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Even if you have the famous “youth gene”, fine lines, crow’s feet, wrinkles and sagging are inevitable signs of getting older. How quickly it skin ages does depend, in part, on genetics. 1 But did you know your DNA is only responsible for about 10% of aging? 2 That’s good news because it means the severity of these unwelcome changes on your complexion—and how early they appear—are determined by lifestyle choices.

Below we’ll discuss these lifestyle choices that are most damaging to your skin. Some are obvious and are probably things you’ve long outgrown by now. But, it’s always good to be reminded, plus you can share this with friends and family that are still making these choices.

Living it Up Too Much

More specifically, if you’re drinking excessive alcohol and smoking cigarettes, you’re on the fast track to aging. Alcohol dehydrates your skin—and dryness forms wrinkles. 3 Cigarettes, specifically, are even more harmful to skin. A single puff releases around 40,000 free radicals into your system. Free radicals cause zap the skin’s supply of collagen and cause major signs of aging, such as sagging and wrinkles. It’s also known to deplete vitamin C, which is essential for bright and uplifted skin. 4

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Playing In the Sun Too Much

Love to hike or garden? That’s great. And being active outdoors is great for your health, but make sure you’re protected from the sun’s UV rays. UV exposure is responsible for a major cause of visible aging. 5 This doesn’t mean you have to stay holed up in your home though. Just make sure you apply broad-spectrum sunscreen everyday, rain or shine, even when you’re just driving somewhere. If you’re going to be outside for a long period, especially during peak sun hours, wear a cap and sunglasses and reapply sunscreen every two hours or so.

Depriving Yourself of ZZZs

Ever wake up from a cat nap to find your skin looks more radiant and plump? “Beauty sleep” is real. In fact, your skin is hardest at work while you rest when it starts regenerating cells. 6 Make sure you get enough nightly rest before (and after!) a full day’s worth of fighting daytime assaults, such as UV rays and pollution.

Exposing Yourself to Extreme Weather

It’s not news that your skin reacts to changes in temperature, humidity and other weather conditions, like harsh winds. What many don’t realize is exactly how reactive skin is. When your body temperature increases, the amount of water loss also increases. Colder temperature “stiffens” skin—since proteins (like collagen) and lipids require a specific temperature to conform. 7 The best bet against abrupt climate changes is to adapt your skincare routine to the new environment. If you’re going to be in wintery weather, use more emollient and richer creams, like Deep Stem Cell, to lock in moisture. And then apply an advanced firming solution, such as Lift + Firm, to give your complexion a tighter, more lifted appearance.

Being a Professional Worrywart

Worrying about being late to a big event is one thing, but chronic stress may wreak havoc on skin. Constant strain can influence how your hormones are regulated, which negatively impacts the immune system. This harms cells and tissues, which causes skin to appear lackluster, pores to look larger and wrinkles to develop. 8 Stress is so damaging to the skin that it’s symptomatic of more serious skin conditions such as psoriasis, acne and atopic dermatitis (eczema). 9

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Even if you can’t gain a pound, no matter how much you eat—what you eat plays a key role in how good your skin looks. You see, when you eat too much junk food filled with artificial sugars and carbohydrates, your body doesn’t get its fill of necessary nutrients to function well. Antioxidants, both through diet and skincare, play a critical role in delaying the signs of aging. These heroes combat free radical damage, which means the electrons in your healthy molecules are being “stolen” (antioxidants restore these molecules’ electrons). These anti-aging heroes, such as Vitamin C, are star ingredients in our Repair + Reverse serum.

Processed food hardly ever contains nutrients, particularly antioxidants. Ditch the bad stuff and eat fresh fruits, vegetables, and nuts to strengthen your skin. 10

No matter how well grandmother or mother aged, you can’t rely solely on good genes for luminous skin. Avoid these harmful lifestyle choices aka ‘fast track to premature aging’ and you’ll look gorgeous and glowing at any age!

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About the Author

Dr. John Layke

Dr. John Layke grew up in Milwaukee, WI, where he knew from a young age that he wanted to practice medicine. After completing his undergraduate degree at Marquette University, Dr. Layke went on to attend medical school at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and trained in general surgery at the University of Illinois Metropolitan Group Hospitals in Chicago.