Nobody wants to make themselves look older (unless you’re a teenager desperate to get into your local club night), so it might be a surprise to you to learn that people make themselves look older every single day. This is due to certain lifestyle choices people make every day, yet they don’t realise they are bad for them. Here’s 7 things you’re probably doing that make you look years older:
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This is an obvious one: smoking is so bad for our bodies and skin, yet millions of people all over the world still do it. The nasty chemicals in smoking help to break down the skin’s collagen, amongst other things, making our faces appear more wrinkly and lined than they would normally. You get lots of little pucker lines around the mouth, as well as lines on the cheeks, forehead, and around the eyes.
2. Drinking in Excess
Many people drink way more than the recommended amount. People tend to have a couple of drinks after work here and there, as well as a binge on the weekend – the units all add up, and although you may not think you’ve had that much, it all helps to dehydrate your skin and body. You should drink a glass of water after each alcoholic beverage, and make sure you’re drinking enough water throughout the day. Try to stick to the daily recommended amounts too.
3. Dying Your Hair Blonde
As we get older, our skin changes. People don’t take this into account, and still dye their hair the same old colour they’re always dyed it. This means that certain shades of blonde can really age us! When you go to the hairdresser next time, keep an open mind and ask for a shade that would suit your skin tone.
4. Wearing Boring Colours
Boring colours, especially those worn closest to the face (e.g. scarves), can age us – not to mention make our wardrobe look drab and boring. Avoid dusty pinks, greens, blues, and lavenders. Pastels are fine!
5. Eating Too Much Junk Food
Junk food not only contributes to weight gain, but to ageing too. The more you eat, the more your skin looks sallow, wrinkled, and unhealthy. Stick to eating junk food one day a week and eat healthily the rest of the week in order to keep your skin looking youthful.
6. Spending Too Much Time in The Sun
Sun damage is a huge factor in premature ageing, so you need to make sure you protect from it’s harsh rays properly. Apply a suitable SPF all over, including your face, and reapply throughout the day whenever you’ll face the sun.
7. Avoiding All Fats
Many women avoid fat in their diet to lose weight, but healthy fats contribute to collagen production, so avoiding them altogether isn’t wise. Make sure you include nuts, fish, avocado, and healthy olive oils in your diet in order to reap the benefits. Marine-d3 has a similar effect!
Avoid these 7 ageing sins if you want to look younger for longer!