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BEHAVIORS THAT ACCELERATE THE SIGNS OF AGING

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There are a number of different factors that have an effect on the way in which an individual ages, and while you may not be able to do anything about some of them, there are many others that you can have full control over. From smoking to sunbathing, these are some of the behaviours that are known to accelerate signs of aging, as well as ways in which you can put a stop to them.

 

Smoking

Just about everyone that smokes is already aware of just how bad this habit is for them, but many do not quite understand the exact effect that smoking will have on their skin. Smoking directly damages the collagen and elastin within your skin, both of which are responsible for keeping the skin firm and tight, meaning that, before long, you will soon be experiencing wrinkles, fine lines and loose skin. Smoking also damages skin tissue, while reducing its blood flow, meaning that it is not being delivered adequate supplies of oxygen and nutrients, quickly leading to an unhealthy complexion.

 

Sun Exposure

The sun causes up to 90% of facial wrinkles, making it no surprise that those who stay out of the sun for the majority of their lives are able to enjoy their youthful appearance for much longer than sun-worshippers. While sunscreen will provide your skin with a certain level of protection, you should also be taking the necessary steps to keep your skin physically sheltered from the sun, whether this may be covering it up with clothing or staying in the shade during the hottest hours of the day.

 

Weight Fluctuations

Whether it is weight gain or weight loss, frequent weight fluctuations will quickly have quite the negative effect on your skin. The reason for this is that each time your skin is stretched out while it is still young, it has enough elasticity to bounce back, but, with age, elasticity declines, meaning that frequent expanding and constricting will result in loose skin. The best way to manage this is to find out what your ideal weight is, and try to stick to this as much as possible.

 

Sugar-Filled Diets

While it is common knowledge that too much sugar is harmful for the body in general, it also has a direct impact on the way in which your skin ages. The more sugar that you eat, the more collagen and elastin is damaged, meaning that skin becomes wrinkles, dry and loose. Completely cutting sugar out from your diet would be the most beneficial way to deal with this, but, if this is too difficult, try limiting your sugar intake to no more than 10% of your total calories for each day.

 

Even if you heavily invest in the finest of anti-aging products, they will not have much of an effect if the above-mentioned behaviours are a part of your life. Whether this may be smoking or the over-consumption of sugar, these are the changes that you really need to make if you want to tackle aging.

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DO THIS, NOT THAT, FOR HEALTHY SKIN

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If a smooth and flawless complexion is one of your aims, then it is likely that you are already following quite a strict skin care regime in order to achieve this. However, in order to give your skin even more of a boost, check out these skin care do’s and don’ts.

DO Shop for Products that are Designed for Your Skin Type

There are so many different skin care products out there, and if you often end up impulse buying products based on certain ingredients they may have, or even marketing gimmicks, this needs to stop right away. The next time you purchase a skin care product, choose a formula that has been designed for your skin type, as this will ensure that your skin is receiving all that it needs. For example, dry skin types will benefit from added oils, whereas this will only exacerbate oily skin, which is why it is important to make sure that the products that you use are well-suited to your skin type.

DON’T Keep Touching Your Face Throughout the Day

Germs are just about everywhere, and even if you may not be able to see them, your hands are more than likely filled with them. Each time you touch your face, these germs end up being transferred from your hands to your face, which is why this is a habit that you need to break immediately.

DO Change Your Pillowcases Every 48 Hours

While you may not change your bedding quite so often, it is necessary to change your pillowcase, as well as your washcloths, every 48 hours, although every 24 hours would be even better. The amount of oil and bacteria that ends up gathering on a pillowcase is often drastically underestimated, and this is often a hidden cause of many skin issues.

DON’T Forget the Sunscreen

Now that the weather is warming up, you will likely be spending more time outdoors, which makes sunscreen even more important. Whether your skin is naturally dark or light, it is still vulnerable to damage from the sun, so be smart and always use sun protection.

DO Invest in Professional Facials

While you may take the utmost care of your skin at home, there is nothing quite like the benefits that can come from a professional facial. Not only will the active ingredients used here be so much more powerful, but the treatments will provide your skin with a deep and intense cleanse, something that is extremely difficult to properly achieve at home.

No matter how much time you may spend caring for your skin, it is still easy to make a few mistakes. Whether this may be forgetting to apply sunscreen or neglecting to understand the importance of a facial, these tips will help your skin flourish like never before.