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11 Everyday Things That Make You Age Faster*


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Sure, there are things that can make you look and feel younger. We often discuss them as a lot of us gals are constantly searching for innovative and cheap ways for anti-aging. Personally for me, focusing on the positive side like benefits is more of a motivation. But there are some people who need to get to know the consequences to wake them up. And for those people, here’s a list of 11 Everyday Things that Make You Age Faster.

Stress

Stress is absolutely number 1 of 11 everyday things that make you age faster. And I am sure other experts would agree.

You age more slowly when you smile a lot and you age more quickly when you frown a lot. That’s the basic beauty rule we learned from our childhood —smile when you want to look and feel younger. Quick explanation is because we use more muscles when frowning than smiling. It is no different with stress.

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The scientific explanation is that when you’re stressed, cortisol hormone is released by the body that causes a thickening in the mid-section!

Cortisol also causes excess oil production in the skin. And we all know what THAT excess oil can result to: breakouts, clogged pores, and many other skin conditions! Also, the mind and skin are deeply connected (sometimes more than we want them to be) that it is possible for your emotions to show on your skin.

In other words, the more you tie yourself up in knots over something, the more your skin will suffer as will your tummie. So for an anti-aging remedy, try not to stress.

If mind over matter doesn’t work, take a break.

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Give yourself room to breathe no matter how hectic your daily schedule is. You don’t have to act on impulse and run off to some exotic vacation but just spend time to relax for a few minutes.

Take your exotic vacation by watching a video you took while on vacation. And if you don't have such a video, you can watch one of mine! This video below was taken a Crystal Cove, near Laguna Beach, CA.

So, when I am far from home or need a little STRESS reduction, I fire up my laptop or click on the video on my smart phone, take a few minutes, and immerse myself in the relaxation of the water and the waves. I highly recommend it! Take a peek yourself right now. I think you will enjoy the mini-vaction break!

​When you make your daily schedule, don’t fill up your calendar without minutes to spare in between engagements. Make sure you designate some time in between to get a breather.

Not Enough Sleep

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Number 2 on the list of everyday things that make you age faster is not enough sleep.

Just because children need more sleep than we do, doesn’t mean we are entitled to stay up late whenever we want to. This is a big no-no! One of the causes for teen skin breakout is because they tend to stay up late. It really is just not the entirely because of puberty, mind you.

You can read it everywhere; sleep deprivation causes all kinds of skin problems like eye bags, dark circles, pimples, and skin pallor. These are not appealing traits of the skin thus making us look haggard and older. To look and feel younger, you need to get a decent amount of sleep. And according to the National Sleep Foundation, adults who are 26 years old and up should at least get 7 hours of sleep every day. And yes, sleeping at an appropriate time (that means night-time) helps heaps as well.

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Eating Sweets is number 3.

If you are one of those people who have a sweet tooth, then you may age faster than people who don’t! One of anti-aging tip is to stay away from sugar. Why? Because sugar just loves to bond with collagen and do away with it! If the amount of collagen in your body is not enough, this will cause your skin to go dry and brittle.

Sinking your teeth into that sweet stuff will not only wreak havoc on your waistline (or on your cheeks, on your arms, on your thighs…), but it will also be devastating to your health.

There’s a reason why parents warn their kids off sugar. First, it is bad for the teeth. Brushing your teeth, gargling, and flossing can only do so much if you eat sweets in excess. Looking younger can be difficult if you don’t have a good set of pearly whites. Also, sugar induced illnesses like diabetes can be your new best friend. Now that kind of friendship is genuinely FOR LIFE!

Smoking

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The government warning in the packet says it all. If it can harm your health, how much more will it hurt your skin? Health concern is stressed in the packaging because first and foremost, free radicals are released into your body when you smoke, increasing your risk at cancer.

When it comes to your skin, it accelerates aging by damaging the skin’s elasticity. You’ll notice that people who smoke have more lines in their face that people who don’t. Smoking causes connective tissues in your skin to break down leaving you sagging and wrinkled skin.

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If stress can cause falling hair, so can smoking. Damaged hair follicles means thin hair then therefore results to breakage. It is proven that smoking is one of the major causes of baldness especially in men. Not only that, your hair will look dull and limp. These are testaments that this bad habit makes you age faster!

Inconsistent Exercise is number 5 of 11 Everyday Things that Make You Age Faster.

I think it’s safe to presume that we’ve all been there –there’s a wedding to attend or a New Year’s resolution perhaps so you need to lose a few pounds to fit into that gorgeous get up. And there’s only 2 months to lose weight!

So you rise and shine at dawn, put on your running shoes, and run 3 kilometers –every day. At the end of each day, you do yoga for an hour and a half. Nice! You’ve just graduated to 3 sizes lower than what you normally wear.

And after the event, you just stop exercising altogether. And in 2 weeks’ time, you gain back all the weight you lost and then some. Yes, I believe this is understood by most women all over the world!

We only think to exercise look and feel younger for a certain instance and not for the good of our future self. We think short term instead of long term benefits.

Exercise is one of the best anti-aging solutions and it should be done regularly and consistently. The yo-yo effect will not help you at all but will definitely leave stretch marks on your skin. I don’t think there’s anyone who doesn’t know the benefits of exercising. Getting it into your daily routine will not only help you look and feel younger but it will also extend your lifespan.

Occasional Sun Protection

One environmental factor that makes you age faster is UV damage. I have stressed this out repeatedly in some of my blogs, daily sun protection is very important. I’m pretty sure there are a lot of guilty women out there who only use sunscreen when they take a vacation to sunny places. And trust me, I have had my fair share of those guilty moments!

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