We all know alcohol, smoking, and excessive sun exposure accelerates our aging, but there are some not so commonly known age accelerators lurking out there – and you may be exposing yourself to them on a daily basis!
Trans fats are a very particular type of fat that add a hydrogen molecule through a specific manufacturing process. When you see the word ‘hydrogenated’ on a label, that’s the result of this production process. This is dangerous because hydrogenated oils raise your “bad” cholesterol while lowering good cholesterol, and causes a variety of cardiovascular problems.
Although people have caught on and they’re being removed from some commercial recipes (at a snail’s pace), you still need to watch out for them. Check the labels on everything you have. Even if it doesn’t say it contains any trans fat, throw it out if it has hydrogenated oil in the ingredients.
Most chemicals are bad for you. Sodium hypochlorite, which is what bleach has in it, is no different. Avoid this and stick with non-toxic cleansers such as baking soda, white vinegar, or alcohol- and peroxide-based products.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, certain sleep positions cause “sleep lines”, which appear temporarily upon waking up and usually go away during the day, but over an extended period (we spend 1/3 of our life sleeping, which is 20 yrs at age 60) those become permanent wrinkles etched into the surface of the skin.
Side sleepers will wind up with lines on the cheeks, chin, and around the eyes. Sleeping face-down will give a furrowed brow, as well as wrinkles around the eyes. The AAD advices sleeping on your back to avoid these wrinkles.
Of course, that’s easier said than done. Most people are side sleepers. If you’re used to sleeping on your side and find it hard to sleep on your back, don’t fret. There are a few things you can do to encourage yourself to sleep on your back. Try sleeping with a U- shaped pillow (the type used for air travel). Or, use a Beauty Pillow. Many of the traditional Beauty Pillows on the market are U-shaped.
If you still find yourself waking up on your side, make sure to get a silk pillowcase to minimize skin damage. Using a silk rather than cotton pillow is beneficial because cotton does not slip, meaning it tugs on your delicate skin through the night. Silk is, well, silky, and your skin glides across the smooth surface with no pulling. Another benefit of silk is it prevents hair damage and breakage while sleeping, so you don’t wake up with “bed head”.
Toxins in Beauty Products
Did you know that anything you put on your skin is absorbed through your pores and goes into your bloodstream? I once heard a piece of advice that you should never put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t be willing to eat/drink. Think about the diseases we see all around us today. Cancer, hormone imbalances, heart disease, depression, memory problems, birth defects, ADD and obesity. There are so many chemicals found in our skin and personal care products, such as DEA (Diethanolamine), MEA (Monoethanolamine), TEA (Triethanolamine), Dioxin, Propylene Glycol, Parabens, and others. These are the absolute worst; they are carcinogenic age accelerators, that can be linked to the diseases I previously mentioned.
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