1. NOT USING SUNSCREEN DAILY
We all should be spending a little bit of time outdoors each day to soak up that natural Vitamin D, but if you spend too much time under the sun, including tannin, you’re harming you’re skin more than you realize. It may not be visible or noticeable at first, especially if you’re still in your 20’s; but as you get into your 40’s and 50’s, the sings of sun damage will show up, and the first place is, you guessed it-you’re face. Try to minimize how much you’re under direct sun, and if you must be under the sun for more than 10 minutes, try wearing a large brim hat to minimize sun exposure to your face. You should be slathering on sunscreen even while indoors, especially if you’re sitting in a room with lots of windows and sunlight.
2. NOT REMOVING YOUR MAKEUP BEFORE BED
If I can convince you to incorporate only two habits in your everyday life one would be to wear SPF daily, and the other would be to please please take your makeup off before bed. If there’s only one part in your evening routine – it should be removing the makeup from your face. Ideally you should be doing a double cleanse each time, but I know some nights are better than others, so on the nights that you just get home and want to hit the bed and the last thing you think about is a double cleanse, just make sure you wash your face with a cleanser that is meant for your skin type, gently dry, moisturize and then hit the bed. You’ll feel so much better in the morning, and I guarantee that you will thank yourself when you get to your 40’s and 50’s.
3. NOT USING YOUR EYE ECLIPSE WHEN YOU TAKE YOUR EYE MAKEUP OFF
The key to amazing skin is a gentle and consistent ritual which includes thoroughly removing your makeup each night. The Eye Eclipse™ is designed to prevent the unnecessary rubbing and tugging which contribute to under eye wrinkles. If you wear makeup, especially eye makeup, the best thing you can do for your skin is to take off your makeup before you go to bed; but in doing so, most of us do more harm to our delicate undereye area than we intend. Your eye area has the most delicate skin on your face and requires special attention and needs to be cleansed with care. Gentle cleansing starts with your Eye Eclipse™.
By now we’re all aware of the harmful effects of smoking, and that it is terrible for your health and wreaks havoc on your body. It’s also known to cause lung cancer and heart disease. Besides causing life threating diseases, smoking will also show signs of wear on your face. That’s because the toxins from the cigarette will start to cause wrinkles and fine lines on your face. According to dermatologists smoking narrows the blood vessels in the skin which can leave it more prone to wrinkling.
5. EXCESSIVE ALCOHOL USE
Drinking in moderation is OK but drinking to excess can be damaging to your skin and your liver. Excess drinking, especially sugary drinks, causes cell-damaging free radicals. Alcohol also robs the body of essential vitamins. If you do drink, make sure to limit yourself to one or two per week.
6. NOT GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP!
Getting enough hours of sleep is such an individual thing. It doesn’t work the same for everyone. Some people need 5 hours, some need 6-7 hour, while some – like me - need a solid 8 hours to be able to function like a normal human being. Sleep is so important to our bodies. Your skin regenerates while you sleep, and as well as your body working to repair muscle, tissues, and cells. Don’t feel guilty, get some quality sleep!
The number one culprit that contributes and causes you to age faster than any other factor is-STRESS. Studies have shown that prolonged periods of stress can actually alter your DNA. Chronic stress caused by work, family issues and other negative factors in your life, lead to increased blood pressure, sleep disruption, different skin conditions, and a host of other health related issues. These ailments all have a negative impact on our aging process. Stress causes change and damage to the proteins in your skin and contributes to reduced skin elasticity and the loss of elasticity can contribute to wrinkles. High amounts of cortisol, the stress hormone — can break down the skin's collagen and elastin, and form wrinkles.
Do your best to find healthy ways to deal with the stress in your life. Taking some time each day to unwind and enjoy some quiet time can go a long way towards reducing your stress levels. Go for a walk, read a book, meditate or any other activity that brings you peace & joy. Make de-stressing a priority and your body will thank you.
8. NOT DRINKING ENOUGH WATER
All our lives we’ve been told to drink water, and with good reason. Water makes such a huge difference in your overall health, your skin, and your energy. When you start drinking enough water your skin will start to look more plump and radiant. Lack of water can cause skin to lose its plumpness and elasticity—leading to dryness, flakiness, fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. Personally, drinking lots of water doesn’t come naturally to me as it does to so many, but nowadays its easier than ever. There are apps that remind you for your water intake every hour or two, there are water bottles with markings of how much you should be drinking per hour and so on. The overall point is to drink the required amount daily, regardless of if you need a little reminder now and then.