10 Bad Habits That Make You Look Older Than Your Actual Age!
You Eat Out Too Often
Eating processed foods can wreak havoc on your skin. They are either laden with salt or sugar and are usually high in unhealthy saturated and/or trans fats. These types of foods dehydrate your skin, cause puffiness under your eyes, and speed up the aging process altogether!
You Don’t Drink Enough Water
Water supports many bodily functions like digestion, regulating body temperature, transporting nutrients, circulation, and absorption. If you’re consistently dehydrated, your body starts to suffer and you will notice your skin looking dry, dull, and sallow. Not only that, if your skin is dry, it tends to emphasize your wrinkles! Eeek!
You Don’t Consume Enough Fat
There are bad fats (saturated and trans), and then there are good fats (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated). The good fats, are the ones you want to eat regularly. Healthy fats from foods like avocado and nuts are packed with antioxidants that fight free radical damage in your body.
You Don’t Use Sun Block
The sun can cause skin damage even when it’s cloudy outside. That’s because 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays can pass through clouds. So regardless of the weather, you need to be applying sun block. It’s also a good idea to cover up or find some shade between 10am and 3pm, when the sun’s UV rays are at their strongest.
You Don’t Wash Your Face Before Bed
Washing your face at bedtime is a must, especially if you wear makeup on-the-daily. During the day, your pores collect dirt, oil, and makeup. If you don’t wash your face, you risk having clogged pores, or even worse, breakouts!
It’s also a good idea to slather night cream on your face right afterwards. While you sleep, your skin repairs, restores, and renews itself, so taking extra care of it before bed ensures you obtain optimal results and wake up with the best complexion possible!
You Don’t Moisturize Your Skin Daily
Moisturizing is an important part of any skin regimen. Your skin is exposed to harsh environmental elements on a daily basis. Moisturizing your skin prevents it from becoming excessively dry, protects it, and helps it stay nourished.
You Don’t Wear Sunglasses
You might not think about it, but whenever it’s sunny out and you forget your shades, what do you do? You squint!!! Over time, repetitive squinting can cause permanent fine lines to form around your eyes. Sunglasses not only prevent you from squinting, they also protect your eyes from the sun’s UV rays, so you may as well wear them whenever it’s sunny and bright outside! You’re doing your skin and your eyes a favor!
You Sleep in the Wrong Position
Another habit you rarely think about is the position in which you lay in your bed at night. If you’re a belly or side sleeper, you’re likely pressing or squishing your face up on your pillow. By repeating this bad habit on a nightly basis you’ll develop permanent fine lines on your face, which will make you look older than you really are! So your best bet is to sleep on your back to avoid unnecessary wrinkles.
You Don’t Get Enough Sleep
Sleep plays a huge factor on how your skin looks. Sleep is the time when your body repairs, restores, and renews itself. If you’re sleep deprived, your skin is not able to repair, restore, or renew itself to its fullest potential. This leads to premature aging.
You Make Exaggerated Facial Expressions
You most likely don’t realize when you’re doing it, but if you’re an overly expressive person, you may be making E-X-A-G-G-E-R-A-T-E-D facial expressions while conversing. If you frown or raise your brows a lot, fine lines will start forming and make you appear older than you really are. Try recording yourself while talking and see if you notice any funny facial expressions that could be making your skin crinkle more than it should.