Bad Habits & Things You're Doing Daily That Cause Premature Aging & Make You Look Old

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Things You’re Doing Daily That Cause Premature Aging

The upside? You can change them today.

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So here’s the deal. Many of the things that pretty much everybody does on an almost daily basis cause aging. As in wrinkles, age spots, and sagging that weren’t there before. That’s aging that doesn’t have to happen if you just change your lifestyle.

Don’t worry — all that change doesn’t have to happen at once — you can do it gradually, as most people do. Believe me, when you’re 50 and you look 35, you’ll be glad you read this.

Here are several things you can fix today, that will dramatically impact how quickly you age:

Animal Products

Dairy and meat contain proteins that are very acidic (high PH), and therefore highly inflammatory. Inflammation is your skin’s #1 enemy when it comes to aging. Dairy also contains components related to the hormone testosterone that may stimulate oil glands in the skin. Pair that with some serious inflammation so the bad oil can’t escape your pores, and you’ve successfully set the stage for acne.

Things You’re Doing Daily That Cause Premature Aging

Not to mention, when you eat dairy or meat, your body pulls important nutrients out of your bones in order to counteract the acidity and the inflammation it’s causing in your body, weakening your bones and dramatically increasing your risk for not only osteoporosis, but cancer.
Things You’re Doing Daily That Cause Premature Aging

Sleep Deprivation

You. Need. Sleep.

Just because you can sort-of function without sleep doesn’t mean that you should –or that it’s healthy. Your body uses sleep time to regenerate cells (that’s why it’s called beauty sleep), repair your organs, build your immune system and detox your body. Plus, it’s delightful to snuggle up at the end of the day and relax. Why would you deny yourself that? Need help getting quality sleep? Here are 10 hacks to help you get better sleep.

Plus, when you’re not getting enough sleep, it shows on your skin. Sleep deprivation robs the body of adequate time for cell turnover and regeneration. Not only will you look dried up after successive sleepless nights, but you’ll also have breakouts. The acne and oily skin are actually a result of stress that triggers the release of the hormone, cortisol.

To make matters worse, when you don’t get enough sleep, your body craves carbs and fat. Not good!

But wait, before jumping off to bed to pay your sleep deficit, remember not to always lie on one side or directly on your face. Sleep wrinkles and skin thinning can form from pressing your head into your pillow night after night.

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A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she spends most of her time traveling around Europe, with pied-a-terre's in Zurich, London, Milan and Lyon, France. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 83 Comments

  1. Rosie Jenkins

    The debate about coffee is very confusing. I’ve lived through the information that it’s good for you because of the antioxidants. But now, more studies are emerging about how it really is bad for your health and that you should switch to tea instead. Either way, I’ve been a coffee lover for years and I just reduced the amount of coffee I drink so that it’s still on healthy levels. Anything that you consume too much of is bad for your health. So, I guess the best way to get in the middle of this is by drinking just one cup a day?

  2. Gayle Cannon

    Tanning makes you look old. All my friends who love going to tanning salons look older than their age.

  3. Florence

    I’m trying to be vegan, so far I’m just a vegetarian because I still can’t get rid of certain food groups in my diet. Trying my best though.

  4. Alicia Parker

    Nope, looking older than my actual age isn’t good at all. I would rather age gracefully than look like I’m aging crazily.😳

  5. Lula Burton

    I don’t wanna look old… I already have features that make me look older and looking older than this is disastrous. I would literally cry.

  6. Anne Rios

    Whenever I’m tired, I eat more. I swear lacking in sleep destroys my body more than I think it does. It’s probably the worst habit that you can develop in your lifetime aside from smoking and doing drugs. I’ve seen old acquaintances who got in the wrong path and even if they’re in the same age as me, they look way older– almost 10 years older! That’s very alarming. People who are under the influence or people who are smokers have the worst skin and overall health.

    • Gloria Castillo

      True, you can’t make up for lack of sleep!

  7. Freda Miles

    Dairy makes my pores bigger. The moment I stopped consuming dairy, my skin looked better. Plant-based food is so much better.

  8. Kathryn Matthews

    I used to sleep only for a few hours but it has taken a toll on my health even if I’m a healthy eater. If you’re going to choose between sleep and eating healthy, choose sleep. Although, it would be better to choose both. Anyway, studies show that lost of sleep can’t be replaced. If you already lost sleep, you already suffer the consequences and you can no longer take that back. Not only that, you’re depriving yourself of functioning normal on a daily basis just because you decided to watch another episode in Netflix.

  9. Myra Jordan

    Your entire body ages when you don’t take care of it. It’s not just the face that ages… At least, that’s what I think happens! 🤔

  10. Opal Greene

    Looking young doesn’t always end in skin care. It also starts with the habits that you do every day and what you eat. After all, you are what you eat and do.

    • Helen Gray

      You have a point. Not just what we eat, but what we also “do”.

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