Four Reasons Your Skin Looks Older Than You

Alright Ladies and Gents, LET'S GET REAL!! Do you look in the mirror and wonder who it is looking back at you? Is your skin starting to age faster than you think it should? This is a common problem that many women and men face, and you’ll be pleased to know that there are a number of things you can do to slow the process down, and in some cases, have your skin looking younger and more radiant once again.

Sound good? Here are some common reasons your skin may look older than you and what to do about it:

You Smoke

Perhaps, the biggest cause of premature aging of the skin, especially in women who were young when it was more acceptable, is smoking.

Smoking reduces the amount of collagen your body makes, which causes your skin to wrinkle and sag prematurely. Luckily, all you have to do to stop your skin aging any further is give up the habit! I know this is difficult, but there are health professionals who can assist you in your efforts to quit, and even switching from cigarettes to vaping - read more at Minty Vapes – will give your skin a boost and stop any more excessive wrinkles from forming.

You’re Always Stressed

Few people think to link stress with bad skin, but it is probably one of the most common causes of old skin. You see, when we are stressed, the body uses more nutrients, including Vitamin C to produce stress-fighting hormones like adrenaline and cortisol, so that you are able to relax a little. This is good news for your stressed out self, but no so good news for your skin, which needs those nutrients to products collagen and stay youthful.

You can combat the effects of stress on the skin by taking a B complex and Vitamin C supplements daily, but of course, the best way to deal with stress is by eliminating it completely. Take up yoga, go hiking, meditate or shave down your schedule and you’ll look and feel much better in no time at all.

Your Hormones are Out of Control

If you’ve noticed that your skin looks older than it really should for your age, and you’ve also noticed that you’re experiencing more mood swings than usual, it might be that your hormones are out of whack and the changes that your body is going through as a result are causing your elastin and collagen to break down.

To counteract this, you might want to visit your doctor and have your levels checked out, and you can read more about hormones and skin at Your Beauty. This is something your should do especially if you’re suffering from PMS or if you’re going through the menopause, but you could also see if cutting down on sugar and carbs helps to rectify the problem.

You’re Drinking Too Much

If you’ve started drinking more recently, you might have noticed your skin looking a lot duller than usual. That’s because, not only does alcohol dehydrate you, but it can also wipe out your stores of magnesium and B vitamins, which are important for maintaining good skin.

Lucky for you, you can get your youthful appearance back by cutting down on the booze, drinking more water, and if you are hitting the bars, taking magnesium and B complex supplements.


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My Top 7 Skin Care Beauty Must Haves!

HAPPY WEDNESDAY (and Happy Bday to me :-) ),,,

I've updated my beauty routine a bit and added some new products that I've been trying out for the past few months now that I wanted to share with you all especially if you are in the market for something new.....

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  • Herbalife SKIN Soothing Aloe Cleanser. I LOVE this cleanser because it's very moisturizing on my normal - dry skin. It gently cleans any dirt, excess make up and environmental impurities from my skin w/o being too harsh. It contains aloe vera (good for softening & moisturizing), Rosemary,  Vitamins B3, C and E to promote healthy skin and it's Paraben and Sulfate free. I must also mention that I did have a few dark spots on my face and they cleared up in a week from using this product...... 5 STARS*****
  • Rimmel London Eye Makeup RemoverI'm loving this product at the moment because it actually removes my mascara (which is my problem area) and doesn't take off a lash or two! It also leaves my skin moisturized, not dry and it's very affordable!
  • SkinCeuticals Sports UV Defense "SPF 45". Are you using sunscreen on a daily basis??? Me either... BUT don't let me be a bad influence on your skin because using a sunscreen high in SPF is a MUST (Cheryl... listen)! With global warming on steroids right now, you have to protect of your skin. I love this sunscreen because it is water and sweat proof and contains transparent zinc oxide which protects against UVA rays (proven to cause premature signs of aging).
  • Lumene Vitamin C Day Cream. Y'all know I love me some lumene! I actually came to know about this product from my line sister during my college days at Howard and I have been hooked ever since. It contains active ingredients from the arctic region like cloudberry, an age-defying seed oil rich in omega acids that protects and strengthens the skin). I love how this moisturizer gives my skin that dewy glow and keeps me hydrated all day.
  • Tu'el Eye Corrector Firm & Lighten Gel. 1 of the 2 new products that I have been testing out lately and am loving and with this product, a little definitely goes a LONG way! This product contains ingredients like blackberry and licorice which helps to lighten dark circles and increase micro-circulation.  Antioxidants- ginkgo biloba, wild thyme and vitamin E firm and tone to help reduce signs of aging. This gel is very absorbent and leaves my under eye area with healthy glow (not kidding).
  • Tu'el Eye Revive Firming Cream. The 2nd installment of my newest additions. I typically use this cream at night because it is more rich in texture. It contains ingredients like tripeptide 37, which helps rejuvenate appearance of the eye area and ups the production of your skin's collagen. Antoxidants bamboo silica, lycii berry, carrot seed and pomegranate help to brighten, tone, renew and protect skin from this cray cray weather and free radicals. Last but not least, it contains one of my favorite ingredients.... argan oil which helps to condition, nourish and strengthen fatigued skin.
  • Herbalife SKIN Hydrating Eye Cream. I alternate between this product and the Tu'el Eye Revive cream (I like to keep my skin on it's toes, so it doesn't become too product dependent). This eye cream helps to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and keeps my skin moisturized for up to eight hours while I am resting at night. Some of the ingredients are vitamin B3, vitamins C & E, soothing aloe vera, macadamia nut oil, cucumber extract and peptide all of which help you to see results in just seven days!

HAVE YOU TRIED ANY OF THESE PRODUCTS? IF SO, COMMENT BELOW WITH YOUR PROS AND CONS.