Daniel Oyelami used to be worried anytime someone called him “daddy.” At the time he passed through the ‘ordeal,’ he was 24 and single, so he pondered why anyone would refer to him as a daddy anywhere he went. To him, the word was rather annoying than pleasing as it made him wonder if he was ageing fast.
“I didn’t want to think I was ageing quickly. I believe most people don’t. So when people called me daddy, I was annoyed. If I was really old by age, maybe I wouldn’t have bothered. But being called daddy at stores, while boarding commercial vehicles and other places really bothered me. That was about 10 years ago,” he said.
Willing to find out why he was being called daddy, Oyelami, who is now 34 and married with two kids, said he asked his close friends and family members to tell him about his looks.
He said, “I asked 10 people how I looked, and eight of them bluntly told me I looked old. Six of those who told me this were females, who were the probably the right people to ask that sort of question. Two were males. The two others who couldn’t find anything wrong with my looks were also males.
“Those who told me I looked old said I had wrinkles on my face, dry skin, and sunspots. I had to do something about it, so I consulted a beauty consultant among my female friends, who gave me some tips, as well as some beauty products to make me look younger.”
Since then, Oyelami said he had religious followed healthy skincare routine that had made him at least look his age.
According to a health expert and writer based in the United States, Dr Christopher Iliades, certain lifestyle choices can make people look and feel older than they are.
Also, a health expert and GQ magazine’s Stephen Praetorius, said to a great extent, certain bad habits could make ageing symptoms appear faster and make someone look twice older than they really were.
The experts highlighted some of the habits that could hasten the ageing process. They are discussed below.
Soaking up too much sun
Being exposed to sun rays every day tends to do the most long-term harm, especially to people who forget or neglect to apply any sort of sun protector to their skin, leaving it susceptible to ultraviolet-induced damage and cancer.
In fact, scientists have estimated that 90 per cent of skin ageing by environmental factors is due to the effects of the sun.
“The sun causes proteins in the skin to deteriorate, leading to the loss of youthful appearance over time,” a group of scientists wrote on qsun.co.
They stated that UV radiation could cause the skin stem cells to die off, leading to thinning and wrinkling of the skin. They also said UV radiation could activate enzymes called matrix metalloproteinases, or simply MMPs, which could break down collagen, the main structural protein found in the skin.
On the bright side, scientists said this type of skin ageing could be prevented by either avoiding too much sun exposure or using a broad-spectrum sunscreen.
Also, it is advisable to wear sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat when staying under the sun for a long time.
Praetorius noted that there were studies showing that Vitamin D deficiencies, caused by not getting enough natural light exposure, could also lead to certain types of advanced-stage cancers.
Not getting enough sleep
You may think that as you get older, you don’t need as much sleep, but experts have said you still need seven or eight hours every night for sound health.
“Not getting enough sleep can keep you from functioning well during the day. It can also lead to weight gain, another drag on senior health. If you are going to bed at a reasonable hour yet feel like you’re dragging during the day, talk to your doctor to rule out sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, which is common in seniors,” Iliades wrote on everydayhealth.com.
Constant stress is also a factor that has been associated with fast ageing.
Praetorius said over the years, scientists discovered that stress, and the elevated cortisol levels that went along with it, could be tied to anything from heart disease and hypertension to decline in libido levels, erectile dysfunction, and so much more.
“So it’s not at all surprising that stress can mess with the skin, further decreasing collagen over time,” he said.