I have shared these tips with you before, but this is a reminder that whilst our LifeCell Australia two skin care ranges may be good, the products can only do their part however & the rest is up to you. I hear from time to time people wanting a miracle in only a few days, so let’s look again at the bad habits you may have picked up as I know we are all faced with these from time to time.
Firstly, Did you know that you can control how well you age?
A Dermatologist, Doris Day, author of Forget the Facelift, says “only about 10% of how your skin ageing is genetic.”
So your daily health and skin care habits can make a huge difference in how old you look. That’s great news – if you’re doing all the right things to keep your body and skin healthy. But what if you’re not?
There are five bad habits that can wreak havoc with your skin – and age you before your time…
Bad Habit -1 Eating Too Much Sugar
The sugar in your bloodstream naturally attaches to proteins to form harmful new molecules called advanced glycation end products – or AGEs for short. The more sugar you eat, the more AGEs you create. You may want to back off on indulging your sweet tooth. Experts now believe that overeating sugar can make your skin look dull and wrinkled. Here’s why…
These renegade molecules inflict damage on collagen and elastin, the proteins that keep your skin firm and elastic. When that happens, your collagen and elastin go from springy and resilient to dry and brittle – and your skin starts to sag and wrinkle.
Bad Habit -2 Smoking Cigarettes
This may seem rather obvious. After all, everyone knows smoking cigarettes is bad for your health. But did you know that studies have found a direct correlation between smoking and skin damage?
When you smoke, you’re inhibiting the production of collagen and constricting the blood vessels near the surface of your skin. Without collagen and oxygen, your skin loses its smoothness and elasticity. And you’re left with wrinkles and a leathery appearance.
Smoking’s aging effect can really be seen when you look at pictures of identical twins – when one is a smoker and one is not. The signs of premature aging due to smoking are especially obvious around the eyelids, lips and jowls.
Bad Habit -3 Not Getting Your Beauty Sleep
You’ve probably already experienced the dark circles and dull-looking skin that follow a night with little sleep.
But did you know that regularly skimping on sleep can actually cause your skin to age prematurely?
Sleep is vitally important to the health of your skin. While you’re sleeping, your body goes into a parasympathetic mode – shifting your energy to repairing and rejuvenating your cells. If your skin cells get short-changed on that important restorative time too often, your appearance will suffer for it.
Bad Habit -4 Skipping Your Workouts
Next time you find it difficult to drum up the motivation to exercise, remember this…
A sedentary lifestyle can cause you to age prematurely – and add years to your face.
Exercising is one of the best things you can do for healthy skin. A good workout boosts your circulation and blood flow – and rushes nutrient-rich and oxygen-rich blood to your skin cells.
Plus, research suggests that exercise helps your skin repair itself – and may even lower your risk of skin cancer.
Bad Habit -5 Going to Bed Without Removing Your Makeup
Going to sleep with your make-up on can take a toll on your complexion.
Makeup can trap dirt, oil and even pollution on your skin all night and clog your pores. That can give you some nasty breakouts, but that’s not all…
Most makeup contains ingredients that are toxic and irritate your skin over time. This can hinder the regeneration of skin cells that’s supposed to be taking place while you’re sleeping.
The good news is…
Replacing these five bad habits with good ones can make a huge difference in the appearance of your skin.
Cut down on the sugar and add nutrient-packed foods to your diet to boost your skin health – like tomatoes, blueberries, green tea, yogurt, salmon, nuts, and honey
Exercise regularly 4-5 times a week.
Wash your face every night before going to bed. Get seven to eight hours of sleep every night.
If you’re a smoker, consider quitting. By kicking the tobacco habit, you can undo the damage smoking did to your skin.
Invest in quality skin care products that contain only natural, healthy ingredients – and no harsh detergents or toxic chemicals that can damage your skin.