While natural aging happens to everyone, certain habits can age your skin fast. Most people often rely on the idea that genetics determine the way your skin will look and feel as you age, but genetics are just one part of the process of keeping your skin looking youthful. Focusing on prevention and addressing your problem areas can help you stay glowing and look years younger. But habits that age skin can be hard to shake.
Habits that Age Skin
Below are some of the most common habits that negatively impact your skin and what you can do about it.
Unprotected Sun Exposure:
SPF is a non-negotiable skincare product that must be applied daily, if not multiple times each day, depending on your activities. Shoot for any SPF protection that is between 30 and 50. Cover any area of your body that will be directly exposed to the sun. In addition, add some to your chest area as this is a common area where aging shows up due to sun damage. If you don’t have a morning skincare routine, add this step right after your shower or before you leave the house. If you have a skincare routine and don’t want to add an extra step, find moisturizer with SPF.
It is recommended that adults get between 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night. For those who have long commutes, large families, or even work two jobs this may be impossible. However, finding the time to sleep is vital for your mental health, physical health, and the longevity of your skin. Research shows that one of the major effects of poor-quality sleep is the quality of your skin, including pigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles, and a lack of firmness. Focus on good sleep hygiene and talk with a medical professional if you struggle with sleep for more than two weeks.
Skipping Your PM Routine:
College is over and you cannot sleep in your makeup every night without consequences. Focusing on a simple skincare routine at night will pay off in dividends. If you are the type of person who does not want to spend more than five minutes in front of the mirror at night you can do the bare minimum and still have good skin. Remove any makeup and sunscreen with a good oil cleanser or makeup remover.
Then, cleanse again with gel cleanser to clean your pores and remove any residual makeup. If you are over 30, add in a retinol a few nights a week and use a good moisturizer after. While you can add more steps in, start small and keep it simple in the beginning. In addition to your skincare routine, cosmetic treatments can also help rejuvenate your skin. Skin resurfacing Seattle can help with skin elasticity, boost collagen, and improve the overall look of your skin without surgery.
A diet high in sugar can impact the collagen and elastin in your skin. Collagen and elastin help keep your skin firm, smooth, and glowing. Both of these begin to decline in your mid-20s, so it’s important to be proactive and refrain from any sort of habits that can damage them. Keeping your diet balanced and minimizing excessive amounts of sugar can help.
Alcohol and Substance Use:
Alcohol and many substances can dehydrate you and impact the texture of your skin. In addition to your skin texture, it can also lead to dark bags under your eyes. Alcohol and certain substances can also negatively impact your sleep, which can double the damage on your skin due to the lack of sleep. Minimize your consumption as moderation is key.
If you are worried about the impact your daily habits have had on your skin, contact the experts at Cole Aesthetic Center. The experts at Cole Aesthetic Center are skilled in a variety of treatments and cosmetic procedures, including skin resurfacing. Contact their office today for a consultation!