5 Habits That Make You Old

Here are some key things you should never do if you want to avoid premature aging. Habits for many people that are just plain bad.

Having Sugary Drinks

We all know that sugar will age you and a recent study from the University of California, San Francisco has found that sugary drinks like soda have shorter telomeres, the ‘DNA component’ of cells. Drinking sugared drinks can influence aging by actually accelerating it and the study found they are “uniquely toxic to metabolism.”

Similarly, highly sugared foods and snacks will have a similar effect. Reduce sugar intake to retain and even increase the health of your cells and reduce aging.

High Alcohol Intake

Alcohol can make your skin more inflamed and work to have a higher aging effect generally upon the body. A 2019 multinational study of more than 3,200 women found that those who drank more than eight drinks a week had more “upper facial lines, under-eye puffiness, oral commissures, midface volume loss, and blood vessels” than women who drank moderately or not at all.

Sleeping Too Little

Sleep has a rejunevating effect upon the body and too few people get the sleep they actually need to preserve their health. According to a study published in Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, women who got quality sleep experienced 30% better skin-barrier recovery than women who got poor sleep, and had “significantly lower intrinsic skin aging.” How much sleep is enough? Experts like the National Sleep Foundation recommend seven to nine hours every night. 

Being Stressed

Stress damages the cells and increases aging and other health risks. A recent Harvard Medical School reports that protracted stress can shorten telomeres, those structures inside each cell that contain genetic information which are also damaged by sugar. Not only is telomere shortening the literal process of aging, people with shorter telomeres are at risk of chronic conditions like heart disease and cancer. And to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, do.


No surprises here, but smoking has any number of disadvantages and one is certainly to increase your aging and damage your skin – quite apart from internal damage. Tobacco smoke contains hundreds of toxins which float around your face whenever you light up, while inhaling smoke causes blood vessels to constrict and prevents oxygen and nutrients from circulating to the skin. In one particularly vivid study published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, researchers compared the facial features of 79 sets of twins

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