HEALTH: Daily Habits That Are Prematurely Aging You


Aside from a cosmetic procedure, there sadly isn’t a magic pill to slow down the signs of aging. But according to experts, there’s a lot we can do, or in this case there are quite a few common habits we can stop doing to prevent premature aging. Are you guilty of any of these?

Drinking through a straw: Doing this once in a while isn’t a big deal, but if you slurp down your iced coffee everyday through a straw you might want to reconsider. The repetitive motion of pursing your lips will lead to early lip lines and wrinkles around the mouth.

Not drinking enough water: Sugary beverages like fruit juice, soda, and energy drinks are not great for your skin, and if you drink them more often than water they can accelerate cell aging and result in early wrinkles and dehydrated skin.

Drinking too much alcohol: Alcohol dehydrates you, which is a major cause of premature aging.

Eating too much junk food: It's called junk for a reason. This food lacks vitamins and minerals -- which your skin (and body) need to stay health.

Having a diet that’s high in sugar: Sugar damages collagen and elastin, which are the building blocks of healthy, youthful looking skin

Not getting enough sleep and sleeping on your side or stomach: A poor sleep schedule causes cell damage and can result in a host of health problems including early signs of aging. And sleeping on your side or stomach causes skin stretching, which leads to facial wrinkles.

Too much screen time: The effects of blue light exposure over a long period of time could have similar effects to UVA and UVB rays from the sun on the delicate skin of your face.

Not wearing sunscreen: We should all know this one by now. Too much sun without protection damages your skin.

Slouching: Always looking down, whether it's to use your laptop, tablet, or phone, not only messes with your posture, but has been linked to wrinkles around the neck and chin. (USA Today)