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


Things You’re Doing Daily That Cause Premature Aging

The upside? You can change them today.


Smoking and Drugs

Things You’re Doing Daily That Cause Premature AgingThe nicotine and other chemicals in cigarettes go into your skin’s blood vessels and restrict the oxygen flow, destroying your skin’s elastin and collagen. This results in the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and pucker lines around the mouth, and in your skin overall. Also, smoke, in general, is filled with volatile free radicals and cancer-causing compounds that can prematurely age the skin. These compounds interfere with collagen production, causing your skin to lose firmness more quickly. The result is skin that looks more battered and degraded than it should.

You probably already knew this, but I figured a reminder can’t hurt.

If you can’t stop smoking, you’ll have to embrace the dull and sallow skin. If you partake regularly, multiply your age by two and that’s how you’ll actually look… and soon.


Seriously? Whatever happened to the “coffee-is-rich-in-antioxidants-that-protect-your-cells-from-damage” claim? Well, coffee does contain antioxidants, but it also has caffeine, which is still its most potent ingredient. And the antioxidant levels in coffee are nothing compared to those that you get from a piece of fruit.

Things You’re Doing Daily That Cause Premature Aging

Ever wonder why you don’t feel thirsty after drinking coffee? It’s because caffeine act like diuretics that make you less thirsty for water, while at the same time pulling water from your body and making you have to pee more often. If you’re a heavy coffee drinker and you don’t drink at least eight glasses of water a day, chances are your skin looks dry and dull. (*more about coffee and its effects.) If you can’t resist the urge to drink your favorite latte, try drinking more H2O or organic herbal tea to compensate and stay hydrated, or try on of these 5 ridiculously delicious alternatives to coffee.

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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: 63 Comments

  1. ariel myers

    we will all age eventually. why bother looking younger than your real age when you can just live your life as it is. you enjoy what you want or you do what you need for your life. it is your life!

  2. 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.

    • ysabelle raven

      have you tried seeking professional help? I suggest you should. smoking that many daily is not good.

  3. 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.

    • Isabella Jones

      Lack of sleep can also result in acne problems. And since you lack sleep, you will also experience low blood pressure and anemia. Please see your doctor sleep is important as water.

  4. 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!!!

    • Helena Lowson

      That’s a great decision, really! You won’t regret it, and if you’re not convinced yet, look at a video of a one month without alcohol! 😀

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

    • Emma Halmberg

      It really depends on who you are, what are your genetics! I know some people having really bad habits in their life and still looking very young and healthy. But I wonder if they really feel like that inside… and I bet it’ll catch up with them when they get older!

  8. Ana Brose

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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