Find Out Which Mistakes Are Making You Age Faster
Many people, especially women do everything they can in order to cover their gray hair and wrinkles. However, most of them don’t even know that they are still doing some things that make them look older than they are.
Below, we have compiled a list of 10 items that can cause premature aging. Consider what things you may want to change to keep from adding more wrinkles to your skin.
1. Not getting enough sleep
It’s no secret that not getting enough sleep can make you look older. After all, just one night of poor sleep can drastically change your appearance in the mirror the following morning. That’s because sleep is extremely restorative to all systems and areas of the body, including the skin. So if you can manage to increase the length and quality of your nightly snoozing, you may likely start noticing an improvement in your complexion—and be able to stave off those lines and wrinkles even longer.
2. Avoiding (healthy) fats
By now, you should know that fat doesn’t make you fat (that distinction belongs to sugar and processed carbs), particularly if you’re consuming the right kind of fat. Healthy fats like omega-3 fatty acids provide many benefits, including increased cognitive function, weight loss, and improved skin health. So avoiding them can be counterproductive when it comes to aging. In fact, a low-fat diet can contribute to dry skin, sagging, and wrinkles.
Many skincare experts will tell you that starving your body—and, therefore, your skin—of fat is one of the quickest ways to lose that youthful glow. Meanwhile, foods like salmon, walnuts, flaxseed, and chia seeds are great sources of healthy fat and are known for reducing inflammation and improving the appearance and health of the skin. Coconut oil is another beneficial fat source to add to your diet and to also use topically to promote a youthful complexion.
3. Eating too many processed foods
What you fuel your body with on the inside can really affect how you look on the outside. Thus, a diet of fake, processed foods can make you look haggard and older, while a diet focused on whole, anti-inflammatory foods is known for giving people that highly coveted, glowing complexion. A diet high in antioxidant foods like berries and leafy greens can also slow down the aging process and help to prevent or decrease damage to the body’s cells—including skin cells.
So if you’re looking to adopt an anti-aging diet, focus on plants, with moderate amounts of high-quality meat and seafood—i.e. organic, free-range, wild-caught, and grass-fed options.
4. Not consuming enough bone broth
Bone broth is all the rage these days, but this ancient healing elixir isn’t some passing fad. Nor is it something you should turn to only when you have a stuffy nose.
Because bone broth is loaded with collagen, which is the main structural protein found in the skin, it is one of the absolute best things you can consume to maintain a more youthful appearance. As we age, collagen production naturally decreases, but adding bone broth to your diet on a regular basis is a top way to increase collagen levels. That collagen then helps form elastin and other compounds within the skin that are responsible for maintaining youthful tone, texture, and overall appearance.
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