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

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.

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. ā€œSleep wrinkles can form if you rest your head in the same position night after night for years,” says New York City dermatologist David E. Bank.

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

 

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Rebecca Ariane Givens is Urbanette's Beauty and Health Editor. She is an expert in all things related to beauty, holistic health, organic food, toxins and fitness. She is a part-time model and nutritionist who grew up in Canada and now lives in Brooklyn, with her boyfriend David.

Reader Discussion: 57 Comments

  1. Zex Randos

    I smoke like 30-40 cigarettes per day. I really have a “stressful 24/7 life”. I work 12 to 14 hours a day, 7 days a week with no days off. I mean, i noticed major changes on my skin, i also gained some belly fat which i never had before. I was fit and healthy 20yo guy back 2 years ago. And now i can’t look myself in the mirror. When i take pictures i just delete all of them. My hair has stared to fall out, acne started appearing on my back… But in the end, “but” is always the problem.

  2. Michelle Lee

    OMG! I always deprive my sleep. I can’t sleep early because I have insomnia, and it’s true, my face is oily.

  3. Linda Williams

    GOOSEBUMPS. I will quit smoking, and drink too much alcohol. I will live a healthier life from now on. I don’t want to look two times of my age!!!! No, this can’t be!!!

  4. Brett Lee

    I used to live like this. My mom introduced me to your magazine, and I start a healthier life. Thanks to this article, I’m starting to live a healthier life.

  5. Veola Sancho

    I thought my skin is safe during winter because I don’t feel too much hotness. I wear too many clothes during winter, and I guess I’m safe, but I totally forgot my face.

  6. Quin Meri

    I work 12 hours a day, and when I got home, I do some paper works. I drink coffee to fight the sleepyness that I feel, and I always deprive my sleep. Do I look like older than my real age? Lol

  7. Ana Brose

    Living a happier life, is healthy, but what if smoking, drinking alcoholic beverages, and drinking will make you happy? šŸ˜•

  8. Joss Butler

    I smoke because of my work. It’s part of my daily routine to smoke. My girlfriend wants me to quit smoking, but I just can’t.

  9. Jeni Morgan

    I’m scared. I’m a heavy drinker and chain smoker. I live my life to the fullest, and I forgot how important my health is. I drink and smoke to be happy, and release the stress that I feel at home, and at work. Maybe I should be more conscious about my health, and the way I live my life.

  10. Smoking did not just have an effect on your skin, but to your health too. Smoking cigarette says that it can decrease stress, that’s what I got from my friends who are smokers. For me, even though it lessen the stress that you’re feeling, it is still dangerous for your health.

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