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The Bad Habits That Are Ageing Your Skin - And How To Beat Them

The Bad Habits That Are Ageing Your Skin - And How To Beat Them

The sun is the worst offender when it come to the premature ageing of the skin. Avoid too much unprotected exposure to the sun, even during winter to avoid getting liver spots, wrinkles and a ruddy complexion.

Pollution alters the skin's elasticity, making it lose its suppleness. Cleanse properly, apply sunscreen with a pollution shield if possible, and avoid walking on heavily polluted main roads when you can.

Our hectic lifestyles cause us to become stressed, which in turn releases damaging hormones into our bosies (hello, cortisol, adrenaline and norepinephrine). Too much of these hormones supress the immune system, increase blood pressure and sugar, and lead to skin damage such as inflammation and acne. To stay calm and relieve stress, try taking a walk, doing some yoga or meditating. If you find you fall asleep while still feeling stressed, try relaxing breathing exercises or guided imagery. Focus your attention on an image or a story, so that your mind can let go of the worries that are keeping you up.

Too much sugar, salt, saturated fats and ready meals is detrimental to our health. They oxidize the body, damage collagen and promote the appearance of wrinkles at an alarming rate. Stock up your fridge with fresh produce, fruits, vegetables, fish and lean meats instead.

Lack of sleep, smoking, booze, a sedentary lifestyle: all - unsurprisingly - ageing. Aim to get seven hours sleep a night, give up the ciggies/booze and try to exercise twice a week.

Dehydration is one of the natural consequences of ageing, causing wrinkles, bags and a sallow complexion. Aim to drink 1.5 litres of non-alcoholic beverages a day and apply a moisturiser morning and night.

Not cleansing or moisturising daily, forgetting to put on a sunscreen are bad habits that leave our skin unprotected and prone to damage.

Central heating dries the air in rooms and with it our skin, resulting in dehydration lines and wrinkles. Use a humidifier and turn the thermostat down to avoid the damage.

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