When you were younger, you probably didn't have a problem keeping your skin smooth, taut, and attractive. Unfortunately, as you age, your skin encounters a long list of potentially harmful internal and environmental factors that can damage your complexion. Here are three mistakes that can age your skin and what you can do to fight wrinkles, dullness, and UV damage.
1. Poor Daily Lifestyle Choices
Young skin is incredibly resilient, which is why poor lifestyle choices typically don't catch up to people until later in life. However, since habits like smoking, skipping sunblock, or ignoring your water bottle can cause problems, making better lifestyle choices as soon as possible can help to replenish delicate balances that pave the way for better skin.
Smoking has been shown to speed up the aging process within your skin by causing your blood vessels to narrow, making it more difficult for your skin to heal properly. Additionally, the chemicals in cigarettes can also damage collagen and elastin, which help to keep your skin plump and healthy.
Sun damage is another factor that can age the skin since sun exposure can trigger a long list of negative consequences ranging from age spot formation to cancer cell growth. Even forgetting to stay adequately hydrated can harm your skin since skin cells rely on water to transport nutrients and to stay plump.
To keep your skin from aging prematurely, focus on making healthy lifestyle choices, such as stopping smoking, drinking more water, and applying sunscreen liberally each and every day. Keep in mind that you should drink at least 2 liters of water each day and more if you exercise vigorously. Also, you should wear sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15 to 30 to prevent damage.
2. Makeup Left on Overnight
Although it might seem harmless to climb into bed without washing your face, leaving foundation, blush, highlighter, and concealer covering the surface of your skin is a recipe for breakouts and aging skin.
In addition to allowing the fine pigments to clog your pores, sleeping with makeup on also allows those microscopic elements to stretch the pores of your skin, leaving you with enlarged pores that dull your complexion. Leaving makeup on your skin overnight also causes oxidation, which can strip away the protective barrier of your skin and make you more prone to allergies and irritation.
To prevent these types of issues, always wash your face thoroughly before you go to bed. To remove grime, use a soft microfiber cloth or an ultrasonic cleansing brush, and follow up your washing regimen with a night cream to replenish natural oils.
3. Repeated Facial Expressions
If you sneer, squint, or frown repeatedly, you might contribute to fine lines and facial wrinkles. Repeated facial expressions can cause facial muscles to form grooves in the skin, making your face look older than it really is.
Because older skin naturally becomes thinner and less stretchy, your skin may not bounce back as easily as it did when you were younger, forming these permanent laugh, smile, or concentration lines. Older skin also loses the natural fat layer beneath the dermis, making wrinkles appear deeper.
To prevent this common cause of wrinkles, try to pay attention to how you hold your face. Focus on repositioning and relaxing your face to prevent damage. If you tend to squint, visit your eye doctor for an exam to prevent crow's feet and wrinkles around the eyes.
If you struggle with a dull, aged complexion, stop by and see John M. Humeniuk, M.D., for a consultation. With a commitment to bringing out the best in your skin, our entire team focuses on creating a comfortable patient experience while offering an array of medical and surgical dermatology services. Make your next appointment today to breathe new life into your skin.