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

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Smoking and Drugs

Aside from drinking coffee and alcohol, there are other common habits that can cause rapid aging. Smoking and drug abuse actually top the list. Cigarettes contain nicotine that destroys your skin’s elastin and collagen. This results in the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and pucker lines around the mouth.

Things You’re Doing Daily That Cause Premature AgingThe nicotine and other chemicals in cigarettes, as well as other abused drugs (like marijuana and cocaine) also go into your skin’s blood vessels and restrict the oxygen flow. This essentially starves the skin of the oxygen it needs to replenish. If you can’t stop smoking or snorting, you’ll have to embrace the dull and sallow skin. If you are a drug addict, multiply your age by two and that’s how you’ll actually look… and soon.

Nicotine goes into your skin’s blood vessels and restricts the oxygen flow, destroying your skin’s elastin and collagen.

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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.

46 Comments

  1. Carol Joyner

    Coffee and a cigarette is a perfect combination to remove stress. Don’t underestimate them. They become a comfort, and still, stress is in this article.

  2. Sherry Manust

    Why did you put STARBUCKS and not COFFEE?? You named a company, and yet it is a general topic? Urgh!!! It won’t stop me from drinking coffee!

  3. Kelly Gonzales

    Oh yeah? Really? Then how’s your life if you give up the things that make you happy? You are stressed, and still, you will age. Make sense.

  4. Evelyn Harris

    You don’t have to stop drinking coffee. All you have to do is to eat a lot of fruits, to maintain the antioxidants in your body. Coffee gives us benefits too.

  5. Luisa Rodriguez

    You should have limitations. It’s not just about how your body ages, but your health is at risk too.

  6. Katherine Donnelly

    What?! Coffee???? No! Coffee is my happiness, my source of strength, and energy. You can go to cosmetic surgeons to have some anti-aging process. I won’t remove caffeine in my body, never.

  7. Britni Baynes

    Stress is uncontrollable. You can’t control force yourself not to think because you’re going to think of stressful things anyways. Smoking, coffee, and alcohol removes my stress, so how is that it’s still bad?

  8. Marina Josef

    Coffee, alcohol, cigars, and no sleep? Yeah! Hahaha so how’s my life? I don’t care how old do I look, as long as I’m happy with my life.

  9. Marina Bozek

    Thanks a lot! These are my habits, (except drugs of course), and I don’t know if I’m going to stop my old routine, or not. It’s hard to change, you know?

  10. Yuliya Bruce

    I can’t control myself. I’m an alcoholic, and I can’t live without any alcohol in my system. I want to stop, but I have no idea how to stop it. Rehabilitation is not in my option.

  11. Alena Martin

    I am doing all of them, except drugs. That means my face is older than my real age? Lol. I need anti-aging stuff!!! I don’t want to have those wrinkles… No!!

  12. Selli Coaze

    HAHAHA! I can’t help myself but laugh. I drink coffee every day, and I drink too much alcohol weekly. The only good thing about me is I never do drugs, but I smoke cigars. I have a sleeping problem because of my stress, and I wanted to have a tan skin. HAHAHAHAHA

  13. Hena Taylor

    I used to expose my skin to get tanned, but I read an article about tanning, and too much exposure can cause skin cancer. I always wanted the tan look for my skin, but I changed my mind.

  14. Bela Christo

    You drink coffee, you smoke, and you can’t sleep because of stress. See how your habit does to you? You age too much your real age. Isn’t that bad?

  15. Olive Williams

    I had this time where I can’t have enough sleep because of paper works. I drink too much coffee, and smoke packs of cigarettes. I see myself having wrinkles, and I look like older than my age. I started to get worried, and stop that old habit of mine.

  16. Wilma Moore

    I quit smoking, not because it ages me, but it’s not good for my health too. I used to smoke 2-3 cigars per day, and I realized that I was doing the wrong thing.

  17. Dawn Katz

    Smoking is my stress reliever, and it ages me? Oh… HAHAHA! I’m a little confused about it.

  18. Ani Hoker

    What’s new with drugs? Lol. I always deprive my sleep because of my work, and it causes me too much stress. That means I’m going to age more than my real age? Lol

  19. George Sumanta

    Yeah. Too much exposure to the sun can cause skin problems. There is a certain time where you can expose your skin to the sun.

  20. Lancy Stanford

    COFFEE??? COFFEE is number?!!! OMG!!! I should stop drinking too much coffee from now on 🙁 Coffee has been part of my system ever since, how can I lessen it? 🙁

  21. Luthi Sanders

    I HATE DRUGS!!!! It’s not just because it caused rapidly aging of the face, but it can destroy someone’s brain. I’m proud that I have no experience taking illegal drugs.

