How we look at a particular age is largely dependent on genetics. But this is not the only factor: we ourselves can significantly affect the aging process.

We collected some seemingly innocuous habits that steal our youth.

A Ponytail Is Your Favorite Hairstyle

8 Useful Habits That Can Harm Your Appearance
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When you pull your hair hard from the roots, it can cause receding hairline and future baldness. To save your hair, it is best to replace the ponytails with looser styles.

You Drink Too Much Milk

8 Useful Habits That Can Harm Your Appearance
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Of course, no one says you should reject milk entirely. However, it is still useful to know the unpleasant consequences of excessive milk consumption.

Milk contains androgens that make the sebaceous glands work more actively. As a result, it produces more sebum, which clogs pores and makes skin oily and tired.

You Apply Sunscreen Only To Your Face

Many women have become used to applying sunscreen year-round, but they forget their hands. Meanwhile, the hands are the most sensitive to aging and fat loss, which makes the veins more visible.

In addition, ultraviolet rays cover the skin of the hands with age spots and wrinkles. Be sure to put sunscreen on your hands, especially if you are driving.

And remember to wear it in summer, especially around the neck and chest.

You Like Sitting With Your Legs Crossed

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Varicose veins in the legs are the direct result of blood vessel compression and circulatory disorders. By the way, the “cross-legged” pose is fraught with the stagnation of blood in the pelvic area, which is particularly harmful to women (and extremely harmful for pregnant women).

It will not be easy to control yourself, but you can buy a comfortable computer chair and get used to putting your feet on support when sitting or on the arm of the sofa when you are lying down at home.

You Bear Grudges

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A study published in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine in 2005 showed that there is a connection between forgiveness and physical health. And if you can’t stop holding a grudge, they can add a few more years to your appearance.

The fact is, the stress hormone (cortisol) builds up in your body during offenses. It promotes weight gain, increases blood pressure and blood sugar levels, and, as a result, increases the risk of diabetes.

You Have A Habit Of Touching Your Face

You don’t notice putting your hand on your cheek, scratching your nose, rubbing your chin. It does double damage: constant stretching of the skin leads to early wrinkles, and if you do it with dirty hands you can get an infection and break out in acne.

The only thing that can help you get rid of this habit is self-control.

You Use Styling Tools On The Highest Temperature

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When your hair is exposed to high temperatures (be it a hairdryer, flat iron, or flat iron), you create tiny bubbles inside the hair shaft. These blisters make your hair dry and brittle.

To avoid this, keep the dryer at a distance of 15 cm from the hair, be sure to use thermal protectors, and set the temperature to medium.

You Adore Fresh Juice

8 Useful Habits That Can Harm Your Appearance
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Fresh fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants that fight free radicals. But juices contain a lot of fructose – sugar molecules travel through the bloodstream to every cell in the body and bind to fats and proteins.

When sugar binds to collagen (which gives skin elasticity), it starts a glycation process that leads to the formation of wrinkles.

Instead, fall in love with fresh cabbage juice! Green vegetables contain the highest amount of antioxidants and zinc, which prevents wrinkles.

Based on materials from msnpreventionoprah