Looking older? Stop these things right now, say experts

Who hasn’t aged this year, after all the stress? Now that the country is reopening, there are ways to regain your youthful vigor no matter you age, and prolong your life in the process. We spoke to the best doctors in the country about what you can do to avoid looking and feeling old. Read on for their essential 6 takeaways – and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss this one Certain Signs You May Have Already Had COVID.

Man pours a packet of added sugar into a drink

Man pours a packet of added sugar into a drink

“Excess sugars in our bloodstream mainly attach themselves to proteins that produce free radicals [AGE] cause damage, including shortening our telomeres, making our cells more resistant to repair and deformation of the dermal vasculature,” says Ava Shamban, MD, a board-certified dermatologist based in Los Angeles and the founder of Ava MD Dermatology, SkinFive Medical spas and The box by Dr. ava. In other words, they make you look older. “They break down our collagen fibers and slow down the process of collagen building. Both leave their marks and contribute to advanced signs of aging.”

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Woman covering her face to block the sunlight.

“UV rays from the sun cause free radical damage, photoaging, erratic melanin production, hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation, dry flaky patches, enlarged pores, actinic keratosis, and various types of lines and wrinkles,” says Dr. shamban.

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stressed woman

Say the authors of an oft-quoted study: Stress ages you. There is “evidence that psychological stress – both perceived stress and chronicity of stress – is significantly associated with higher oxidative stress, lower telomerase activity and shorter telomere length, which are known determinants of cell aging and longevity, in peripheral blood mononuclear cells of healthy premenopausal Women with the highest levels of perceived stress have telomeres that are, on average, the equivalent of at least an additional decade of aging compared to women with low stress.”

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Men cheering with glasses of whiskey soda alcohol cocktail drink

Alcohol has a number of direct effects on the body, none of them too beautiful. It dries out the skin and causes inflammation, which can cause flushing, swelling and broken capillaries, making you look older than you are. In a Multinational Study 2019 of more than 3,200 women, those who drank more than eight drinks a week had more “upper facial lines, bags under the eyes, oral commissures, loss of volume in the center of the face and blood vessels” than women who drank moderately or abstained.

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Woman drinking water from glass.

Not drinking enough water can lead to dehydration, which can manifest on your face in the form of dryness, crow’s feet, fine lines and dark circles. How much is enough? According to the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, an adequate daily fluid intake is about 15.5 cups per day for men and about 11.5 cups for women. (That includes fluids from water, beverages, and food.) About 20% of our daily fluid intake comes from food, the rest comes from beverages.

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woman smiling while sleeping

During sleep, various body systems — ranging from the brain to the skin — undergo renewal and repair. Getting less than you need can show up on your face. According to an investigation published in Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, women who got a good night’s sleep experienced 30% better skin barrier repair than women who slept poorly, and had “significantly less intrinsic skin aging.” Get 7-9 hours of sleep a night, and to get through this pandemic as healthy as possible, don’t miss this one 35 places you are most likely to get COVID.