aging! I didn’t knew that slipping through straws causes wrinkles too wow. I am also guilty on sleeping sideways at times, but it hard to change it as it has become a habit… Do you have any suggestions on how I can switch my sleeping stance? Thanks a lot 🙂

    Samuel

    1. Hello, I’m so glad you enjoyed the post!
      Sleeping on your back isn’t easy and only a lucky 14% of us sleep on our backs.
      Try positioning your pillows so you don’t roll to one side. Put your pillows under each arm and one under your head (of course) to stop you from turning over. Also, invest in a good malleable pillow which will hold your head in place.
      Keep trying and eventually the habit will stick.

      Best wishes,

      Rachel, Age Beautifully

  2. Great post!
    I’ve had skin issues my entire life — dry, eczema, itch — so I found your regime most enlightening.
    I had NO idea that sipping through a straw could cause wrinkles! I’ll be sure and pass that knowledge on to my wife and daughters! And send them a link to your site and post.
    Interesting about sugar. I read years ago that if sugar were introduced into our culture today, it would be classified as a drug! It affects your metabolism, changes your brain function, alters your vision, and now it’s bad for your skin!
    I’m a fisherman, and so will be sure and slather on sunscreen (in addition to wearing protective clothing and a wide hat) when I’m on the water.
    Thanks for all the helpful and fairly easy to use (I’m sure some folks will find it difficult to give up caffeine) tips!
    Keep up the beautiful work.

  3. Ok, wow did not know that drinking through a straw or out of a bottle would wrinkle my skin! A few other as well. I really did enjoy this post as I am always wanting to try things to keep a youthful appearance. I will definitely be checking out your beauty skin products 🙂

  4. Hi,
    I haven´t thought that there are so many reasons for aging.. I remember, that a friend of mine at a sunny day in summer sat under a big tree and read a book. At the end of the day his skin was red. Amazing, even in the shadow of the tree. Do you have some advice how to avoid this and to stay in the nature too?

    1. Hi Bernard, this is a common problem indeed and the proces that makes you age through the sun is called photo aging. We have an eBook that you can download for free that explaines in depth what you can do about it. In summary your friend should buy a day cream that has at least 15 SPF to prevent his/her aging skin. We also have a page that explains the dangers of the sun more in depth. You can find that page here: http://agebeautifullyskincare.com/skin-sun-damage.

  5. Hi guys,
    I’m really enjoying all the information in this article. And learn a great deal too. Many of the things you mention make perfect sense when you stop and think about them. I tend to sleep on my front with my face pushed against a pillow. I never gave any thought to how this could affect my facial wrinkles, so I’ll have to try and change this.
    I turn 53 next month and I am becoming more aware of what causes wrinkles. Unfortunately when at restaurants I always ask for a straw because I’m always nervous about the cleanliness of the glass. I know that when you draw on a cigarette or straw it creates the puckered wrinkles around your mouth, so when I use a strong I draw up the liquid slowly so as not to poker so much.
    I also heard of great exercise for strengthening some of your facial muscles. You can do it anywhere like when you’re driving, gardening or even on the potty. It’s a matter of saying each of the vowels, A, E, I, O and U about when doing so you say them slowly and grossly accentuate each one so that you are stretching different muscles including your lips, mouth, neck and cheeks.
    And you raise your top 10 anti aging mistakes article has been very helpful. I’ve taken a few notes and I’m sure I’ll be back soon to read some more. Thank you.

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