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Internal Bad Habits

Smoking

Leads to sagging skin, not just in face, but in upper arms and breasts. Smokers constantly use the muscles around their mouth which causes wrinkles known as “smokers lines.”

Not eating your fruits and vegetables

Antioxidants remain active for only a few hours at a time. It’s recommended to eat antioxidants every four hours or with every meal.

Alcohol consumption

Excessive alcohol consumption can trigger skin condition outbreaks. It can also cause premature wrinkles and exacerbate fine lines.

Not drinking enough water

Drinking at least 80 ounces of water a day is essential for overall health. Dehydration leads to skin issues: dryness, flakiness, premature aging skin.

Never skipping dessert

Leads to skin wrinkling and sagging faster. Skin won’t heal as quickly if it is damaged. Causes dark circles under the eyes, puffiness, and acne.

Eating junk food

Trans fats cause inflammation and premature aging.

Physical Bad Habits

Not sleeping enough

Fewer than 6 hours of sleep can lead to dark bags under the eyes, high blood pressure, diabetes, weight gain, sallow and aging skin, impaired immune system, decreased focus and compromised memory.

More than 1/3 of American adults don’t get the recommended amount of sleep each night.

Drinking with a straw

Drinking through a straw causes your lips to pucker up and purse, which can lead to premature wrinkles around the mouth.

Watch too much TV

Every hour of television watched, adults cut their life expectancy by 22 minutes.

When you sit for more than 30 minutes at a time, your body deposits sugar into your cells which makes it more likely to be overweight.

Slouching or bad posture

Slouching can cause hunched posture, which can lead to deformity.

Not caring about your eyes

Skin around eyes in thinner than the rest of the skin on your face, so eyes show age faster with wrinkles.

Only exercising when you want to lose weight

People who exercise often and consistently have longer cellular biomarkers, which normally shorten as we age.

Wearing too much makeup

Irritating chemicals in makeup can dry out skin, remove natural skin oils, and cause premature wrinkles and lines in the skin.

Sunbathing

Regular, daily application of sunscreen can fight wrinkles and keep skin smooth and resilent.

Blasting music on your headphones

Noise exposure affects millions of Americans.

Crash dieting

Can make you feel older by lowering your energy level, feeding depression and mood swings.

Mental Bad Habits

Stress

Chronic stress triggers the release of free radicals, the unstable molecules that damage cells and are responsible for aging.

Over time, stress can delay healing, harden your arteries, and shrink areas of your brain involved in learning, memory, and mood.

Not seeing your friends

Friendships can help protect you against obesity, depression, and heart disease.

Holding onto grudges

Leads to weight gain, higher blood pressure, elevated blood sugar, and a higher chance of getting diabetes.

Forgiveness leads to lower blood pressure, less anxiety, less stress and less depression.

Sources

http://www.everydayhealth.com/senior-health-pictures/bad-habits-that-make-you-age-faster.aspx#02

http://www.prevention.com/health/healthy-living/how-bad-are-your-health-vices.0

http://www.shape.com/lifestyle/beauty-style/10-everyday-things-age-you

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http://www.redbookmag.com/beauty/anti-aging/advice/g2278/what-ages-you/?slide=5

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/four-food-habits-that-age-you.html

http://www.theactivetimes.com/habits-are-making-you-age-prematurely

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