10 Common reasons why people age prematurely
Ageing is something that none of us can avoid forever, but it is rather odd how some people do seem to age a lot faster than others. Some of it’s down to genetics, and there’s not a lot anyone can do about that, but a lot of what makes some people age faster than others is down to their lifestyle choices and things that are completely avoidable. If you don’t want to be one of those people who look ten years older than they really are, read these ten reasons why some people age prematurely.
People who live with high levels of stress in their lives are one group of people who tend to look a lot older than they are really are. If you feel like you are carrying around the weight of the world on your shoulders, you are going to look like it too! Stress will show in your face, with the onset of worry lines, and it will show in the way you walk and the way that you hold yourself.
As well as all the other health issues you should be worrying about if you smoke, smoking will also make you age much faster. Smoking will cause lines and wrinkles to form in the skin and it will discolour your teeth and maybe even rot them. Smoking deprives your body of oxygen and that will affect your skin, your muscles and every organ in your body. The persistent cough that many smokers have won’t make you look any younger either.
3. Poor diet
If you are living off fast food and not eating enough fruit and vegetables, you will l age faster. Fruit and vegetables contain antioxidants, which fight oxidative stress. Oxidative stress breaks down the collagen and elastin in the skin and that will cause sagging and wrinkles. Fruit and vegetables also contain many of the vitamins and minerals that your body needs to renew itself.
4. Too much exposure to the sun
Exposure to the sun is a major factor in premature ageing. It’s estimated that 70% of skin ageing is caused by sunlight, so take a break in the shade sometimes and always wear sunscreen. Sunlight breaks down collagen in the skin and it will accelerate the ageing process.
5. Lack of sleep
When you sleep, your brain triggers the release of growth hormones in your body, which is what makes your tissues renew themselves. If you frequently don’t get enough sleep, your body won’t have enough time to complete this renewal process and that will show in your skin. Lack of sleep will also just make you look tired, which in itself will make you look older.
Drinking too much alcohol on a regular basis will age you too. Heavy drinking dehydrates you, and it will also cause the toxic breakdown of skin cells. The result of which is dull, lifeless looking skin and the early onset of lines and wrinkles. Drinking alcohol can also cause the appearance redness in the cheeks and the nose.
The skin around the eyes is very thin, and, if you don’t take care of your eyesight and you have to squint to see things, it can easily lead to lines around the eyes. If you need eyeglasses, wear them, because if you don’t, you will soon develop tell-tale lines. Regular use of an eye cream will help prevent lines forming around the eyes.
You will already know that too much sugar will make you put on weight, but did you know that it speeds up the ageing process as well? When you eat a lot of sugar, your blood sugar levels rise and that can cause a condition known as glycation, which damages collagen in the skin and it can lead to sagging and wrinkles.
9. Harsh soap
Washing your face with harsh soap can put years on you. Harsh soaps, which are usually alkaline, break down the acidic protective layer of oils in your skin. Eventually, that will dry out your skin and wrinkles will form. It’s much better for your skin if use a gentle, PH neutral, cleanser and don’t wash your face too often either, because that too can cause premature ageing.
Your mind plays an important role in ageing as well. You may not be able to hold back the ageing process by thought alone, but there is no doubt that, if you think young and you act young, you will look younger. A positive attitude is likely to mean that you will stay active, you will continue to look after yourself, and you will feel happy. All of that will add up to a much younger looking you.