12 Surprising Habits That Make You Look Older

Worshipping the sun wreaks havoc on skin. So does smoking. But what else are you doing to sabotage your looks? Check out these 12 bad habits that cause premature aging...

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12 Habits That Make You Look Old

It’s impossible to look young forever, but you can prevent time from marching across your face.

Don’t let these 12 beauty blunders age you. Just a few easy fixes can keep your skin looking fresher and more youthful…

 

1. You’re Too Skinny

You’re Too Skinny

Yup, there is a downside to being too thin!

“Loss of facial fat causes sagging and a gaunt, aged appearance,” says dermatologist Mary P. Lupo, M.D., clinical professor of dermatology at Tulane University in New Orleans.

Yo-yo dieting also causes premature aging. The repeated weight gain and loss stretches your skin and makes it loose.

Skin solution: Maintain a healthy weight with proper diet and exercise. And be sure to feed your face too.

You’re Too Skinny

“Research shows there are foods that will enhance your appearance from the inside out,” says nutritionist Lisa Drayer, R.D., author of The Beauty Diet (McGraw-Hill).

Skin-friendly foods:

  • Omega-3 fatty acids, found in wild salmon and walnuts, fight wrinkle-causing inflammation
  • Vitamin C in citrus fruits, kiwis and spinach; the vitamin enhances collagen production
  • Lycopene in tomato sauce and pink grapefruit helps protect against sun damage

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