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Ageing like a fine wine

We cannot talk about ageing gracefully without thinking of Jennifer Lopez. At 52, the star make us all wonder what her beauty secrets are but to achieve a younger look is not so hard after all. Take a look at your lifestyle and check the list below for things that you probably didn't know but contribuite to ageing:

Smoking - The harmful chemicals in tobacco breakdown collagen and elastin in our skin, which makes skin saggy. Smoking also reduces blood flow inhibiting nutrients from nourishing the skin cells. Maybe a good reason to quit?

Eating too much sugar - Yup, put down those daily chocolate bars! Studies show that consuming excess amounts of sugar can feed inflammation in the body. Essentially, it's all down to enzymes produced by the process, which work to break down collagen and elastin, zapping your skin of its youthful plumpness. Hot water - Everybody loves a steamy shower but avoid getting those high temperatures close to your face. Hot water strips the body of its essential oil and nutrients, causing early wrinkling and ageing. If you can stay without it, try to gradually lowering the temperature of your showers until your body gets used to cooler water.

Alcohol and coffee - Moderation is key! Coffee and alcohol are diuretics that inhibit the absorption of water, making you thirstier, and your skin dryer. Our skin needs moisture and as we know, dry skin leads to faster skin ageing. Always have a glass of water near by when consuming these beverages, dehydrated skin is more prone to inflammatory conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and seborrheic dermatitis. It also makes wrinkles and fine lines appear more prominent.

Not sleeping enough - Getting 7/10 hours of sleep daily is the first step to optimise your skin. Your cells rejuvenate while you sleep and another important process helpful to your skin is the production of collagen. "The number one tip is to always get enough sleep. I can’t stress this enough. Ideally I would love to get nine or 10 hours of sleep, but either way, I always make sure I get at least eight," Lopez told InStyle.

Always take care of your skin with a good skincare routine and don't forget to always remove your makeup before going to bed. Drink plenty of water and remember that moderation is key to delay mother nature's ageing process!


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