Aging, the inevitable and most natural body process, is probably among the most feared. Growing old seems scary when you read about how biologists define it: “age-dependent or age-progressive decline in intrinsic physiological function, leading to an increase in age-specific mortality rate.” And some seemingly small daily habits only speed up the process.
There is no magic formula for looking younger than you really are, it’s just hard. Sleeping well, eating healthy foods, and exercising more are all important, but can seen mutually exclusive in today’s busy and often chaotic environment.
Unfortunately, the signs of how you treat your body show on your skin. The main reasons why fine lines and wrinkles appear on your face have been known for years — smoking (which also causes wrinkles all over your body), the sun’s ultraviolet rays, stress, and, of course, aging.
Genes are a factor, but there is nothing you can do about that. Certain habits can make it look like you skipped through time.
To determine 20 daily habits that are making people look older prematurely, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed dozens of studies, medical journals (including the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health), and reports by various medical schools and associations focusing on skin health, including the American Academy of Dermatology and the International Dermal Institute.