By: Daniel Trick
For as long as humanity has been around, the desire to maintain a youthful appearance has been one of the primary beauty goals. Cleopatra, who was renowned for her beauty, used to bathe in donkey’s milk every day. The milk was rightly thought to be nourishing and keep her skin soft and beautiful. Legend has it she needed over 700 donkeys to supply the milk for her daily beauty regime. Cleopatra’s choice wasn’t an unusual decision in Ancient Rome and Ancient Egypt, as historians found evidence that other individuals use milk to preserve their clear complexion and erase small lines. Emperor Nero’s second wife washed her face with donkey’s milk several times a day. Even in modern times, Napoleon’s sister also used donkey’s milk bath to preserve her youthful appearance. What our ancestors didn’t know was that milk contains alpha-hydroxy acid, or AHA for short. AHA can actively help to rejuvenate your skin by eliminating dead skin cells and stimulating healthy regeneration.
However, nowadays, you may not be able to justify wasting gallons of milk as a beauty bath. Thankfully, the skincare industry has long understood the benefits of AHA as part of a healthy and invigorating beauty routine. In other words, you don’t need to follow in Cleopatra’s footsteps to give your skin the best care products and regime possible.
But, despite the abundance of quality products and specialist knowledge, we haven’t managed to eradicate the aging process in your skin cells entirely. With the appropriate care and habits, you may be able to delay it for as long as possible. But preventing your skin from losing its firmness and plumpness is an impossible dream for now. Nevertheless, there are countless little changes you can make to help to retain your natural youthfulness for longer. Surprisingly, when it comes to maintaining our good looks, most people prefer to introduce positive habits into their routine instead of getting rid of unhealthy choices. In the long term, the positive gestures you introduce are counterbalanced by the continuation of harmful habits. Ultimately, if you want to help your skin to stay younger and healthy for longer, you need to ditch these habits for good:
#1. Tobacco leads to premature aging
It’s well known that smoking is bad for you. Manufacturers have been pressed by health campaigns to place informative warnings on cigarette packs for a reason. Smoking can lead to a dramatic mutation of your cells, which leads to cancer. Similarly, the exposure to cigarettes, or passive smoking, can also have a similar effect. Consequently, a lot of smokers have tried to cut down on their daily consumption, following the belief that smoking less would reduce the risk. Theoretically, there is some logic in their choice; however, countless cases have shown that sometimes the tiniest of exposure is all it takes.
Regardless of other health concern, tobacco can also affect your skin health. Indeed, each time you light up a cigarette, you reduce blood flow to the skin, cutting its ability to breathe for up to 30 minutes. Sub-optimal blood flow can accentuate the risks of wrinkles. Additionally, you don’t only deprive your skin of oxygen but also of nutrient, as the chemicals contained in tobacco smoke can lead to collagen and elastin destruction. Admittedly, if you’re a regular smoker, you may not be able to quit cold turkey easily. But you can consider switching for electronic alternatives with exciting vape juice flavors that can help you to control your smoking habits and regulate your skin exposure to tobacco. Indeed, vaping is entirely tobacco-free, meaning that it doesn’t have the same effects on your skin. Otherwise, don’t fool yourself into believing that vaping is altogether healthy. Vape pens contain nicotine, which helps you to quit without experiencing cravings gradually.
#2. Vitamin D is good but in moderation
Vitamin D is entirely synthesized by your body when your skin is exposed to direct sunlight. While vitamin D is commonly mentioned in relationship with the absorption of calcium, it also plays a significant role in many essential bodily functions. Low vitamin D levels can put your immune system at risk, which makes your skin more vulnerable to external factors. As a result, the skin feels tired, tight, and overall less plump, making you appear older than you are. However, while going out in the sun can sort out your issues, you need to be careful about direct sun exposure, especially at the beginning of spring as your body is hungry for natural warmth. Without adequate protection, it’s easy to get burnt and out your skin at risk. Sunburn happens when the external heat has burned through the natural moisture contained in the cells, leaving your skin to turn red and becomes tight. Additionally, sunburns also slow down the production of collagen, as the skin feels under attack. You can help your skin to boost its defenses with homemade anti-aging lotions. Indeed, gotu kola, a plant with skin enhancing properties, can dramatically improve firmness and elasticity.
#3. Short nights are not good for your beauty
If you’re the kind of person who likes to get in bed late and wake up early in the morning – it’s a typical night for anybody who works in a hectic environment –, your lack of sleep might be affecting your youthful looks. Take the time to observe your face carefully in the mirror before putting your makeup on in the morning. Some of the most common symptoms of tiredness show on your face:
- Dark rings under your eyes
- Puffy bags under the eyes
- Saggy and drooping skin
- Overall tired appearance
You might be telling yourself that you could take a short night with no issue when you were young, but ultimately, it’s not a matter of age. It’s a matter of repeated behavior. Your skin needs to recover from the lack of sleep. If you make your short nights – less than 6 hours sleep – a habit, the skin can’t heal, and you begin to notice issues. There’s no way around it; even the best anti-wrinkle lotions can’t replace the benefits of resting.
#4. Maybe you should stop chips and TV in the evening
Everyone should indulge a little in life. You know you can’t stick to a strict diet of healthy food and healthy habits all the time. And while it’s true that you should allow yourself a cheat reward from time to time, you need to be careful about the type of cheat you choose. Salty and greasy snacks, for instance, can have a dramatic effect on the skin. Ultimately, depending on your skin type, the pack of chips you’ve saved for a cozy night in front of the TV is likely to cause an acne breakout. The truth is that salty food naturally deprives your body of moisture. However, if you accompany the chips with a glass of alcohol, you can’t replenish the moisture you’ve lost, which increase the apparition of wrinkles for sensitive skin.
#5. Stop touching your face to think
What is your thinking face? You may not be aware of it, but most people feel their face when they are confronted with a difficult problem or a stressful situation. If you work in an office, pay attention to how your colleagues react to a tricky question. Do they rub an eyebrow with their fingers as they think? Do they cup their chin in a hand to consider? Do they place their cheeks in between their palms? Most people unconsciously touch their face as an emotional response. German researchers have facial self-stimulation can help to regulate stress. However, as it does, it also spread millions of germs on your face, which can lead to acne outbreaks, greasy spots, and tired complexion. If you’re worried about maintaining your youthful glow, you need to stop rubbing your face to think!
#6. You can’t retrain your eyesight successfully
More and more adults need corrective glasses to adjust their sight. The abundance of aggressive screen light in everyday life is one of the major cause of eye fatigue. But, unfortunately, most people struggle with their glasses. Glasses can be a handicap in everyday life. You can struggle with fog when you go through a temperature change, whether you’re walking inside or drinking out of a hot mug. As a result, many adults try to train their eyes to regain a clear vision. If you’re considering eye exercises, you need to know that they’re unlikely to improve your vision. In fact, the only thing you’ll get from not wearing your glasses is extra wrinkles on your forehead and around your eyes, as a direct result of squinting to see what’s in front of you.
#7. You’re skipping gym way too often
Last, but not least, there are days when you just can’t motivate yourself to go to the gym. Once in a while, you deserve a little rest! However, if you make it a habit, you can be missing out on the positive influence of sports on your skin. A regular physical activity can visibly make your skin appear younger. At a cellular level, sports boost the production of collagen.
In the end, we’re all guilty of having a couple of bad habits. Nobody is perfect, after all! But if you want to make the most of your skincare routine, you need to get rid of the most harmful habits as soon as possible.