On our endless pursuit of glowing skin and healthy vitality, we are always looking for ways we can improve our well-being. Most of these choices are obvious - eat healthy, exercise, use fabulous natural skincare, etc. - but we recently stumbled on some less obvious choices that might be having negative side effects on our gorgeous complexions and overall health. Of course, we couldn’t keep this info to ourselves. Here are 7 common (and preventable!) mistakes that may be prematurely aging you...
There's a good reason why night creams are formulated differently than day creams. At night, your entire body goes in repair mode -- and that includes your skin. This is when your skin is most receptive to skincare benefits. While your skin is busy repairing itself (creating new set of cells every 30 days), it needs to be fed with a high concentration of antioxidants and vitamins. During the day, your skin deals with environmental aggressors (heat, cold, pollution & toxins). Your day cream is formulated to protect your skin and slow down water loss, the main reason of day aging.
2. WATCHING T.V.
Wouldn't it be great if you could extend your life by simply pushing a button? You might want to start with the one on the top right corner of your TV remote. Researchers from the University of Queensland found that for every hour you watch TV, you may shorten your life by as much 22 minutes. Considering most American watch 34 hours of TV each week, we could lose as many as 27 days of life every year!
3. SLUMPY POSTURE
As we get older, the bad habits of slumping and slouching from our youth permanently get somewhat set in our carriage. You can do a lot to correct this, starting with simply being mindful of dropping your shoulders, holding your head high and engaging your abs. In Yoga language: “Imagine a thread pulling you up from your core through the top of your head.” Time to start that yoga class! Also, wearing the right shoes and being mindful of how you’re sitting or standing can instantly channel a little Audrey Hepburn grace.
4. CENTRAL HEATING
The central heating and air conditioning systems that many of us use at home and at work can severely dry out skin, leading to premature aging and wrinkles. To help keep skin youthful and soft, try turning down the heating and wearing more layers to stay warm. Make sure your skin is well protected against dehydration by using a good day moisturizer that is aloe vera based. Consider using a humidifier to help keep your skin more comfortable and reduce the aging skin effects of heated rooms. And don’t forget those 8 glasses of water daily.
Eating too much sugar is right up there with smoking and sun exposure when it comes to major wrinkle causes. Food overindulgence will trigger free-radicals that deplete your skin of its natural radiance, making your complexion look tired while accelerating the aging process. You are especially exposed to this trigger during the holidays, however with careful consumption – and using the appropriate ingredients on your skin – you can counteract any of these unwelcomed effects.
6. YOUR PILLOWCASE
You may think you’re indulging in a bit of beauty sleep when you fall asleep, but the opposite could in fact be true. If you regularly sleep with the same side of your face pressed against a cotton pillowcase, this may cause creases on the skin which can eventually turn into fine lines and wrinkles. To help stay youthful overnight, try sleeping on your back instead, or switch to a silk or satin pillowcase to create less compression wrinkles and help maintain skin’s moisture levels.
7. LOW-FAT DIETS
Many of us switch to low-fat diets when approaching summer to help shed excess pounds. However, cutting out good, healthy fats such as omega-3 fatty acids could negatively affect the speed and way in which you age. Omega-3 fatty acids -- present in oily fish, walnuts, chia and flax seeds -- are essential for keeping you looking and feeling young. Not only do they help keep skin supple and wrinkle-free, but they help boost brain health, keep your heart in good condition and can even increase your life span.