The anti-aging industry is soon expected to be worth more than $210 billion worldwide, according to a report by market research firm ZMR. Many Americans, then, are on a quest to retain their youthful looks. However, you may be doing more to speed up the aging process than you realize. But if you avoid these daily bad habits, then perhaps you could look younger for longer.
Forgetting sun protection
It’s perhaps widely known that skin damage caused by excessive exposure to the sun can result in premature aging. But benefits can be gained from applying sunscreen every day whatever the weather, and not just during periods of sunbathing. Skin damage might not be immediately noticeable, but once it happens it can’t be reversed, so in this case prevention is best.
Sitting too long
While strenuous exercise, such as running, is believed by some to cause premature aging of the face due to continual bouncing, the opposite can also be true. For instance, sitting at a desk or in front of the TV for too long is believed to rapidly increase the signs of aging, and may escalate your chances of developing certain diseases.
Not sleeping enough
While regular movement can fight the aging effects of a sedentary lifestyle, exercise, can also help you achieve more restful sleep, another key factor in combating the signs of aging. The body undergoes a restoration process during periods of slumber, including refreshing skin cells, so sleepless nights can contribute to the aging process. Aim for about seven or eight hours of sleep a night.
It’s also true that exercise is one way of combating stress, a mental factor which can accelerate the aging process, and affect sleep patterns. Chronic stress can reduce the efficiency of the telomeres, which act like protective coatings on our DNA strands, keeping them working efficiently. Fortunately, it’s possible to manage your stress levels by employing relaxation techniques and looking after your mental wellbeing.