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Thursday, 26 May 2016 12:20

4 Bad Habits That Cause Your Skin To Age Faster

Written by  Cheryl Mah
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Keeping to a proper skincare regimen and taking care of your skin the right way helps to ensure you do not age faster than necessary. In the long run, you’ll save a lot more money just maintaining your good skin rather than having to spend it on endless beauty treatments and splashing out on anti-ageing products in your quest to reverse the age of your skin.

While many of us put in some amount of effort to care for our skin, just as many of us make skincare mistakes which actually speed up the ageing of our skin! If you have a habit of doing any of the following, you should quit them right now:

1. Spending too much time in air-conditioned places

Trust us, we know how hot it is in Singapore and nobody will blame you if you want to turn on the air conditioner. However, being in an air-conditioned place for too long is not the best for your skin as the dry air dehydrates and irritates your skin. In the long run, your skin barrier gets damaged and makes your skin appear more aged.

If you work in an air-conditioned office the entire day, try to moisturise your skin as often as you can. Alternatively, use a spray mist on your face 4 to 5 times a day. If you sleep in an air-conditioned room at night, you can use an air humidifier to counter dry skin too.

2. Using skincare products that are too rich

It is a common myth that the richer a skincare product is, the better it is for your skin. Every skin condition is different and if the product is too much for your skin to handle, you might end up clogging your pores and triggering breakouts and inflammation. If you’re not sure whether a skincare product is suitable for your skin, it is best to check with a dermatologist before you purchase it.

3. Going on and off a low-fat diet regularly

Yo-yo dieting is when you often go on a crash diet after a round of binge-eating and then coming off it just as quickly. Doing this is not only unhealthy for your body, but also damaging to your overall cell structure. A weakened cell structure leads to loose and saggy skin, thus causing premature ageing.

4. Sleeping too late at night

Going to bed late at night (or should we say the wee hours of the morning) and waking up late in the day does not mean you are well-rested. During the day, your skin is actively fighting off and protecting your skin from damaging environmental molecules while at night, it switches to repair and regeneration mode. Going to bed earlier in the night gives it enough time to repair and regenerate your skin cells while you are sleeping. Lack of sleep not only accelerates the ageing process, but also contributes to dark circles and eye-bags due to poor blood circulation.

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