Aging is a natural process that none of us want anything to do with. But, since it’s going to happen anyway, you can at least slow down the signs of aging. This article outlines five things you might be doing that are contributing to you looking older.
#1. You are sedentary
Being sedentary isn’t a good lifestyle choice to make. Of course, it’s easy to come home from work and sit in front of the TV or computer, but it’s not what’s best for you. Being sedentary at home is a bad idea if you work a job where you sit much of the day. You will notice weight gain if you haven’t already. While you may think coming home and relaxing for 5 hours before bed is okay, it may contribute to you feeling more sluggish. You can relax and also get in a good walk in the evenings. It’s all about making the right choices.
#2. You neglect your skin
Skincare is extremely important if your goal is to slow the signs of aging because it’s the first thing people notice. You want to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and eating healthy fruits and vegetables. Hydrating from the inside is important, but skin needs help stay moisturized from the outside as well. It’s important to create a skincare routine to keep yourself looking young. Exfoliation is important for sloughing off dead skin and revealing newer and brighter skin. If you don’t have a skincare routine, begin one today.
#3. You sit in the sun
This goes hand in hand with neglecting your skin, but it’s important to stress how much damage the sun can do. There is a difference between going for a walk on a sunny day and lying on the beach all day. We all need some sun to get the very important vitamin D. We don’t need to burn our skin trying to achieve the perfect golden skin. That golden skin will become leathery and wrinkled one day. Always wear sunscreen and often reapply if outdoors for extended periods of time. You will still get a light tan but also avoid harmful UV rays.
#4. You eat junk food
Junk food can wreak havoc on your body. It causes weight gain, can throw hormones out of whack and can make your skin look horrible. Of course, snacking now and then on your favorite treat isn’t a bad thing. However, eating junk food throughout the day, the day is a bad thing. The more junk food you eat, the less good stuff you’re probably eating because you’re filling up on fat and carbohydrates. These things will cause you to look older than you are and make you feel pretty crummy as well.
#5. You don’t sleep enough
You might not need the full eight hours a night recommended to feel good in the morning, but you must get enough sleep. Lack of sleep will make you tired, leave you with bags under your eyes, and even lead to weight gain. It’s important to get your rest if you want to look young longer.
You can slow down the signs of aging if you commit to making better choices in your day-to-day life.