If you think smoking is cool, well, you may be right, but it’s certainly not pretty. Smoking causes wrinkles not just on your face, but on other areas of the body too. The impact of smoking, according to LiveStrong.com, starts from the moment one draws in the smoke with the mouth. The pursing of the lips results in wrinkles around the mouth. Other effects of smoking on the skin include poor blood circulation, causing the skin to receive little oxygen and other nutrients, and damage of collagen and elastins. These effects are dire to keep your skin wrinkle-free.
Do a Victoria Beckham
If you are one who frown frequently or are animated in your facial expressions, you may want to tone down a notch. Although they don’t show immediate effects, these facial movements will eventually form permanent lines on your face, whether you like it or not. Former posh spice Victoria Beckham takes this advice very seriously. Her perpetual stony facial expression tells it all.
The old advice from parents to drink at least eight glasses of water a day comes in handy here. Our body, after all, is made from 70% of fluids. So how does that relate to having a wrinkle-free face? The skin retains the water one consumes to function as a signal to show how hydrated one is by looking at the visible skin layer. Signs of aging reduce when there is sufficient water in your body. Thus, resulting in supple and wrinkle-free skin.
Plumper people have fewer wrinkles than their skinnier counterparts. According to an article, Do Skinny People Get More Wrinkles?, from Discovery Health, heavier women may have fewer wrinkles because they have more fat padding (subcutaneous fat) beneath the skin. They also have more collagen than skinnier women. The article also mentioned the co-relation between lower BMI, especially over the age of 40, and a reduction in the volume of soft tissue under one’s skin. Wrinkles become more deeply etched as one loses the soft tissue. Nonetheless, this should not give one a reason to binge. Conversely, for strict dieters, this makes the occasional cheeseburger a lot less sinful, isn’t it?
Take It Easy
Most people are familiar with the saying, “Stress makes one age faster”. However, is there any scientific validation or is it just a hearsay? According to MedicineNet.com, a significant study was conducted in 2004 to show the first link between chronic stress and aging. This study found out that telomeres; structures at the ends of chromosomes that shorten with aging, too shorten prematurely in individuals experiencing prolonged psychological stress. This causes one’s cells to age prematurely. Are you convinced now?