Why You Look Older Than You Really Are

If anyone has ever guessed your age and got it wrong, then you know how embarrassing it can be. Chances are you end up being older than you really are. Moreover, you might be fighting every desire to strike back at the other person for saying it aloud. This is particularly true since it’s uncomfortable to correct them.

Yet have you stopped to ask why you look older? You might be surprised to find out your habits are adding years to your age. No doubt, telomere length testing results will also show the same habits are shaving off years from your lifespan.

You Sleep Late A lot

Regardless of age, you still need a good night’s sleep to function well. Preferably, 7 to 8 hours. Your body will thank you for it. Chronic lack of sleep can raise high blood pressure at the same time makes you susceptible to diabetes. Moreover, the effects are evident on your face owing to darker eye bags. As a result, you look older than you really are.

You Eat Too many Sweets

Wrinkled, dull-looking skin can be the product of a diet packed with sugar. The effects tend to appear when you turn 35 and can get worse if you don’t correct your diet choices.  Admittedly, this can be a tall order for anyone. Even so, you can see some improvement if you keep your sugar intake to only 10% of your total caloric intake.

You Hold on to Grudges

Resentment, dislike, bitterness can eat at you up inside. You end up thinking more about the other person who you hate. If you do then you’re not doing yourself any favors. These emotions can shorten your life and curb your productive. Worse, it contributes to the increase of wrinkles around your forehead as you unknowingly frown when you are thinking about it too much.

Letting go helps you physically and mentally. You’ll experience lower blood pressure. In addition, you’ll feel less stressed, less anxious, and less depressed when you forgive and move on.

You Stress Over Everything

Signs of stress quickly appear on your face. As a result, you look older than you are. Your skin looks dry and flaky possibly because you’re dehydrated from lack of water. Acne also tends to flare up when you’re tense owing to the increase of cortisol. Graying hair also becomes more evident when you’re anxious. It gets worse as you notice thinning as well.

It can also lead to a spike in your blood pressure. At the same time, repressing your immunity. Prolonged stress can also slow down your body’s natural healing process and lead to hardened arteries. Moreover, your ability to learn, remember, and mood in general diminishes. Hence, you end up looking and feeling older than you are. You can easily avoid this by learning how to manage your stress effectively. It can be as simple as taking as little as two minutes twice a day to carry out deep breathing exercises.

Remember the power to look and feel younger is in your hands. Take action today and you’ll get the compliments you rightfully deserve in no time.

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