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Paying the Price for Aging Ignorance

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When we’re young, we may think we’ll never pay the price for anything. We ignore the rule of staying out in the sun too long because it causes cancer and premature aging and other rules meant to protect us from ourselves before our brains are fully developed.

Medical experts say it’s never too late to quit smoking, drinking, eating a poor nutrition diet, not exercising or to begin taking action that prevents premature or rapid aging. If you begin now, no matter what age you may be, you’ll be sure to cut back some of the effects that aging has on your mind and body.

But, what about those habits that can wreak havoc with the aging process – and you’re not even aware of them? Habits like squinting in the sun and rubbing your eyes can deepen little lines around the eyes and cause you to appear older than you are.

Not drinking enough water can cause the skin to dry out and dehydrate, causing fine lines and a crepe-like appearance. This habit is an easy fix by drinking more water every day and using moisturizer that traps moisture in your skin. It’s an instantaneous way to look younger.

You may not realize it, but sleeping on your stomach or side causes your face to press against the pillow and rapidly age your face by forming wrinkles and fine lines. Try using a softer pillow so the pressure on the face will be lessened.

If you’re a yo-yo dieter, trying all the new fad diets, it will take a toll on your body. Constant weight gain and loss repeatedly stretches the skin and breaks down the elasticized fibers which lead to sagging and stretch marks.

It’s possible to overdo your daily beauty routine and harm your skin rather than help it. You can get clogged pores by applying too much of a skin lotion – or it could cause blotches that are sometimes caused “age spots.”

You probably know that smoking and too much alcohol can cause premature aging – but, did you know that indulging your sweet tooth can also jump start the aging process? Sugar breaks down the collagen in the skin causing sagging and wrinkles and can also cause such disorders as Type 2 Diabetes and arthritis.

All of the above are ways that many of us pay the price for ignorance of the aging process. Some are simply bad habits we must break and others constitute a lifestyle that we’ve set up for ourselves which is harmful.

You need to enlighten yourself about some of the hidden dangers of living a lifestyle that’s detrimental to staying young and healthy for as long as you can. Let’s look at some of the most common issues.

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