6 Everyday Habits That Could Be Secretly Ageing You

LIFESTYLE  |  April 28, 2017
  • 1. Checking our social media feeds incessantly
    1 / 6 1. Checking our social media feeds incessantly

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    There’s nothing wrong with keeping ourselves engaged on our phones but when we do so, we normally look down, thus resulting in a condition referred to as the ‘tech neck’. From here on out, it could lead to dropping jowls, saggy skin and creases around your neck. Make a conscious effort to keep your phones slightly closer to your eye level or perhaps give yourself a break from your phone entirely. 

     

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  • 2. Blasting our music through our headphones
    2 / 6 2. Blasting our music through our headphones

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    Our tolerance to loud sounds generally get build up whenever you feel like turning up the music to your favourite song and by doing so, it can lead to a gradual process of hearing loss. Our phones have the abilities to turn up the volume up to 101 decibels, which is well over the recommended level. To prevent this, you can use noise-cancelling earbuds to block out the background noise so that you don’t feel the need to up the volume.

    (Also Read: Beware of Hearing Loss If You’re Into Loud Music)

     

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  • 3. Overdosing on sugary foods
    3 / 6 3. Overdosing on sugary foods

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    Having a sweet tooth on a regular basis won’t just affect your weight loss efforts but also take a toll on your skin. According to a 2007 study published in the British Journal of Dermatology, once sugar hits your bloodstream, it forms glycation end products which damages your proteins like collagen and elastin. Hence making your skin look dull and wrinkled. The ageing effects can start at about age 35 and increase rapidly after that. 

    (Also Read: 11 Foods You Wouldn’t Expect To Have Loads Of Sugar)

     

     

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  • 4. Sleeping on your side or your stomach
    4 / 6 4. Sleeping on your side or your stomach

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    Your ‘sleep lines’ might not be so harmless after all. By sleeping on your side or your stomach, there’s a repeated pressure that usually occurs on your face, arms, stomach, and this promotes the breakdown of collagen, hence those sleep lines could have a good chance of turning into wrinkles. 

    (Also Read: 6 Night Habits You Need To Kick For Better Sleep)

     

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  • 5. Drinking from a straw
    5 / 6 5. Drinking from a straw

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    This might happen all the time when we’re out and about but according to celebrity esthetician Renee Rouleau, pursing your lips regularly encourages the breakdown of collagen and elasticity around your upper lip area, that could result in wrinkles and lines. While it can be difficult to deny yourself of a straw every now and then, pay more attention to your lip line when you’re going through yout skincare regime by applying facial serums and moisturisers. 

     

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  • 6. We don't eat enough vegetables
    6 / 6 6. We don't eat enough vegetables

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    Even if you love your weekly fix of salads, you should know that it isn’t entirely enough. The antioxidants we get from consuming vegetables are important because they help fight off free radicals that can otherwise leave a dull and older looking appearance on your body and skin. However they only remain active for about a few hours which is why there’s a need for them to be continually replenished. A good diet to follow? Try including greens in every meal of the day. 

     

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