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5 Unhealthy Habits That Can Age Your Skin

Growing older is something we all have to face. However, how our skin ages is a matter we have slight control over. Devising a good skincare routine, keeping out of the sun and eating a balanced diet are just a few things that promote a youthful complexion. If you want to prevent accelerated skin ageing and radiate luminosity, here are 5 habits to avoid.

Stress

Stress can take a major toll on your body, not just impacting your health but also your complexion. The more stress you’re under, the more likely you are to suffer from a disrupted sleeping pattern, poor appetite and increased blood pressure. Furthermore, stress can cause raised levels of inflammation, which in turn can accelerate the ageing process. To alleviate stress, try participating in yoga, meditation and exercise.

Not enough sleep

Ideally, you need around eight hours sleep each night for your body to function correctly. Getting too little sleep can weaken your immune system and result in sallow skin. However, ensure you don’t spend too long sleeping on one side of your face as this can promote wrinkles. Purchase smooth silk pillowcases or an alternative soft fabric to prevent this.

Neglecting your eyes

The skin around your eyes is extremely thin and is prone to dryness and fine lines as there are no oil glands here. To counteract this, use a nourishing eye cream that contains peptides. This will promote collagen production to prevent wrinkles.

Alcohol

Drinking too much alcohol increases dehydration to boost the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Consuming less alcohol means your liver doesn’t need to work as hard to flush out toxins, meaning your skin will look brighter and healthier.

Wearing heavy foundation

Heavy makeup settles into your lines, making you look older. Instead, use a light foundation and hide imperfections with a concealer. A little highlighter will create the illusion of brighter skin.

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