Aging is a natural process that everyone goes through as they grow older. However, certain habits can accelerate the aging process and wreak havoc on your skin. Once the aging process is accelerated it is difficult to reverse the signs. While there are cosmetic treatments that can assist in bringing back your youthful glow, there are some habits you need to break immediately.
Worst Habits For Your Skin to Break Immediately
While there are a number of habits that can negatively impact your skin, stop the following five habits immediately.
It’s a well-known fact that smoking negatively impacts your overall health. Smoking can also accelerate skin aging. Nicotine damages the collagen and elastin in your skin that give it the youthful glow. It also reduces blood flow to your skin, which reduces the amount of nutrients and oxygen getting to your skin. When you smoke and pucker your lips, it can also cause premature wrinkles.
Failing to Use SPF:
Sun exposure leads to premature aging and even skin cancer. Using SPF daily is vital for your skin and overall health. This should be a part of your morning skincare routine and used daily, even if you aren’t going outside. Sun rays can enter your home and car through the windows, and UV rays can even damage your skin when it’s cloudy out. You need to use at least SPF 30 and reapply sunscreen throughout the day, especially if you are outside. If you don’t want to add another step to your skincare routine, find makeup with SPF built-in.
Skipping Your Nighttime Skincare Routine:
If you are like most people, your day is jam-packed with family, work, chores, errands, friends, and spouse. This does not mean you should fall into bed without at least cleansing and moisturizing your skin. Between your natural oils, dirt, pollution, and harmful bacteria you may accumulate throughout the day, your skin needs to be washed before bed. At the very least wipe your makeup off with a cleanser and apply some moisturizer. Your skin will thank you later.
Excessive Sugar Consumption:
Your diet plays a huge role in how your skin looks and feels. Sugar and processed foods can cause breakouts and speed up the aging process. Things like pastries, cookies, candy, and carbs like pasta and white bread can impact the look of your skin and dull your youthful glow. Eating a diet rich in nutrients from fruits and vegetables can help with the texture and firmness of your skin. Moderation is key, but if you consume excessive amounts of sugar each day (more than 36 grams per day for men and 25 grams for women), it can come with negative consequences for your skin.
Exfoliating can be great for your skin, but over-exfoliation can harm your skin. When you exfoliate too much, you are disrupting the barrier of skin that balances moisture. Use creams and serums that address your unique skin issues and pay attention to your skin when you exfoliate. Those with oily skin may be able to exfoliate once or twice a week. However, those with dry or combination skin may need to reduce it to once every other week, depending on the type of exfoliator.
Skin Rejuvenation Treatments
Stopping bad habits that impact your skin can help slow down the natural aging process. However, you may need some skin rejuvenation treatments to compensate for the prior damage done to your skin. Below are some of the most effective skincare treatments to improve the texture and glow of your skin.
- Peels and Resurfacing
- Laser Facial Treatments
- Broadband Light and Intense Pulsed Light Laser Treatments
If your skin is looking and feeling dull, contact the experts at Cole Aesthetic Center for their skin rejuvenation treatments. The experts at Cole Aesthetic Center are skilled in a variety of treatments and cosmetic procedures. They are focused on ensuring your aesthetic goals are met. Contact their office today for a consultation!