As we age, so does our skin. Some daily habits can even make it worse. Luckily, there are steps you can take to improve your skin’s health.
With aging, your skin’s ability to produce collagen is affected by the loss of elastic fibers. This loss of elastic fibers can cause wrinkles. Without collagen, the skin’s elasticity will decrease, leading to saggy, wrinkled, or leathery looking skin.
There are several common mistakes that we all make at some point in our lives which can negatively affect our skin’s health. Consider taking steps to make positive changes if you are guilty of any of these actions.
It doesn’t matter if you are on the beach, running errands or spending the day at the pool, sun protection is essential. You can protect your skin by staying in the shade and covering it with sun-protective clothing such as a wide-brimmed hat, and a lightweight pair of pants and long-sleeved shirt.
Be sure that you’re using a broad-spectrum sunscreen that has a SPF 30 or higher. It should also be water-resistant. Sunscreen should be applied daily to all skin that isn’t covered by clothing. To get even more protection, choose clothing with a UPF (ultraviolet protection factor).
Your skin will age prematurely if you get a tan. This is true whether you get a tan from the sunlight, indoor tanning beds, or any other indoor equipment. They all emit UV rays which accelerate the aging process.
Smoking can cause skin damage and accelerate aging. It can also lead to wrinkles around the mouth, known as “smoker’s lines”.
Stopping smoking is the best way to improve your health and longevity. Smoking is not a good idea if you want to live a long life.
When you make a facial expression, the underlying muscles contract. This includes laughing, squinting, and raising the eyebrows. If you make the same facial expressions for many years, these lines can become permanent. Lines that are difficult to see can result from squinting.
Some research has shown that eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables may help prevent the premature aging of skin. Studies have also shown that consuming high amounts of sugar and other refined carbs can accelerate aging.
Alcohol can be rough on the skin. Alcohol can dry out the skin and eventually cause skin damage. This can cause our skin to look older.
Research has shown that moderate exercise can increase circulation and improve the immune system. This may lead to a healthier, more youthful-looking skin.
Your skin can be irritated by scrubbing it clean. Skin irritation can lead to skin aging.
The best way to remove makeup and pollutants is by gently washing your skin.
You should wash your skin after sweating, as perspiration can irritate the skin. If you sweat while wearing a helmet or a hat this is even moreso important.
Moisturizers retain water in the skin to give it a younger appearance.
If your skin stings or burns after using a skin care product, it is an indication that it is irritated. Repeated irritation can eventually make your skin appear older.
However, a dermatologist might prescribe anti-aging supplements that could cause a burning or stinging sensation. This is normally okay, but be sure to let your dermatologist know.
Lifestyle changes can be beneficial even for those who are already showing signs of premature skin aging. When you protect your skin from the sun you allow it to heal some of the damage. People who quit smoking frequently notice a healthier-looking skin.
You may want to visit a dermatologist if you are concerned about signs of aging skin. Many people are now able to look younger with the help of new treatments and less-invasive methods for smoothing wrinkles, tightening their skin and improving their complexion.