We all know that lifestyle plays a major factor in how we age – and how we look as we age. While the fountain of youth hasn’t been discovered there are some small changes you can make to your everyday routine. Incorporate some of these everyday habits and see the results.
Everyone knows smoking is bad for your health. It’s actually one of the worst things you can do. Aside from illnesses such as heart disease, cancer and emphysema it can affect the way you look. Toxins in cigarettes create sagging in the skin as the elasticity breaks down. Your skin may also become pale and more wrinkles are noticeable. Try putting the pack down.
2. Going to Bed Without Washing Your Face
This is bad habit is especially terrible if you wear makeup. Overnight your skin repairs itself and in order for it to breathe it’s important to wash off the dirt that you accumulate throughout the day. Forgoing this night-time routine can lead to premature wrinkling, breakouts, irritation and even eye infections. A gentle soap is all it takes to keep your skin looking vibrant and healthy.
3. Being Stressed
This is one of the largest triggers to premature ageing. Stress is associated with cellular aging so we need to alleviate this as best as we can so that we are as healthy as possible from our core. Constant anxiety and worry age us quickly. Sleep disruption and increased blood pressure are also negative side affects to stress. Identify those things that cause you stress and try to manage them. Practice light exercise, meditation and breathing exercises to help side effects.
4. Cut the Fat
That is saturated and trans fats. These fats increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. Make sure to include foods like avocado, olive oil, salmon and nuts as they contain good fats which our bodies need to lower the risk of heart attack. These good fats also keep our kin, hair and joints healthy. Find some new alternatives to butter and bacon or just make sure these types of foods are very limited in your diet.
5. Not Sleeping
Most adults don’t get the recommended amount of sleep. High blood pressure, weight gain, diabetes can all result due to sleep deprivation. Our skin doesn’t look as bright in the morning if we haven’t rested enough. Stop working or watching any type of computer/tv screen at least an hour before bedtime and aim for 7-9 hours of restful sleep each night.
If you can ditch these 5 things you may benefit by having less inflammation, clearer skin and fewer wrinkles and put a little bit of youth back into your appearance.