Do you have any of these habits which are making you age faster? (Part 1)
Have you ever tried origami, the Japanese art of paper folding? Just like a piece of paper that has already been folded, lines and other signs of ageing will stay visible on our faces once they appear. However, it is possible to slow down or make ageing signs less visible. In fact, we can start by making changes to our lifestyle. Are any of your subconscious everyday habits making you age? Read on to find out and learn what you can do to counter them.
1. Constantly multi-tasking
Multi-tasking is a good skill to have, but if not managed properly, it can create more stress instead. Stress from an overly hectic lifestyle may be taxing your body, triggering the release of free radicals that damage cells in your body. Instead of attempting to tackle everything at once, try concentrating on one task at a time, or take a yoga or meditation class to help you relax and clear your mind.
2. Having a sweet tooth
Besides weight gain, a diet containing too much sugar causes glycation, the process where molecules of sugar stick to the protein fibers in cells. This makes skin’s proteins such as collagen and elastin to lose their ability to function normally, resulting in a loss of radiance, increased pore size and an increase in fine lines and wrinkles.
3. Completely cutting out fat from your diet
It is important to note that eating fat does not make you fat, but eating too much fat is what makes you overweight. Some fats, such as omega-3 fatty acids, are essential for keeping skin supple and smooth. Be selective in your oil and condiment choices and choose quality fatty food like fish, avocadoes and nuts like walnuts and sunflower seeds to keep skin supple and plump, preventing wrinkles. These foods are good for boosting both heart and brain health as well.
4. Working in an air-conditioned environment
Long hours spent in air-conditioning can cause skin to become dry, making fine lines and wrinkles more noticeable. Try using a hydrating night cream at bedtime to protect your skin from drying out overnight. You can even try cooling down the room with air-conditioning first and switching to using the fan when you sleep.
5. Insufficient sleep
The time when we sleep is when there is an increase in growth hormones and a decrease in stress hormones, which results in skin regeneration. A lack of sleep leads to unsightly dark eye circles and affects skin moisture levels and dullness. At least 7 hours of sleep a day is recommended for skin that is repaired and well-rested.