  22. Jesse Wyss

    It’s just fine to drink alcohol, and coffee, you just have to moderate it. Gets? Everything that is too much is bad for your health, so you have to limit yourself.

  23. Lana Wiliam

    The best thing to do is STOP doing these things. Change your routine, live a healthy life. If you don’t want to age that much, take care of yourself.

  24. Jurik Smith

    Smoking cigarette is never good. It contains different chemicals that are harmful to your body. Everyone knows that that’s why I don’t get the point of smokers.

  25. Juli Woods

    We all know that these are not good in our body, but we can’t help but doing these, right? You are aware, yet you chose to ignore it.

  26. Jessi Agusta

    Whoa. I do love STARBUCKS 🙁 I’ll just lessen my caffeine intake per day. I didn’t know it can affect my body and face. I don’t want to get old!

  27. Anila William

    Quit your bad habits, and start living a healthy life. Ditching your unhealthy habits will help you to get glowing skin. Proper diet and daily exercise are important.

  28. Paul Daiz

    I’m a hard drinker, and after drinking too much alcohol, I drink coffee to sober, I guess I should quit that routine.

  29. Maria Bruce

    WTH. I drink coffee, I smoke cigarettes, and I can’t sleep properly because of stress. Lol. I will age too much because of my bad habits.

  30. Jenifer Jeni

    I drink 2-3 cups of coffee a day. It’s part of my system already, and I can’t help craving for coffee. I already know the effects of drinking too much coffee.

  31. simply sam

    but i don’t do starbucks, smoke or have sleep issues.
    so just stop doing those things and you’ll get some sleep.

    cause and effect.

  32. Melani Kalev

    “If you embrace optimism in your life, you will be amazed at the limitless supply of joy and peace of mind that continuously rejuvenate your aging body and spirit.” YES YES YES! 🙂

    As for me, I’ve discovered that I need my 7 hours of sleep. If I don’t get them at night and I spend the whole day at home, I definitely need to nap during the day. I drink 2-3 cups of coffee a day. But as I drink it for the taste, not to get an energy boost (somehow it doesn’t work on me), I could quite easily leave it for a month and it wouldn’t be a problem.

  33. Hannah Meyers

    This is why I have reduced my sunbathing hours from four to only two hours this summer, with breaks in between those two!

  34. Dee

    I quit coffee and started juicing and in less than a month everyone I know is asking me why I look so young most say I look 15-20 years younger and some even said 25. I find it makes me not hungry during the day and I have whatever I want for dinner.

    • simply sam

      keep that up and you’ll be malnourished. eat regularly, frequent, small meals THROUGH OUT THE DAY!

  35. So I guess my habit of drinking coffee to make up for not sleeping enough is a double bad habit…Thanks for these tips, it's all great to know!

  36. Jen Spillane

    I can't believe that coffee is the #1 source of antioxidants for Americans. "5 a day," folks!

  37. I'm glad i'm not a big fan of any of these things on the list. I don't want to speed up the aging process at all. I never knew sleeping on your face to long would cause wrinkles bt it makes complete sense! In order to look and feel young you have to properlytake care of yourself and not abuse many things.

  38. Francis Woods

    I make sure to protect my skin with at least SPF 15 lotion every day. Aging from sunlight happen even indoors! Alcohol is also terrible for the skin, it really dries the skin.

  39. I believe coffee should be taken in moderation….

  40. Courtney Watson

    Water can really do wonders on our body system. It can make us healthy. It can help us look beautiful. We really have to drink it often 😉

  41. Sarah Evanston

    After I had my body age diagnosed (I’m 20 and my body age diagnosis is 28), I decided to eat healthy, sleep 7 to 8 hours (this is the hardest to achieve) and quit smoking. 

    I would admit, it’s not easy. I occasionally get tempted by those Krispy Kremes and margaritas. I do indulge once in a while but altogether, I am living very healthily now.

  42. Angela Davis

    And we thought coffee could make us look younger because of its “anti-oxidants” component. OH! The wonders of false advertising 🙁

  43. Sandra Brown

    COFFEE AND NO SLEEP – Oh my! 🙁

  44. Gabrielle Williams

    Well, I know for a fact that lack of sleep can cause a person to age faster… That’s why whenever I can, I get 6-8 hours of sleep.

  45. Joanne Samonte

    WOW..! This is a very useful read. I didn’t realize that coffee could make me look like my mom.. lol.. Too much is really bad..  tsk.. I’d better send this to my friends. Very useful article.. 😀

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