The anti-aging industry is a multi-billion dollar industry (and growing), proving that the quest for the elusive fountain of youth continues. Millions of people worldwide routinely apply topical anti-aging creams, undergo specialty treatments and try various vitamins and diets in the hopes of finding the cure to aging. According to, as many of us practice habits of staying young and healthy, some of our daily habits are actually speeding the aging clock and making us unhealthy. The following are some of the harmful habits that may be having a negative effect on your skin and health.

Skimping on sleep

It’s normal to suffer from periodic lack of sleep, but routinely getting to bed late and waking up groggy can take its toll on your skin. Sleeping is your body’s time to rest and repair cell damage. People who don’t get a good night’s sleep show signs of premature skin aging, where their skin appears dull and sallow. Chronic lack of sleep has also been linked to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, poor immune function and ultimately, a shorter life expectancy.

Sugar Shock

Too much sugar can cause premature wrinkles and sagging skin. According to, when there is excess sugar in the body, it attaches itself to collagen, causing the skin to look stiff and lose its flexibility. Losing this elasticity will give the skin deep wrinkles and make it look weathered. A diet high in simple sugars — cakes, soda, and candy — causes glucose spikes that causes inflammation, which can also lead to premature aging.

Forgetting your sunglasses

The original purpose of sunglasses (before they became a must-have accessory) was to shield and protect the eyes against the sun. Routinely squinting to avoid the brightness of the sun can cause fine lines and wrinkles to form around your eyes. More importantly, exposing your eyes to UV rays can lead to cataracts, macular degeneration, and skin cancers which can occur inside the eye and on the eyelid.

No down time

Having a demanding schedule and being chronically under stress can have a negative impact on your mind and body health. It’s important to take time regularly to relax your mind and body. Practicing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, guided imagery and yoga can help prevent heart disease, digestive issues, obesity, and a weakened immune system.

Excessive drinking

Studies repeatedly show the benefits red wine has on preventing heart disease and reducing bad cholesterol. While one glass of wine can benefit your health, drinking excessively can harm your liver, raise blood pressure, cause certain cancers and make your skin look dehydrated and tired.

You’ve eliminated all fat from your diet

Eliminating certain fats — saturated and trans fats — from your diet is a wise heart-healthy move. But not all fats are bad. Omega-3 fatty acids, like those found in fish, nuts, and olive oil, are the ultimate anti-aging fat, essential for protecting your cardiovascular health, brain, bones, joints, skin, and more. According to, monounsaturated fat can lower bad LDL cholesterol, raise cardio-protective HDL cholesterol, and decrease your risk of atherosclerosis.