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8 Simple Steps To Look Younger | Main Causes Of Premature Aging

It's very common for men and women alike to to ask 'how to look younger.' But to answer this question, we must first know the main causes of premature aging. There are several things we can avoid, and many habits that can easily be changed in order to look younger. Remember, it all starts with you and your choices. Let's start.

Sun Exposure

A healthy tan is a good thing, but to much of any good thing can be bad.

What can I do? Wear sunscreen with sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15. Make sure you apply sunscreen every time you go outdoors, and remember that it typically wears off after a few hours.

Stress

Stress, Stress, Stress. I can't emphasize enough how bad this is for you. Forget about premature aging, stress affects every aspect of your life. It can cause you to make irrational and emotional decisions, it's bad for your organs, and it can give you a haggard and tired look.

What can I do? Relax and take a zen-like approach. Meditation is the best thing you can do for this. Start and end your day with 15 minutes of meditation. When you meditate, find a comfortable position, clear your mind, and don't move. Focus on your breathing and let your day to day worries float away.

Smoking

Everyone knows that smoking is bad for you. In the the 1950's - when televised smoking ads were legal - tobacco companies would use young and attractive people to sell their product. But, they never used someone after a lifetime of smoking.

What can I do? Stop smoking. These days, there are plenty of products out there to help aid you in quitting. Chewing gum and the electronic cigarette are two to get you started.

Facial expressions

A lifetime of furrowing your eyebrows and squinting your eyes can take its toll on your face. Repeated muscle contractions can start to cause wrinkles.

What can I do? We're not telling you to become a mannequin and never move your face. To avoid squinting, wear sunglasses when you go outdoors. Next, when you're mad or stressed, try and relax. If you take a more zen-like approach you'll furrow you face less.

Sleeping positions can cause wrinkles

The way your face is presses against your pillow at night can cause wrinkles.

What can I do? Sleep on your back. I know that it's uncomfortable for some people to do this, but it possible with persistence.

Yo-Yo dieting

A constant fluctuation in weight can cause stretching of the skin.

What can I do? If you're planning on losing weight, do it at a reasonable pace. Try and lose 1 pound a week over a long period of time. This will also help discipline yourself in order to take a consistent and long term approach to weight management.

Diet and nutrition

The skin needs vitamin B which forms new skin cells. Vitamin C and E (both antioxidants) can protect skin from sun damage, and reduce skin damage caused by free radicals. Also, Vitamin A helps to maintain and repair skin tissue.

What can I do? Eat a will balanced diet full of lots of fruits and vegetables.

Water

As we age, skin becomes thinner and drier. By drinking water, you keep your skin hydrated.

What you I do? Drink six to eight glasses of water per day.

Plastic Surgery Star  -  Jan. 23

I believe that the bigggest factor contributing to premature aging is the stress and unhealthy habits. Most people have to tolerate a lot of stress in their profession and in between that they don't find time for a healthy lifestyle.

ElizaWh  -  Oct. 14

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