Skin Matters

5 Things That Make You Age Faster Than You Think

Signs of premature aging which can appear on the skin include sun spots, fine lines and wrinkles, and sagging skin.

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  1. Pollution and sun exposure

Exposure to dirt, pollution, and the sun are the main external factors for skin aging and damage. People who live in the city are prone to this.

When combined, the harsh effects of pollution and the sun's UV rays can accelerate the natural process of aging. Constant exposure can also cause oily skin, acne, and uneven pigmentation, in addition to sun spots.

To help prevent these, it is important to apply sunscreen and moisturizer on the face and exposed skin before going out. At night, it is best to apply lotion or cream for rejuvenation.

  1. Smoking and drinking

Excessive smoking and drinking can remarkably advance aging, reducing skin elasticity, and making skin dull. This is due to the chemicals and nicotine in cigarettes and alcoholic beverages, which can affect skin tissues and contribute to dehydration.

Heavy smokers and drinkers can develop wrinkles early, and long-term organ damage can make skin sallow and dull. Smoking and drinking can also contribute to the body's inefficient absorption of nutrients.

The skin needs to be hydrated to maintain its natural glow and youthfulness. A good amount of collagen and oxygen can help skin remain elastic.

Letting go of these bad habits can make a big difference to the skin.

  1. Unhealthy diet

An unbalanced diet is essentially bad for the skin. Lack of proper nutrition due to processed or junk food can cause the skin to dry, and loose its natural elasticity.

To neutralize toxins that damage the skin and speed up aging, it is important to eat antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are the main source of antioxidants, fiber, and vitamin C, which are vital for the production of collagen in the body.

Also, it is best to spend time exercising and indulging in physical activities to maintain a youthful look, and glowing skin.

  1. Stress and sleep deprivation

Lack of sleep, and exhaustion forces the body to secrete loads of stress hormones that may accelerate the aging process.

At least eight hours of sleep is best for the skin, as it is the only time for various body tissues to repair damage and undergo renewal. 5. Lack of skin care

As people grow older, skin tends to be more sensitive and fragile. With a lot of external factors to consider, like sun exposure and pollution, people who underestimate skin care may regret it later.

If skin is poorly cared for, it will age faster. To stop this from happening, it is best to develop a good skin care routine.

The essentials should cover sun protection, cleansing, and moisturizing. It will depend on each person's preference, but basic products can include a sunblock for the face and body, facial cleanser and soap or body wash, and facial moisturizer and body lotion.

When the right skin care products are used, the best results can be achieved.

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