There are a number of bad habits you can fall into which will make your skin look far older than your chronological years if you are not careful. These include:
1. Smoking tobacco
2. Not protecting your skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun
3. Eating a lot of processed foods
4. Eating too many carbohydrates
5. Drinking alcohol
6. Following an imbalanced diet
Let’s look at each of these in turn.
Smoking cigarettes causes wrinkles, crow’s feet, and fine lines around the mouth from sucking on the cigarette, and the heat as it burns. It can also give your skin an older yellowish tinge due to the tar in the cigarettes. Each cigarette you smoke exposes you to around 400 chemicals, many of them toxic.
2-Not protecting your skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun
It’s easy to become a sun worshipper when we are young and love the outdoors, and hate slathering on sunscreen or sunblock. However, years of not using a sunscreen with an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 30 can all add up to wrinkles, dark spots on our face and hands, and even skin cancer.
If you want to avoid the weather-beaten look, put sunscreen on every day, even in winter, on both hands and face, and wear long sleeved tops and pants, or long skirts, in suitable fabrics for the season.
If you are at the beach or playing sports, be sure to follow the instructions for re-applying the product, such as every 30 minutes to 2 hours, or after each swim.
3-Eating a lot of processed foods
Any food which comes from the supermarket shelf, refrigerator, or freezer section will contain artificial preservatives, and possibly even coloring, flavoring and sweeteners. All of these chemicals start to add up to a toxic mix that can cause your complexion to become dull and even trigger cellulite, ugly ‘orange peel’ skin on belly, buttocks and thighs. Even skinny people can develop cellulite if they have a poor diet and don’t exercise.
Start to cook more from scratch, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, and try to do some form of physical activity you enjoy each day, such as walking, cycling or swimming.
4-Eating too many carbohydrates
Too many carbohydrates from starchy and sugary foods can leave your skin dehydrated, pasty and doughy-looking. It can also roughen the complexion, leading to large pores and a craggy and saggy appearance. If you are going to eat grain-based products, aim for whole grains and steer clear of white flour and white sugar.
Alcohol is high in carbohydrates, so it can leave your skin pasty. It is also a depressant, making your expression dull and listless instead of full of vitality. Researchers are just now starting to uncover just how bad alcohol is for the body, connecting it with many serious chronic health conditions. If you’re looking older than your years, skip the happy hour and see what a difference it can make to your skin.
6-Following an imbalanced diet
We all know how important it is to eat a balanced diet. The USDA My Food Plate can help. But we are also talking about any form of extreme diet in which certain foods are restricted. Some people go for low carb, for instance, while others opt for low far. Yet both fat and carbs, in moderation, can help us stay energized and maintain a youthful appearance.
Make smarter fat choices, such as olive oil, as part of a Mediterranean diet, and see how much better you look and feel.