New Delhi: Remember the times when you were a kid and couldn’t wait to grow up? And remember the more recent times when you have thought to yourself why did you really want to grow up, in the first place? “The grass is always greener on the other side” holds true even in the case of age because as children we think we will have the freedom to do anything we want and hence can’t wait to grow up, but as grown ups we are swarmed with work, bills, rent, career problems and personal life issues. All of this can take a toll on our body’s appearance and internal health. Our skin may break out due to stress, we might get grey hair, or just have perpetual dark circles due to lack of sleep.

Stress can also cause us to take to habits like smoking and drinking, which may end up being extremely harmful to our body. Smoking causes cancer – and it is a fact that even little kids know but a recent study has found that smoking can also affect signs of ageingREAD – Winter seasonal skincare for healthy skin – Get smooth and supple skin by these easy ways this winter

According to new research, smoking can increase the rate of ageing in young people by almost or more than two decades. Apart from having adverse effects on pregnant women, the fetus, and kids who inhale second-hand smoke, smoking may now also be held responsible for the fine lines and wrinkles on your face. Here is how you can avoid skin ageing.


Sunscreens are important to keep your skin safe from the harmful UV rays of the sun. Sunscreens keep your skin cells from getting damaged. A sunscreen with SPF 30 or above is recommended by dermatologists. Including food items like tomatoes can also help in keeping your skin protected. Some dermatologists believe that tomatoes can act as internal sun protectors.

Stop smoking

Not only was this already recommended by the American Academy of Dermatology, but it has now also been proven by a study that smoking can cause skin ageing. Smoking can cause wrinkles and also make your skin dull and drowsy. READ – Uneven skin tone? 6 smart ways to get rid of it

Healthy diet

One cannot insist more on the importance of a good diet for healthy skin. If you eat oily, junk food, you will see signs of ageing appearing on your skin way faster than if you do not. “You are what you eat” holds true even when it comes to ageing. Eating fresh, high nutrient food can really help keep your skin healthy and glowing for longer.

Skin care

Proper skin care is obviously very important to keep your skin healthy in the short and the long term. This includes cleaning your skin gently, using the right temperature of water to wash your face, moisturizing it everyday, removing makeup before going to sleep and just treating your skin right. Do not use products you know are harmful for your skin just because they make you look good. Avoid any products that may causing itching or burning.

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