I’ll introduce all those bad habits and leave up to you to decide whether to go on with them or to give them up to keep and look younger despite your age.
So which are the harmful factors that damage your skin and contribute to premature aging?
Do you really want to look younger? Quit smoking. Why? I’m not going to tell long legends about cigarette’s effects on your body health; I guess you know them very well. My concern is to reveal its bad effects on your skin.
Smoking causes premature wrinkles. How? It narrows the tiny blood vessels, which are closest to the skin, and prevents the right amount of blood flow. Besides, your skin doesn’t get the the necessary oxygen and nutrients, that are absolutely essential for it. Other than that, smoking alters collagen and elastin, and as a result your skin loses its strength and elasticity. Do you still have a cigarette in your bag or pocket?
Not many people consider sunbath a bad thing. While it is. Avoid too much sun exposure if you want to look younger. Those violent UV rays that create so sexy chocolate body are very much responsible for premature aging. They go deep into your skin damaging collagen and dehydrating your skin; this brings many skin problems including wrinkles, freckles, dry and rough skin, age spots and even skin cancer. So always apply good sunscreens and avoid sunrays between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Bad eating habits
Once I heard “you are what you eat” and couldn’t understand what it means. Now I realize that whatever you eat finds its reflection on your skin. If you always eat unhealthy food containing too many fats, sugars and salt, you can kiss goodbye to your healthy skin. If you are for best skin care, choose a healthy diet high in antioxidants, minerals and vitamins.
Improper skin care
Before going for a certain best skin care plan, you should know your skin type and the care it requires. Very often you choose the best products, yet they don’t do any good to your skin, just because they were not meant for your skin type. So I advise you to consult a dermatologist and ask for advice. A good option for best skin care is to cleanse and moisturize your skin every day and to apply masks once a week.
Stress is one of those demons that make you vulnerable both physically and emotionally. It increases premature aging risks by causing too much oil production. Besides, sleeping disorders, depression and anxiety, which always walk hand in hand with stress, can make your skin a good target for many skin problems.
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