Black Can Crack: 5 Ways We Prematurely Age Our Skin

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It’s ironic how things are– younger people often want to look older, while older people want to look younger. Though most of us are fully aware that aging is a natural process, we often try to intervene and manipulate the pace to suit our preferences. This is especially true when it comes to anti-aging efforts. Hence the number of 20-somethings who concern themselves with wrinkles and wrinkle prevention.

A second irony is that people put a substantial amount of time, energy and money into maintaining a youthful appearance. They place deep emotional investments in the results. Yet, they live lifestyles that promote premature aging. Here are five examples.


UV rays are one of the leading causes of premature aging. According to the EPA, 90 percent of the visible changes associated with aging comes from the sun. Known as photo-aging, this is one issue that African-Americans do not take seriously enough. The sun’s effects are not as drastic on our skin as on that of Caucasians and realizing this results in a false sense of security and in reckless habits. Make no mistake, sun exposure does have negative effects on us if we don’t take the proper precautions, especially long-term.

Taking the proper precautions means…