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Six habits that accelerate aging

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Jakarta  /  Sun, August 19, 2018  /  07:08 am
Six habits that accelerate aging

Slowing down the inevitability of aging is a difficult task, especially when some of the things you do on a regular basis cause you to age faster than you think. (Shutterstock/narissawan studio)

You’ve searched and bought all of the antiaging products out there, and even went as far as following a morning and night routine on a daily basis – all in the name of staying young. But even so, slowing down the inevitability of aging is a difficult task, especially when some of the things you do on a regular basis cause you to age faster than you think.

Pop Sugar compiled a list of six habits that accelerate aging according to dermatologist Dr. Debra Jaliman, MD.

1. Your sugar intake

Sugar is known to cause the glycation of collagen and harden it, causing the skin's surface to weaken. Stiff collagen also results in fine lines and wrinkles on the skin, thus the look of aging skin. Consider replacing sugar with honey for your tea, and enjoy the real taste of good coffee that doesn't need sugar.

2. Too much alcohol consumption

The skin turns red when you drink alcohol because it becomes dehydrated and the blood vessels enlarge. Eventually, dehydrated skin can age your skin faster and leads to severe rosacea.

3. Choosing the wrong pillowcase

Dr. Jaliman recommends using a satin pillowcase to avoid the scrunching of your skin from rubbing on the pillowcase material. She claims that rough pillowcases can trigger wrinkles on the face.

Read also: Could a lifetime of exercise be the key to slowing down the aging process?

4. Sunbathing

Ten minutes of exposure to UVA and UVB rays can damage the skin in the long run, mainly accelerating the aging process. Sunlight cumulatively harms the skin, and Dr. Jaliman asserts that the right sunscreen, such as one with a broad spectrum, can prevent the harm from happening.

5. Smoking

"It is important to avoid smoking cigarettes because smoking can reduce blood supply to the skin and cause wrinkles on the face in general," the dermatologist said.

6. Being exposed to air pollution

Dr. Jaliman recommends exfoliating the skin every night using a wet cloth to remove dirt and dead skin cells due to air pollution. Another solution is to make use of antioxidant skin care products, which fight environmental damage, especially pollution. (saz/mut)

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