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 Sun

It’s healthy to be out in the sun — in moderation. You get a mood boost and lots of vitamin D. However, too much sun exposure is majorly harmful for your skin.

Things You’re Doing Daily That Cause Premature AgingThe sun’s UV rays cause skin cancer and can also break down collagen and elastin in the skin, which results in wrinkle formation. To have fun in the sun and still look young, wear lots of sunscreen (the kind with zinc oxide, not the chemical stuff!)

Oh, it’s winter wonderland, you say? Apply even more sunscreen! Even during the winter when it snows the sun is strong – its rays reflect off the snow and ice, meaning you can still get burned easily.


Things You’re Doing Daily That Cause Premature AgingLastly, worrying too much also makes you look older than your age. Constant worrying and pessimism leads to stress, which then leads to the pumping of inflammation-causing toxins into the body, which finally leads to collagen breakdown.

To counter-act the flow of stress hormones, notice the good in every situation, meditate, and stop the negative self-talk. The process may take some time, especially if you are not a cheerful person by nature. 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.


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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.


  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? 😕

  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.

  11. Jossen Row

    HAHA! My wife keeps on telling me that I should stop playing video games late at night. We’re just at the same age, but some people tells me that I look older than my age.

  12. 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.

  13. 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!

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Luisa Rodriguez

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

  17. 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.

  18. 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?

  19. 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.

  20. 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?

  21. 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.

  22. 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!!

  23. 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

  24. 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.

  25. 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?

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. Dawn Katz

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

  29. 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

  30. 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.

  31. 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? 🙁

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. 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!

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

  43. 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.

  44. 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!

  45. 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!

  46. 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!

  47. Jen Spillane

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

  48. 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.

  49. 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.

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

  51. 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 😉

  52. 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.

  53. Angela Davis

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

  54. Sandra Brown

    COFFEE AND NO SLEEP – Oh my! 🙁

  55. 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.

  56. 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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