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The importance of your skin is easy to overlook. Most of the time, you take for granted just how much it does for you and how little it asks in return. If you get a cut, it heals. If you burn it, it peels. It sweats when you’re hot and becomes bumpy when you’re cold. After all, your skin is the only thing keeping the outside out and the inside in.
Your skin is really quite amazing. You know this is true, but still you treat it so poorly. You use it and abuse it, and then you act surprised when it turns on you. By the time wrinkles, age spots and dark marks appear, the damage is already done. To really care for your skin, you have to avoid hurting it in the first place.
Here are the 10 ways you are ruining your skin.
1. Too Much Stress
Stress harms your skin in many ways. On the exterior, people who are stressed tend to carry a lot of tension in their face. If you are known to frown, scowl, squint or wrinkle your forehead when you are stressed, you are doing a disservice to your skin.
On the interior, stress negatively impacts your body on a cellular level. Your body contains countless skin cells. Each cell contains telomeres that shorten each time a cell divides. If you want to look younger and feel better, you want to have long telomeres. Stress inhibits your body’s ability to divide cells and maintain long telomeres. If new cells cannot replace the old, you are left with less desirable skin.