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Want To Look Younger? Stay Away From These Top 4 Skin-Agers

A lot of people complain about looking older than they really are. Although almost everybody who are over 30 wishes to look 10 years younger, many actually do nothing to reach this goal. If you are one of those who desperately want to stop or even reverse aging, you have to know the main causes of maturing skin and stay out of them as much as possible.

Here are the top 4 things responsible for premature skin aging:

Stress

Many articles have been written about the ill effects of stress but it seems that a lot of people do nothing about it. In fact, many embrace stress as if it is a one-way ticket to success and long life.

So how does stress affect your health and skin? According to scientists, people who are in a chronic state of stress are more prone to stroke and other heart-related diseases. Furthermore, stress can lead to an unhealthy lifestyle, which can make skin look duller, paler and a lot older.

It is actually quite easy to beat stress. Eliminate the cause of your stress and you will have a relatively stress-free life. However, life is not that simple. You cannot just turn your back on your stressors, which usually are your work, relationships and family. What you can do to ease stress is to find activities that can calm your nerves. Tai chi, yoga, Pilates, exercise, mini vacations, meditation and trips to the spa can help give you respite from your busy and demanding life.

Smoking

Countless studies have shown that smoking cigarettes can make you look over 10 years older than your natural age. Furthermore, the skin of smokers is usually, pale, wrinkled and gray. If you want to have a rosy glow on your face, quit smoking now. Besides, there are other serious health reasons why you need to stop this vice.

According to dermatologists, you can reverse skin aging due to smoking. A little bit of exercise, a healthy diet, supplementation of nutrients and antioxidants, and using anti-aging products for the skin of your face and around your eyes and mouth can dramatically improve the state of your skin.

Sun Exposure

A few minutes of early morning sun exposure is a good source of Vitamin D, which you need for proper absorption of calcium, among other things. However, too much sun exposure, especially from 11AM to 3PM, can really damage your skin. What's more, the effects of countless hours of sunbathing you did when you were younger will manifest once you reach the age of 40. Skin discoloration, sunspots, freckles, and wrinkles are just some of the signs of sun damage.

Since you cannot stay inside a dimly lit room the rest of the day, unless you are a vampire, you have to protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun. Use a sun block that protects your skin from both UVA and UVB everyday, even during gloomy days. You should also not forget to wear sunglasses because the area around your eyes is prone to sun damage. A moisturizer and an eye gel, such as Eyevive, are also necessary to combat the bad effects of sun exposure to your skin.

Sleep Deprivation

Aside from causing memory lapses, sleep deprivation can also make you look extremely old. You might have noticed that staying late could cause puffy and raccoon eyes, especially if you stayed up late to party with your friends and binge on alcohol. Everybody would agree that having eye bags, wrinkles and dark circles around the eyes could really make anyone look worn-down and old.

So what do you need to do? First, you have to minimize staying out late. Besides, chronic sleep deprivation can increase your risk for a lot of illnesses, such as diabetes, obesity and even leukemia. Next, you need to use a top quality eye gel to eliminate wrinkles, fine lines, puffiness and discoloration.

Submitted by:

Janet Martin

Janet Martin is an avid health and fitness enthusiast and published author. Many of her insightful articles can be found at the premiere online news magazine http://www.thearticleinsiders.com.




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