Our skin is an important reflection of inner health and vitality. Any pressing health issue such as digestive disorders, thyroid problems, and acidity often reflect through dull and lifeless-looking skin. Sometimes, the cosmetic damage can become permanent. While no one intentionally wants to damage their skin, quite often it is the small things you unintentionally do that could be to blame. Here we take a look at 10 ways in which you are probably making your skin age faster on a daily basis. 1. Not using SPF We start off with the one thing that most are guilty of. SPF or sunscreen is not something you need to save solely for your vacations. If you step in the sun daily, you would be doing your skin a favour by covering up with sunscreen. Harsh UV rays from the sun can damage the collagen of your skin and cause you to age must faster than you normally would. 2. Using a cell phone in bed Almost everyone has done this at some point. Yet, staring at a bright cell phone screen in a dark room is absolutely bad for your eyesight and the sensitive skin around your eyes. The strain can cause an early onset of wrinkles as well as give you an eye number. 3. Chronic smoking This one might seem so obvious, yet it is important to be included in this list. Cigarettes are becoming a problem among younger segments of the population and this has got experts worried. Chronic smoking causes the skin to appear gaunt and grey. Smokers also develop fine lines, dark lips, and wrinkles faster than others. 4. Not sleeping enough Ask any beauty expert for natural anti-aging remedies and chances are high that he / she will tell you to first get sufficient sleep. Sleep is the best cosmetic anyone can put to use. It helps the body repair broken cells. Skimping on sleep too often will leave you with dull looking skin and heavy dark circles under your eyes. 5. Diet plans Eating the wrong food is as bad as crash dieting and not eating anything at all. You need a balanced diet that includes carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and fats. Not eating right can set your metabolism off course and result in your developing health issues such as thyroid problems which inadvertently affect your skin health. 6. Indoor heating and cooling Central air conditioning and heating might be the need of the hour depending on where you live. Yet, studies have shown that a long-term use of indoor temperature controllers can sap the moisture out of your skin and lead to early signs of aging. One simple way to work around this is by keeping indoor plants or bowls of water. 7. Alcohol abuse In some studies, people who gave up alcohol for a month or longer were found to be in better health and have healthier skin as compared to those who didn’t. Firstly, alcohol causes massive dehydration and this leads to a dull looking skin. Moreover, regular drinkers are often impacted with skin diseases such as psoriasis and spider veins. 8. Sleeping on one side Any kind of repetitive friction is not good for your skin. Studies show that sleeping on the side can lead to an early formation of wrinkles on the cheeks. While this might seem like a task, try to take your brief naps while lying on your back. Not only is this good for your skin, it is also great for your posture. 9. Over-cleansing your skin While it is important to follow a fixed skin care routine, too much of a good thing can harm. Overcleaning and over-exfoliating your skin can dry it out faster and cause natural hydration to dry up. One simple tip to follow is never use facewash when you wake up, because your skin has natural oils built up during sleep. Simply splash your face with water and you are good to go. 10. Not removing makeup before bed Makeup is one of the known skin aging causes. A mistake almost every woman makes at least a few times, not removing makeup before you sleep can clog your pores, leading to acne and dull skin. Makeup does not necessarily refer to heavy foundation and cream eyeshadow. Even a light BB cream and nude makeup should be wiped clean before bed-time.
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