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Late-night binges, that icky cigarette habit we picked up in college, not to mention the air pollution we meet every day while commuting to work can truly take their toll on our faces.

Thankfully, not all is lost. There are things we can do to stop accelerated aging. Check them out below:

1. Wear sunscreen. You can’t imagine the havoc that ultraviolet rays can cause. Take wearing sunscreen to another level: re-apply every two to three hours, especially during summer season. Your skin will thank you for it.

2. Keep moving. “Aside from getting rid of toxins, exercise releases endorphins, which is an anti-inflammatory hormone,” writes Dr. Kaycee Reyes on Manila Bulletin on Tuesday. Endorphins are necessary has it decreases cortisol, the stress hormone, which also disrupts tissue repair and affect collagen production.

3. Sleep better. Sleep can add more endorphins to your body. It’s also our body’s rest period, the time when it actually repairs itself.

4. Give up sugar. And other high-glycemic food stuff like fried food and carbs. Why? Because these can raise blood sugar and trigger inflammation of the skin. What’s more, excessive consumption of these things convert sugar into fat—we don’t like.

5. Eat Mediterranean. Rich in whole grains, fruits, nuts, vegetables, the Mediterranean diet is low-glycemic which means it can control sugar levels. It also helps avoid the incidence of certain diseases like diabetes, stroke, depression, and cancer.

6. Take your vitamins. Vitamin C, B-complex, and Vitamin E can aid in lessening inflammation—which in the long run can cause wrinkles, sagging and dull skin, and enlarged pores.

7. Change your skin care regimen. Apart from, you know, adding re-application of sunscreen every two to three hours (see number 1), you may also want to change your makeup brands to those that have, say Vitamin C and E, those that don’t contain parabens, products with alpha lipoic acid and tea tree oil.

[h/t Manila Bulletin]


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