Habits are hard to break; that’s a given…which is why many of us continue to follow routines and to ingest things we know won’t do us any good at all even though deep down, we want to stop.
The daily stresses of life, the problems with sleep and the tiredness which many of us use as an excuse to not change are the very things which will disappear if we do make some alterations to our routines and to get a grip of those everyday things which age us!
Take a look at this list of 10 everyday things that age you and see how many you’re guilty of!
A quick glass of wine or one pint of beer doesn’t do any harm does it? Well yes, quite frankly it does. Alcohol is a natural diuretic; which means that it encourages water loss…which in turn means that it dehydrates. Dehydrated skin always looks stressed and older than it needs to and long term regular alcohol use means that your skin will suffer.
How on earth can we stop stressing when the very thought of it stresses us out? The trick is to reduce caffeine intake; this will automatically improve your sleep regime which will automatically make you less stressed in the day. Long term stress can reduce lifespan and can wreak havoc on your looks and your body’s ability to function well in general which makes it more susceptible to the signs of ageing.
Of course we all love the sun; it makes us feel good because it’s full of good vitamins and it’s associated with fun times. But the sun will ruin your skin if you don’t protect it. Just look at the skin of older people who’ve spent years working outdoors; more like leather than anything right? Keep your skin safe and pretty by using sun protection every single day…yes, even in the winter!
Even if you’re only a “social smoker” it’s just not worth it when you consider how much of a threat to not only your looks but your health in the long run. Smoking deprives your skin of oxygen and this results in pale, uneven skin tone. Smokers age far sooner than non smokers too…so maybe it’s time to quit?
Yes we know that you know that your daily bar of choc or your evening packet of crisps is bad for your waistline but did you also know that those high fat and high sugar foods are bad for your skin? Processed foods actually cause inflammation within the body which speeds up the formation of wrinkles. Change those crisps for roasted veg and the chocolate? Try a banana instead if you’re in need of something sweet. A diet full of fruit and veg will protect your skin and keep it younger looking for many years to come.
6: Lack Of Sleep:
Sleep isn’t called the Great Healer for nothing you know. When we sleep our bodies go into overdrive; they repair and check and repair again. This is when new cell growth happens and when bacteria which shouldn’t be there is beaten out by antibodies. Protect your body and protect your sleep…practice good sleep hygiene which means don’t eat for a few hours before bedtime, don’t have televisions or computers in the bedroom and make sure your mattress is in good condition too!
7: Caring For Your Eyes:
Eyes aren’t only the windows to our souls, they’re also a pretty good indicator of a person’s age! They reveal stress, worry and sadness and the skin around them is the most delicate on your face. Protect and care for this area with the best creams available. Look out for eye creams which contain Peptides; this will stimulate collagen production as well as reduce puffiness.
8: Bad Make Up:
We don’t mean badly applied…we mean cheap, nasty and grubby. Buy the best you can afford, wash your brushes regularly and change your mascara as often as possible. Keeping bacteria at bay is the best weapon you have in the fight against skin infections and spots.
9: Central Heating:
As winter closes in around us it’s tempting to turn up the heating and shut the windows but stop…before you do this think about your skin! Central heating is drying and if you’re sitting in a falsely warm, dry atmosphere for hours every day then your skin will become dry and flaky. Open the windows now and then and if you’re feeling the chill, then put on an extra layer!
10: Cleansing Badly:
Washing your face with soap may feel “clean” but it’s not doing you any favours. Don’t be tempted to rub your skin with a rough flannel too often either. Treat it like a fine silk garment…use the best products and be gentle and you will see an improvement within weeks.
Your face is out there all day, it’s exposed to everything from weather to traffic fumes and it needs some TLC on a daily basis. Treat your body well from the inside out and your face will thank you for it!