Are You Guilty of Aging Yourself?

If you look in the mirror and see someone older than you feel, it's time to examine some of your daily habits. You may not pay too much attention to the way you sleep, eat, or what you put on your face, but all of these things can lead to accelerated aging. See if you have some of these common aging habits and learn how to reverse the process.

Your Sweet Tooth Usually Wins

Not only are excess pounds hard on your body; the sweet desserts may also be aging your face. Your youthful glow is compromised when you eat sugary treats. It can give you dark circles under your eyes, puffiness, loss of skin tone, more wrinkles and fine lines, increased pore size, and the loss of radiance. Let’s not forget that sugar can cause inflammation in the body leading you to more aches and pains, swelling, and even diseases.

Eye Cream Is Not A Part Of Your Skincare Routine

Even if you prefer a no-fuss skincare regimen, a good eye cream is essential to keep aging wrinkles around your eyes under control. Because the skin around your eyes is thinner than the rest of your face, it shows wrinkles sooner. Get an eye cream that contains Regin A, a form of vitamin A, emollients and moisturizers, antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin C. These will help the formation of collagen and elastin that tightens the skin and reduces fine lines around your eyes.

You Don't Use Sunscreen Daily

If you only wear sunscreen at the beach, you are missing important times to protect your skin as you run errands, drive the car, and even walk to the mailbox. The top cause of premature aging on the human face is ultraviolet exposure. UV light is present even when it's cloudy or raining. Look for make up and moisturizers with SPF protection built in. Also, it is a good idea to eat more foods that will protect your skin naturally.

You Put On Too Much Makeup

Some skin products have fragrances, chemicals, and alcohol agents that can dry out the skin and remove natural oils which in turn can cause premature wrinkles. If you want to look younger longer, try the au natural look more often.

These are all hard habits to give up, but doing so can help you look and feel more youthful as you age. Don’t let silly bad habits cause you regret later in life.

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