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Habits That Age You

Hey guys! What’s up? I have big news that I want to tell you all so bad but I have to wait for a while before I am allowed to spill. I am working towards this and here’s something from a friend, Daphne for today. I’ll write about Game of Thrones hopefully tomorrow.

HABITS THAT AGE YOU

We cannot cheat nature, which is a fact. After all, we are going to age at one point or the other but there are certain habits we have imbibed that make us look older than we are. They include:

 

  1. Rubbing the eyes

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The urge to rub your eyes is natural when you’re tired, or when they itch. Avoid rubbing them if you want to stay younger-looking.   Rubbing your eyes may provide temporary relief, but doing so can have harmful side effects. We use our hands for everything, so they accumulate dirt and germs. When we touch our eyes without washing our hands first, we risk transferring germs and bacteria. These germs can cause infections like pink eye, and other problems. Rubbing your eyes breaks down the collagen and elasticity around the area, which produces wrinkles and broken capillaries. If you are concerned about broken capillaries, look for ingredients that build collagen. Applying creams that contain vitamins K and D, as well as including them as part of a balanced diet, can also help.

  1. Having Sweet Tooth

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When you eat sugar, a process called glycation occurs, where the sugar in your bloodstream attaches to proteins, forming new molecules called advanced glycation end products, or AGEs for short. These AGEs damage nearby protein fibers that keep skin elastic. Significantly more AGEs occur in sun-exposed skin than in protected skin, according to the British Journal of Dermatology. Eating a diet high in sugar can also damage your waist line, increase risk of diabetes as well as cause skin problems such as acne and wrinkles. The promise of a slimmer waist line and the desire for smooth skin should curb your sweet tooth.

  1. Holding grudges

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When you have been hurt, the last thing that comes to mind is forgiveness. Why should you forgive a person who has embarrassed you, bruised your ego or made you feel entirely less valued? This leaves a person with anger, bitterness and a thirst for vengeance. Well, holding onto these feelings can be dangerous for your health. When a person is angry and bitter, it leads to an increase in the stress hormone Cortisol. An increase in cortisol has been shown to shorten telomeres, located on the tips of your DNA chromosomes and linked to biological aging. Cortisol also contributes to weight gain, raises blood pressure, elevates blood sugar and increases the risk of diabetes. However, a 2011 study from the journal Biological Psychology found that forgiveness reduced cortisol response. Several studies show a link between forgiveness and physical health. If you like the idea of living a longer, healthier life, learn to let bygones be bygones.

  1. Smoking

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Many people find smoking a form of relief but the dangers it has on your health says otherwise. Smokers have more oral health problems than non-smokers, like mouth sores, ulcers and gum disease. You are more likely to have cavities and lose your teeth at a younger age. You are also more likely to get cancers of the mouth and throat. Smoking can cause your skin to be dry and lose elasticity, leading to wrinkles and stretch marks. Smokers have bigger bellies and less muscle than non-smokers. They are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, even if they don’t smoke every day. It raises blood pressure as well as puts stress on the heart. Carbon monoxide from inhaled cigarette smoke also contributes to a lack of oxygen, making the heart work even harder. We could go on and on about the dangers of smoking, they are numerous. Well, what if for every cigarette lit, a black dot appears on your face. That is, for every cigarette you light, one of these dangers happens to you. You sure do not want that, so, live longer by avoiding smoking.

  1. Sleeping with your face smashed into the pillow

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According to the American Academy of Dermatology, resting your face on the pillow the same way every night for years can cause wrinkles. Often referred to as sleep lines or sleep wrinkles, this is caused by the skin being pressed against a pillowcase which breaks down collagen and elastic tissue over time. You can use satin pillow to avoid this friction or sleep on your back to stay younger.

Bypass these bad habits to avoid looking old beyond your years.

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4 thoughts on “Habits That Age You

  1. First of all, here’s a big “THANK YOU!” for posting my article. Number 5 is my fav. Its time to change sleeping position.

  2. I guess I’ll have to drop some habits then..rubbing my eyes especially, I have a PHD in doing dat.. The pillow aspect tho, me likes to sink in some pillow..

  3. I’m not guilty of but one, the sugar-sugar thing. Well, you got me thinking against my tutor’s advice to be taking snacks. Maybe I misunderstood her advice for chin-chin. It would be hard to stop that as it has become like a daily routine activity.

    Slow and steady technique I would apply but so worried birthdays comes up like every week in my office and celebrants always goes for Chi products and Minimies as gifts for staffs.

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