Bad Habits & Things You're Doing Daily That Cause Premature Aging & Make You Look Old


Things You’re Doing Daily That Cause Premature Aging

The upside? You can change them today.


So here’s the deal. Many of the things that pretty much everybody does on an almost daily basis cause aging. As in wrinkles, age spots, and sagging that weren’t there before. That’s aging that doesn’t have to happen if you just change your lifestyle.

Don’t worry — all that change doesn’t have to happen at once — you can do it gradually, as most people do. Believe me, when you’re 50 and you look 35, you’ll be glad you read this.

Here are several things you can fix today, that will dramatically impact how quickly you age:

Animal Products

Dairy and meat contain proteins that are very acidic (high PH), and therefore highly inflammatory. Inflammation is your skin’s #1 enemy when it comes to aging. Dairy also contains components related to the hormone testosterone that may stimulate oil glands in the skin. Pair that with some serious inflammation so the bad oil can’t escape your pores, and you’ve successfully set the stage for acne.

Things You’re Doing Daily That Cause Premature Aging

Not to mention, when you eat dairy or meat, your body pulls important nutrients out of your bones in order to counteract the acidity and the inflammation it’s causing in your body, weakening your bones and dramatically increasing your risk for not only osteoporosis, but cancer.
Things You’re Doing Daily That Cause Premature Aging

Sleep Deprivation

You. Need. Sleep.

Just because you can sort-of function without sleep doesn’t mean that you should –or that it’s healthy. Your body uses sleep time to regenerate cells (that’s why it’s called beauty sleep), repair your organs, build your immune system and detox your body. Plus, it’s delightful to snuggle up at the end of the day and relax. Why would you deny yourself that? Need help getting quality sleep? Here are 10 hacks to help you get better sleep.

Plus, when you’re not getting enough sleep, it shows on your skin. Sleep deprivation robs the body of adequate time for cell turnover and regeneration. Not only will you look dried up after successive sleepless nights, but you’ll also have breakouts. The acne and oily skin are actually a result of stress that triggers the release of the hormone, cortisol.

To make matters worse, when you don’t get enough sleep, your body craves carbs and fat. Not good!

But wait, before jumping off to bed to pay your sleep deficit, remember not to always lie on one side or directly on your face. Sleep wrinkles and skin thinning can form from pressing your head into your pillow night after night.

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A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she spends most of her time traveling around Europe, with pied-a-terre's in Zurich, London, Milan and Lyon, France. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 63 Comments

  1. ariel myers

    we will all age eventually. why bother looking younger than your real age when you can just live your life as it is. you enjoy what you want or you do what you need for your life. it is your life!

  2. Zex Randos

    I smoke like 30-40 cigarettes per day. I really have a “stressful 24/7 life”. I work 12 to 14 hours a day, 7 days a week with no days off. I mean, i noticed major changes on my skin, i also gained some belly fat which i never had before. I was fit and healthy 20yo guy back 2 years ago. And now i can’t look myself in the mirror. When i take pictures i just delete all of them. My hair has stared to fall out, acne started appearing on my back… But in the end, “but” is always the problem.

    • ysabelle raven

      have you tried seeking professional help? I suggest you should. smoking that many daily is not good.

  3. Michelle Lee

    OMG! I always deprive my sleep. I can’t sleep early because I have insomnia, and it’s true, my face is oily.

    • Isabella Jones

      Lack of sleep can also result in acne problems. And since you lack sleep, you will also experience low blood pressure and anemia. Please see your doctor sleep is important as water.

  4. Linda Williams

    GOOSEBUMPS. I will quit smoking, and drink too much alcohol. I will live a healthier life from now on. I don’t want to look two times of my age!!!! No, this can’t be!!!

    • Helena Lowson

      That’s a great decision, really! You won’t regret it, and if you’re not convinced yet, look at a video of a one month without alcohol! 😀

  5. Brett Lee

    I used to live like this. My mom introduced me to your magazine, and I start a healthier life. Thanks to this article, I’m starting to live a healthier life.

  6. Veola Sancho

    I thought my skin is safe during winter because I don’t feel too much hotness. I wear too many clothes during winter, and I guess I’m safe, but I totally forgot my face.

  7. Quin Meri

    I work 12 hours a day, and when I got home, I do some paper works. I drink coffee to fight the sleepyness that I feel, and I always deprive my sleep. Do I look like older than my real age? Lol

    • Emma Halmberg

      It really depends on who you are, what are your genetics! I know some people having really bad habits in their life and still looking very young and healthy. But I wonder if they really feel like that inside… and I bet it’ll catch up with them when they get older!

  8. Ana Brose

    Living a happier life, is healthy, but what if smoking, drinking alcoholic beverages, and drinking will make you happy? ?

  9. Joss Butler

    I smoke because of my work. It’s part of my daily routine to smoke. My girlfriend wants me to quit smoking, but I just can’t.

  10. Jeni Morgan

    I’m scared. I’m a heavy drinker and chain smoker. I live my life to the fullest, and I forgot how important my health is. I drink and smoke to be happy, and release the stress that I feel at home, and at work. Maybe I should be more conscious about my health, and the way I live my life.

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