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 lives in Monte Carlo, but spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always traveling, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 84 Comments

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. Jen Spillane

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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

  9. 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 😉

  10. 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.

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