Are your habits causing premature aging? If you’re trying your best to prevent the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, you may be surprised to know that your habits are the no. 1 factor in causing premature aging. While we all know it’s impossible to look 25 forever, there are things we can change ASAP to delay the signs of aging and, when the time comes, age gracefully.
To help you do that, we’ve researched 6 beauty mistakes that may be aging you faster than you’d like.
6 Bad Habits That Cause Premature Aging
1. Stop Yo-Yo Dieting
Being thin is something many women around the world strive for, but yo-yo dieting can actually cause more harm than good. Yo-yo dieting causes you to gain and lose weight at rapid speeds which stretches your skin causing it to become loose and sag. Once your skin loses that elasticity, it’s hard to get it back.
Beauty Solution: To prevent sagging, maintain a well-balanced diet and exercise routine that will not only keep you feeling great on the inside, but looking great on the outside as well. It’s also important to stay hydrated. Hydration is key to keeping your skin’s youthful appearance. We also recommend eating food rich in Vitamin C, like kiwis, oranges and spinach. These will help boost your skin’s natural collagen production.
2. Stop Skimping On Sleep
Beauty sleep is a real thing. Sleeping is key to keeping your skin looking its best as your skin detoxes and renews itself at night. Not only does your skin’s circulation change, the pH balance does as well. This allows your nighttime products to better penetrate your skin. Lack of sleep will only result in dark circles, wrinkles, and dry and dull skin.
Beauty Solution: To prevent dark circles and wrinkles make sure you get 8-9 hours of sleep every night. It can be difficult to get to bed early, but remember that your skin depends on it! Sometimes taking a warm bath with lavender essential oil before bed will soothe and calm you. If you completely shut everything out and sleep 8 hours you will wake up refreshed and alert. Oh, and your skin will definitely thank you.
3. Stop Sipping Out Of A Straw
We’ve all started sipping out of straws to avoid staining our teeth and while this does keep stains at bay, it also causes premature wrinkles on our lips. It’s time to start drinking straight out of the cup and brushing your teeth more often.
Beauty Solution: Try not to drink out of a straw as often, save those lips for talking with your friends and kissing your significant other.
4. Stop Forgetting To Wear Sunglasses
Squinting, smiling, even frowning can be the case of your premature wrinkles. While we don’t recommend stopping smiling, we do recommend using sunglasses as often as possible and whenever necessary. Sun exposure breaks down collagen which, in turn, reduces your skin’s elasticity and bounce. Loss of elasticity could also result in aging spots which only adds unwanted numbers to your age.
Beauty Solution: Always wear your sunglasses, even in winter since it’s the UVA and UVB rays you’re protecting your face from, not just the sun’s rays perse.
5. Stop Sleeping On Your Side
We all have our favorite sleeping position, but if yours is on your side you’re in for a rude awakening. Sleeping on your side can actually cause your skin to lose moisture as sleeping with your face pressed on your pillow for extended periods of time causes your face to dry out. A dry face is known to show signs of aging sooner than a well-moisturized face.
Beauty Solution: Train yourself to sleep on your back and rotate as often as you can. You want to keep turning while you sleep as you don’t want to press on one part of your face longer than you have to. By doing this you are preventing the signs of premature aging.
6. Stop Using Makeup As Sunscreen
Most makeup is now formulated with some amount of SPF, preferably SPF 50 and above. While you might think this is enough, it’s not as you always want to apply sunscreen as your base and then enhance your protection with SPF makeup.
Beauty Solution: Always apply sunscreen with SPF 25 or higher before applying your foundation. This will add a barrier of sun protection to your everyday skin regimen.
These 6 beauty blunders are one of the most popular mistakes we make that cause premature aging. By implementing these changes you will keep your skin looking radiant longer.