Let’s face it, it is going to happen to all of us – ageing is just another inevitability of life. But how we age depends on many different factors.
There are the obvious causes of premature ageing such as poor nutrition, stress and the sun!! But there are some seemingly harmless things that can also have an effect. Here is a list of the most surprising culprits, courtesy of the Huffington Post, that will also add on the years.
If you regularly sleep with the same side of your face pressed against a cotton pillow case this may cause creases on the skin which can eventually turn to 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.
Firstly, work is a big source of stress for many people, which research has found can increase risk of heart disease and speed up cell ageing.
Secondly, spending too many hours in the workplace can mean you have little time for essentials such as exercise, proper meals and sleep.
Drinking From Bottles And Through Straws
Sucking on straws and drinking out of sports bottles causes the same pursing action – and therefore the same fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth – as smoking.
Low Fat Diets
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 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 lifespan.
Your skin has an acid mantle which is a natural protective barrier of the skin. When you wash with soap – which is generally alkaline – it can remove this protective layer of oils and dry out the skin, eventually leading to wrinkles.
Too Little (Or Too Much) Exercise
The benefits of exercise are immeasurable for keeping you looking and feeling young.
Not only does a lack of exercise shorten your life and increase risk of obesity and heart disease, but exercise can also keep your brain young by protecting against Alzheimer’s, boosting your mood and leaving you feeling alert and energized.
Furthermore, increased blood flow to your skin can help keep your complexion clear, bright and youthful-looking. On the flipside, while we should all make an effort to stay active, too much exercise can cause stiffness in joints and increase risk of arthritis.
Sugar consumption is also up there with sun exposure and smoking when it comes to the major causes of wrinkles.
When blood sugar levels are high, a process called glycation occurs which damages the collagen in your skin. Once damaged, the normally springy collagen hardens, leading to wrinkles and sagging.
Many of us spend a fortune on anti-ageing skin products, yet we may regularly accelerate skin ageing without even being aware of it.
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 ageing and wrinkles.
Spending hours in front of the television can shorten your lifespan.
Researchers from the University of Queensland found that for every hour you watch TV you may shorten your life by as much 22 minutes. Furthermore, research has suggested that watching TV could increase your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
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