In this post, We're going to talk about a topic that strikes terror into the hearts of many: skin aging. As we get older, lines and wrinkles begin to destroy the youthful appearance that so many of us identify with.
If you, like me, hate feeling powerless in the face of time marching on, take comfort in the knowledge that you can have some control over how fast your skin ages. Take a look at these seven devastating causes of skin aging — and then resolve to do something about them.
We all that know smoking is bad for health — and that includes skin health. Research shows that contact with cigarette smoke dries skin. In addition, smoking also depletes your ability to absorb vitamin C, which is essential for healthy skin. Let's all resolve to reduce the amount we smoke to protect our skin.
Spending too much time in the sun not only raises your risk of skin cancer but also causes sun spots, wrinkles, skin sagging and dryness. UV rays prompt cells to produce excess pigment to defend the skin against damage. Over time, this can lead to dark spots and uneven skin tone. Cover up on sunny days and use sunscreen that offers protection against UVA and UVB rays
. While UVB rays burn your skin, UVA rays will cause it to lose its smooth, youthful texture.
Cold air can dry out the skin, so if you're hanging out on the East Coast in winter you need to use a good moisturizer in addition to your regular anti-aging cream. Whether you're located in New York or Boston, be sure to moisturize every morning before heading out into the cold air. Protect your lips by applying a layer of Vaseline to keep moisture locked in to this very delicate part of your skin.
Unfortunately, spending the winter curled on the couch won’t do your skin any favors either. Exercise is essential to promote blood flow to the skin, which could help to carry away waste from skin cells. Exercise also tones the muscles under the skin, which may help your whole body to look and feel better.
When skin dries out, it loses the smooth texture associated with youth. As you get older, your skin becomes less able to hold on to water, as there is less hyaluronic acid
in the cells. Combat dehydration by drinking plenty of water throughout the day and by using an anti-aging cream that replaces the lost hyaluronic acid. Also, watch out for some less obvious causes of skin dehydration, such as hot showers: prolonged exposure to hot water strips away natural oils, leaving the skin exposes to premature aging.
Alcohol prematurely ages skin by damaging blood vessels
close to the surface. People who drink heavily for many years often have flushed faces and broken blood vessels visible in their skin. Protect yourself by cutting back on how much you drink.
You probably know that missing a night of sleep leads to dark circles under the eyes, but did you know that lack of sleep can have longer-term effects on your skin? According to dermatologist Patricia Wexler, MD
, people who sleep only five hours a night can have twice as many lines as those who get a healthy seven hours. While you sleep, your skin cells are hard at work making new collagen, which is an essential component of healthy skin. That's a great excuse to stop burning the candle at both ends and treat yourself to some well-deserved beauty sleep.