10 Daily Habits That Make Women Look Much Older Than They Actually Are

by Ileana Paules-Bronet
Ileana is the Senior Editor of Branded Content at Wild Sky Media. She grew up in upstate New York and Oregon and now lives in Queens, NY. Ileana graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in sociology. After graduating, she attended the Columbia Publishing Course in New York City, then worked as in marketing at Oxford University Press. Since transitioning to editorial, she has written for BuzzFeed, HuffPost, and Woman's World. She has also worked for local newspapers and magazines in upstate New York. In her free time, you can find Ileana watching Law & Order: SVU, eating ice cream, and spending time with her dog.

As soon as we reach our mid-20s, many women start wishing we could stop aging.

Our skin starts getting fine lines and wrinkles sometimes as soon as our early 20s.

Then, they can become much more obvious during our 30s and 40s.

As we continue getting older, our skin starts to get a bit looser and may begin to sag.

Many women turn to creams and lotions to try to “fix” their appearance, while others just embrace it.

Unfortunately, Hollywood likes to show us women who are in their 50s and 60s who look like they haven’t aged in decades. Of course, they have personal trainers and makeup artists, as well as better access to plastic surgery if they decide it’s right for them.

If you want to take an all-natural route to keep yourself looking young and healthy, try changing some of your daily habits.

Find out more about which daily habits you should avoid in order to not look older!

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#1: Over-Exfoliating

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Exfoliating is a good thing to do from time to time, as it prevents dead skin cells from building up, but if you do it too often, it can be detrimental to your skin.

If you exfoliate with particularly harsh products or scrub really hard, you can expose new skin cells to the elements, which can make your skin look more aged and fragile.

#2: Forgetting To Wear Sunscreen Every Day

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It’s absolutely essential for people to wear sunscreen every single day, especially if you’re going to be spending any time outside.

If you don’t wear sunscreen year-round, you run the risk of getting sun damage and skin cancer. Not only can you get scary melanomas from the sun, it can also make your skin look tough and leathery.

#3: Not Eating Nutrient-Rich Foods

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Throughout life, our skin is exposed to a lot of things: sun, wind, water, and more.

While our skin is prepared to deal with the elements, it can protect itself from damage even better if you consume nutrients found in fruits and vegetables.

#4: Wearing Old Bras

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Bras, like other clothes, get stretched out. Despite the fact that most of us know this, we continue wearing our bras even when they’re well past their prime.

Wearing old, saggy bras can actually make you look older, because they’re not doing your breasts justice.

Plus, your breasts change shape as you get older, so you may not be the same size as you were the last time you bought a bra — that’s why you should always get measured! Find out if you’re wearing the wrong bra size here.

#5: Not Getting Enough Sleep

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We all know that not getting enough sleep can make our eyes puffy and give us dark circles, but it can also have more long-term effects on our skin.

Sleep is the time when your skin gets to repair itself, so if you don’t get enough shut eye, your skin suffers as well.

#6: Wearing Baggy Clothes

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Many women believe that wearing baggy clothes can cover up their insecurities and make them look more attractive, but that’s not actually the case.

Wearing clothes that are too big can make you look larger and older than you are.

Avoid this problem by wearing clothes that actually fit and conform to your shape, no matter what size you are. This will help you look thinner, healthier, and younger.

#7: Not Drinking Enough Water

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Drinking water has tons of benefits, including making you more energetic and helping you lose weight, but it can also have a huge impact on your skin.

Many of us apply lotion to hydrate our skin, but staying hydrated from the inside is the best way to have youthful, glowing skin.

#8: Eating Too Much Sugar

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Most of us know that eating too much sugar can cause us to gain weight, but it can really affect your appearance as well.

Consuming too much sugar can lead to inflammation and acne, which can make your skin look more aged.

#9: Drinking Dark, Sugary Drinks

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Sodas and sweetened coffees can stain your teeth and make them look yellow in addition to often being really high in sugar.

Dull, discolored teeth can actually make you look significantly older than you are.

#10: Smoking Cigarettes

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Almost everyone knows that smoking cigarettes can have a bad effect on your lung health, but it can also greatly impact your skin.

Smoking tobacco can also lead to having looser skin, more wrinkles, bigger eye bags, and jowls.

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