Did you know that there are three lifestyle choices that have been scientifically proven to have a greater impact on visible signs of aging than your genetics? Wrinkles, dark spots, and sagging skin were once thought to be solely under the control of our genes. It turns out that our DNA takes a back seat to the three “S Resolutions”.
In the year 1999, Dr. Derrick Antell came out with a ground breaking study on how environment and lifestyle choices influence the aging process. Using identical twins, he discovered that those showing the greatest discrepancies in visible aging signs also had the greatest degree of discordance between personal lifestyle choices and habits. The past seventeen years of research has supported his findings. So, what are these S Resolutions, you ask?
Excessive sun exposure is the number one cause of worsening one’s visible signs of aging. It has been shown to destroy elastin and collagen in the skin, giving the appearance of wrinkles and sagging. It also causes melanin to mutate, resulting in dark spots and uneven pigmentation. One study even went so far as to say that sun exposure was responsible for 80% of the visible signs of aging. Making a choice to avoid excessive exposure, and use daily sunscreen, can take years off of your appearance.
Smoking 20 cigarettes a day has been scientifically proven to make you look 10 years older than you really are. Some studies have even found it to be an even more important factor in worsening the visible signs of aging than sun exposure. Smoking reduces the blood supply to the skin and prevents it from getting the proper nutrients. Making a choice to give up smoking cigarettes can take, on average, 5-7 years off of you. If you ever needed a reason to quit, you know besides cancer, this would definitely be one of them. So, do your skin a favor this New Years and give up the habit.
Like smoking, stress reduces the blood supply to the skin causing you to look older. Not only can stress make you look older, it can also make you physically age faster. Making a choice to reduce your stress levels will make you look younger, and be biologically younger.
The Take Away
Science tells us that you really can take ten years off of yourself by adopting the three S Resolutions: limiting your sun exposure, not smoking cigarettes, and reducing your stress. Happy New Years from all of us here at Kaiya Naturals. We hope that 2017 is your best year yet.
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