Habits That Make Skin Age Faster

Apart from growing old, skin aging is caused by several factors. These factors include your everyday health and lifestyle decisions.

It is important to know what contributes to skin aging so you can do some preventive measures or an anti-aging skin care program to prevent your skin from aging quickly.

Cigarette smoking

Smoking or just being around a smoker is bad because not only is it bad for your health, it also causes skin damage and speeds up aging. Research shows that cigarette smoke significantly increases the skin’s dryness and wrinkles.

This is partly due to the behavior of smoking, but largely because smoking significantly decreases your body of Vitamin c, a key ingredient for keeping skin moist and plump. Researchers also believe that exposure to cigarette smoke is about as damaging to the skin as ultraviolet rays.

Exposure to the sun

Unprotected skin, when exposed to the sun becomes dry and mottled in appearance. When exposed to the sun, freckles become brown spots; the skin becomes leathery in appearance, plus wrinkles and the sagging increase. Sun exposure also increases the risk of skin cancer.

On a positive note, skin damage due to sun exposure can be avoided. See your dermatologist or health care provider to determine the amount of skin damage you may have. Your dermatologist can also rule out possible skin cancers and prescribe medication that can help reduce sun damage.

 If you can’t avoid being exposed to the sun, make sure that you always use sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. When choosing sunscreen, make sure that it has SPF 15 or higher. Use it everyday, even when it’s cloudy.

Lack of exercise

Exercise helps tone your muscles and keeps the blood flowing. Researchers have discovered that older adults who lack exercise are at an increased risk for dementia.

Exposure to cold weather

Cold winds and freezing temperatures make the skin dry. If you have to go out, use a moisturizer. Naturally, when it’s cold out, we usually have a fire or a heater on to keep warm. It is important to wear moisturizer indoors too, because the heat can be very drying to the skin. You can also use a humidifier to keep the air inside the house moist. A humidifier helps the skin be more moist and comfortable, thus reduce the aging effects.

Alcohol use

Like smoking, drinking alcohol also contributes to skin aging. Alcohol makes the blood vessels in the skin swell thus increasing blood flow near the surface. Eventually the blood vessels get damaged, making your face appear flushed (and broken vessels) on the skin’s surface.

Stress

Stress and worry makes you frown, and over time, the facial muscles conform to that frowning movement. This causes wrinkles and sagging. To reduce stressed induced skin aging, be aware of your stress level. Change your facial expressions during the day. You can also do relaxing exercises such as medication and/or yoga. You can also try light exercises and other relaxation techniques.

Lack of sleep

Lack of sleep has several detrimental effects. It increases the risk of memory loss. It’s also a symptom of depression that includes lack of interest in your usual activities and negative thinking. Research has shown that most adults need about 8-9 hours of sleep every night. Not getting enough sleep causes you to look and feel tired.

The effects of not getting enough sleep are most apparent in the face. Dark circles appear under the eyes and the skin looks saggy. Reduce your caffeine intake during the day and avoid eating 2 hours before bedtime.

These two can make you feel awake and therefore lessen your sleeping time. Maintain a sleep routine. That includes sleeping at the same time every night. If you’re having trouble sleeping, see your health care professional.

Avoiding these 7 bad habits, a healthy lifestyle plus good anti-skin aging products can definitely keep your skin younger looking for a long time.