3 Bad Habits That Are Making You Age Faster
First the bad news. You’re not getting any younger.
Like the rest of us, you are getting older by the day, and at some point in your life, you will notice the telltale signs of aging, such as wrinkle lines on your skin and the occasional gray hair. Your bones might start to creak too! Sorry for the reminder.
Of course, as you age, you can take steps to make yourself look younger. You could opt for a facelift, and there are other ways to achieve younger-looking skin. So, it is possible to fight the ravages of time, at least for a while.
Another thing you can do, especially when you’re young, is to avoid those bad habits that will make you look older than you are. We are going to list some of them below, so have a look, as you will get less of a shock in the mirror if you can avoid them.
You already know that smoking is bad for you, of course, as warnings are even given on the packet. But did you know that cigarettes can also age you? Well, you do now, as tobacco contains chemical components that can damage your skin tissue. Smoking also reduces the oxygen levels in your blood, and it can decrease blood circulation, and that can cause your skin to look old and weathered. According to this health article, exposure to cigarette smoke can also cause your hair to turn gray! So, if you ever needed another incentive to give up this habit, let the way smoking can age you be another reason.
#2: Eating junk food
Put down that burger and go easy on those potato chips! A diet of junk food is never good for you, especially where aging is concerned. Not only will a diet overloaded with sugar, fats, oils, and starches cause your skin to age prematurely, but it can also hurry along the risk of a number of age-related diseases, such as stage-2 diabetes. Of course, eating junk food can be bad for your health in other ways, so it’s still advisable to change your diet if you’re guilty of eating too many of these foods.
#3: Wearing a lot of makeup
It’s a catch-22 situation, we know. Many of us wear a lot of makeup to make ourselves look younger, but what we put on our skin can actually speed up the aging process. A lot of makeup can clog up our skin pores and remove the natural oils in our skin, and this can result in dry, parched skin, and the onset of fine lines and wrinkles. To alleviate this issue, simply wear less makeup. Be sure to wash it off before you go to bed at night as well, and when buying, try to purchase those products that are gentler to your skin.
The next time somebody asks you how old you are, you want them to say “oh, you look a lot younger than that” and not “I assumed you were a lot older.” They will be saved a slap in the face, and you will be spared your dignity! With this in mind, consider the bad habits we have mentioned, and kick them into touch to ensure you don’t age prematurely.