15 Everyday Habits That Are Wrecking Your Skin

You consume alcohol


One of the ways you might be making yourself dehydrated is imbibing frequently. This can wreak havoc on your skin, which craves moisture. “Alcohol dehydrates your skin by acting as a diuretic and by impacting a hormone called vasopressin, which tells your kidneys to reabsorb some of the water that’s about to leave your body,” Dr. Bowe says. “Alcohol hinders the production of vasopressin, so it doesn’t allow your body to reabsorb that needed water, and your skin looks tired and sallow, with more pronounced fine lines, wrinkles, and pores.”

You avoid veggies


If you’re not loading your plate with antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, your skin is missing out. “Numerous studies have demonstrated that antioxidants can slow down or even reverse signs of aging, including fine lines, wrinkles, and brown spots, by protecting the skin from the ravages of sunburn, inflammation, and DNA damage,” Dr. Bowe says. “Antioxidants help squelch and neutralize free radicals to stop them from damaging your skin.” They can also calm inflammatory responses that fuel skin conditions like acne, eczema, rosacea, and psoriasis. Which antioxidant fruits and vegetables should you be eating? Dr. Bowe advises anything brightly colored, like tomatoes, berries, carrots, and sweet potatoes. She also advises using antioxidant skin-care products, or a supplement like Heliocare. Find out more of the top antioxidant fruits and veggies to add to your grocery list today.

You smoke


Smoking is basically the opposite of consuming antioxidants—the toxins increase the production of free radicals while attacking the body’s ability to fight them. “When you are exposed to a lot of free radicals, it means you are suffering from oxidative stress, and too much oxidative stress can lead to premature aging,” Dr. Bowe says. “Smokers’ bodies’ antioxidant potential is severely weakened and, frankly, overpowered by the volume of oxidation.” Environmental stressors will take their toll on everyone’s skin, but smoking speeds up this process, according to research. These are the mind-blowing ways your body heals after you quit smoking.

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