5 Bad Habits That Are Making You Age Faster

You’ve probably heard it before: Sun exposure ages you. But do you actually listen and stay away from these bad habits? Probably not. There’s a reason why you might have more crows feet than other women your age and why you can’t figure out where those fine lines on your forehead came from.

It’s time to kick your bad habits to the curb. With a new year approaching, there’s no better time than now to start fresh and make yourself look like your actual age in the process. Here are six of the most common bad habits that age you every day:

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1. Lack of Sleep

Staying up late was fun in college, but as you get older your body needs sleep. Not getting enough sleep is worse for your health than you might think. Research links it to high blood pressure, diabetes, weight gain, and even just looking fatigued and older. While you don’t exactly need to get a eight uninterrupted hours of sleep, for most people it is recommended to get a minimum of seven.

2. Smoking

We all know that smoking causes cancer, but not everyone knows it also ages you. Cigarettes and tobacco can make the area around you eyes, mouth and neck droop. Because smoking reduces oxygen to the skin and inhibits blood circulation, it causes worn and wrinkled skin. Also, the toxins and free radicals that are released into the body contain harmful compounds that impair your body’s production of collagen and even break down the skin proteins. This increases oxidative stress on cells and speeds up the aging process of your skin.

3. Drinking too Much Alcohol

A healthy liver is crucial for healthy skin because it expels toxins that can negatively affect your skin. Drinking too much alcohol and damages your liver, and as a result toxins can build up in your liver and cause skin issues like rosacea, sallowness, wrinkles and acne.

4. Eating too much sugar
Eating a diet high in sugar will not only damage your waistline, but it will cause skin problems like acne and wrinkles. When you eat sugar a process called glycation occurs, where the sugar in your bloodstream attaches to proteins, forming new molecules called advanced glycation end products, or AGEs for short. When this happens, the AGEs interfere with your elastin and collagen, which can decrease your skin’s firmness and elasticity.

5. Stress
Studies have revealed that chronic stress speeds up the shriveling of the tips of the bundles of genes inside your cells. This shortens the life span of your cells and causes them to deteriorate. As a result, your body generates higher levels of cortisol. Some of the itteversible effects include skin wrinkles.

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