Everyone knows a lucky so-and-so who hates the gym, eats junk food and drinks wine every night, yet somehow maintains an enviably tiny and firm figure.But some experts are warning that, in fact, there really is no such thing as a free lunch — because regardless of what your body looks like, your face will tell the truth about your bad habits.
Culprits: Over-exercising, yo-yo dieting.
Although exercise is crucial for healthy body and skin, too much can leave us with hollow, saggy cheeks.
‘It’s known as the runner’s face but any excessive cardiovascular exercise that raises the heart rate will do it — cyclists have the same look.Initially when you start running, the face goes red as the blood vessels widen to get oxygen flowing round the body.
PUDGY AND SAGGY
Culprits: Alcohol, lack of exercise.
Alcohol ‘stresses the body, causing you to produce the hormone cortisol’. This hormone causes more fat to collect around the face, as well as triggering water retention around the cheeks, leaving a ‘bloated-looking face’.
Culprit: Not wearing sun block.
You can tell what’s caused a wrinkle just by looking at it. Fine, crepey wrinkles occur with age, but coarse, deeper wrinkles tend to be from the sun.
CRACKS AT SIDE OF MOUTH
Culprit: Not eating your greens.
Cracks in the corner of the mouth — angular stomatitis — can be a sign of vitamin B deficiency.Vitamin B has anti-inflammatory properties and too little is linked to redness and cracking. You may also have a thickened tongue. Meanwhile, a vitamin C deficiency can result in sore, cracked lips.Both these vitamins are found in many fruit and vegetables, with vitamin B particularly high in peas and wholegrains and vitamin C high in oranges and peppers.
Culprits: Too much screen time, lack of sleep.
Watery eyes are usually, surprisingly, a tell-tale sign that you actually have dry eyes — this is because the tear glands react by overproducing tears.
Often this is caused by spending too much time at a computer. When you’re concentrating on a screen you’re less likely to blink, and it’s blinking that generates tears and lubricates the eyes.This is why a lack of sleep also contributes to dryness — during sleep your eyes repair themselves and produce tears.If you suffer from dry eyes, make sure you take regular screen breaks, and consciously remember to blink regularly. And drink plenty of water to keep hydrated.