Tuesday, 25 September 2012
Just as there are habits that improve your appearance, there are bad ruts you can fall into in terms of diet, exercise and grooming that can ruin your appearance, even if you started out genetically blessed in the looks department.
To find out if you’re guilty of committing one or more of these sinful habits and to find out how you can change both your ways and your looks for the better, read on.
As a result of the 4,000-plus chemicals cigarettes contain, 51 of which are known carcinogens, you're literally killing yourself every time you take a drag. When you smoke, free radicals form in your body and these destructive molecules damage your DNA, leading to pale skin with lots of deep lines. Of course, you already knew all that. What you may not know is that you can quit.
Begin by weighing the pros and cons of smoking, being truthful about what you enjoy about it. Then try to figure out ways you could get the same benefits without smoking. As well, learn from any past attempts you've made at quitting by examining what you found useful and what you didn't. It's a hard process and you have to find what works for you, but if you persist, even if you relapse, you will eventually succeed.
2) Suntanning without sunscreen
The majority of skin damage associated with aging occurs via overexposure to the sun. This fact means that skipping out on sunscreen followed by spending significant time outdoors will put you on the fast-track to leathery, wrinkled skin or worse, melanoma.
To protect your skin and slow the formation of future wrinkles, avoid the sun when it's at its hottest around midday. Also, slather on sunscreen every morning in the summer and reapply often if you know you'll be outside for a prolonged period.