Bad habits that may be aging your skin

Wrinkles seem to appear suddenly. One fine day, we look in the mirror to notice a new crease, folds or age spot on the skin that wasn’t there before. Wrinkles are a big part of the human predicament and they are bound to show up as time goes by. But many people develop wrinkles on sun-exposed areas like the face, neck, hands and forearms at a much younger age because of genetics, lifestyle habits and environmental factors. Read on to know what causes your facial skin to age and what you can do about it? While it is not possible to change the genetic factor, you can take positive steps to control the other beauty habits that can cause premature aging of facial skin to improve overall health and delay premature aging of your face.

Not Wearing Sunscreen

Sunlight is a vital source of vitamin D but over-exposure to harmful ultraviolet (UV) sunrays causes a breakdown of collagen and is one of the major causes of premature aging of your facial skin. Solar radiation accelerates the oxidation process making collagen fibers fragile and phenomenon is called solar elastosis. The solar radiation also increases the risk of skin lesions, including the life-threatening melanoma and too much sun exposure can also damages the sebaceous glands and cause dry skin.

While it is important to expose your skin to early morning sunlight for a few minutes daily, you should avoid going out in the sun during peak hours between 10a.m. to 4 p.m. To prevent wrinkles and fine lines, always wear sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 or above every day throughout the year. You can delay the appearance of age spots, wrinkles, and sagging skin by always wearing protective clothing, like hats, long-sleeved shirts and sunglasses.

Smoking Too Much

Smoking results in premature fine lines typically appearing in places where the skin is very thin, such as the sides of the eyes and above the upper lip. Smokers are known to develop these types of fine lines almost a decade before they appear among non-smokers. Moreover cigarette smoke has chemical compounds and toxins that affect the collagen and elastin in your skin. Smoking further restricts blood flow to the skin, thereby depriving your skin of much needed oxygen and nutrients to renew themselves. The vitamin C level in the blood of smokers is about 60% lower on average in comparison to that of non-smokers. Vitamin C helps in the production of collagen fibers, and promotes youthful and healthy skin. If you can quit smoking, you can easily delay the appearance of wrinkles.

Poor Dietary Choices

Sugary treats increase the waistline and they cause the connective tissue of the skin to become rigid and lose its elasticity. When sugar molecules are broken down in the body, they create new molecules that are harmful to the collagen and elastin, leading to wrinkles.

Complete protein can help in the production of protein structures to promote the appearance of fresh skin, such as hyaluronic acid, collagen and elastin. It is also important to have a diet rich in antioxidants such as lycopene, lutein, beta-carotene and more. Fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamin C and are also the main source of antioxidants. Soluble dietary antioxidants can reach the dermis to partially neutralize the oxidative damage from prolonged exposure to the sun. Fill your plate with rich colorful vegetables and fruits.

Alcohol Consumption

Alcohol causes damage to the skin texture and color and has considerable influence on the eye sockets. Drinking excessive amount of alcohol result in puffed eyes and can lead to the accumulation of toxins in the deeper layers of the skin. The lack of hydration causes your skin to lose elasticity and develop wrinkles. It results in the appearance of capillaries and redness of the cheeks too.

Poor Sleep

The body produces excessive stress hormone, cortisol, without proper sleep. This hormone breaks down skin cells and inadequate sleep becomes evident on the face. It is important to get at least 6 to 7 hours of quality sleep every day to look refreshed and youthful. When you sleep well, the pituitary gland in our brain secretes Human Growth Hormone (HGH) to improve skin elasticity and renew skin to maintain its thickness so that you are less likely to develop wrinkles. But do remember that sleeping on your belly or side may cause wrinkles to appear because you are burrowing your face into your pillow. This puts pressure on the collagen and elastin fibers in your skin causing fine lines to form on your chin and forehead. To prevent sleep lines, always sleep on your back.

Sleeping with Makeup

Many women skip removing their makeup before going to bed but skipping this ritual can cause significant damage to your skin and hasten the aging process. The makeup on your skin picks up pollutants and free radicals all through the day and if it is not removed before going to bed, it will clog the skin pores. This generally causes the breakdown of collagen fibers. So pamper your skin for a few minutes before going to bed every night. Remove your makeup, cleanse and apply a moisturizer. This allows your skin to breathe through the night and regenerate.

Now you can prevent new wrinkles from forming but what about minimizing the wrinkles that have already appeared. Try any of our nonsurgical beauty skin treatments for minimizing wrinkles. You can smooth and decrease lines around the mouth, forehead, eyes and cheeks with Refirme™ Skin Tightening with Elos Technology, Facial fillers like Juvederm can also help reduce deeper facial folds and creases. Even Botox works wonders on facial wrinkles – like crow’s feet, frown lines, and horizontal forehead wrinkles caused by repetitive facial expressions. Let Calista Skin & Laser Center help you develop your skin treatment plan to get rid of unsightly facial wrinkles.

Call us on 817–203–4925 to get started on your journey to healthier, younger looking skin.

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