There are many reasons why your skin ages. It is simply natural for the skin to become thinner, produce less collagen, elastin and decrease cellular regeneration as you get older. There is not much you can do about these internal causes of aging, but there are external causes of aging skin that you can control to some extent.
The number one external reason skin ages is exposure to the ultraviolet (UV) rays of direct sunlight over extended periods. Ultraviolet rays break down elastin and collagen and hamper the production of new collagen, which the skin naturally produces to repair the damage.
Prolonged exposure to the sun also significantly increases the risk of skin cancer. This is true for tanning beds and indoor tanning equipment. Fortunately, you can begin to reverse sun damage by taking steps to avoid direct sunlight. Use sunscreens that protect against UVA and UVB rays with an SPF of at least 15 every day, even when it is cloudy.
Smoking is another external cause of premature aging. Second-hand smoke can also contribute to aging. The exposure to cigarette smoke significantly increases dry skin and wrinkles. It also depletes vitamin C, which is a main ingredient in keeping your skin moist. Some researchers consider cigarette smoke to be as damaging as UV rays.
Exercise improves circulation, which is necessary for healthy skin. A sedentary lifestyle will slow circulation, and over time contribute to prematurely aging skin. Exercise will also help you have more energy, which will make you look and feel younger.
Cold weather contributes to aging skin, especially cold wind. It dries out the skin, causing wrinkles. When you need to go outside in cold weather, you can protect your face with a good moisturizer. The air may be heated and dry indoors. This is also not good for the skin. A humidifier can reduce the dryness in the air.
Regular consumption of alcohol will gradually dilate the small blood vessels in the skin and increase the blood flow near the surface of the skin, especially on the face. This condition can become permanent and create a flushed appearance caused by broken blood vessels. Alcohol also dehydrates the skin causing wrinkles.
A healthy diet with lots of fruits and vegetables as well as Omega-3 fatty acids will go a long way to protect the skin against premature aging. Regularly eating too much sugar may cause glycation, which will harm collagen and eventually cause a loss of elasticity and wrinkles.
Poor sleeping habits will make you feel tired, which will show on your face. It may give you bags and dark circles under your eyes. There are several ways you can improve your sleep habits, such as avoiding caffeine.
If your skin is beginning to prematurely age, Delta Laser and Skin Care Centre in Delta may be able to help you get it back to a youthful appearance. There is not much you can do about gravity, which is constantly pulling down your skin, but there are many things you can do to help your skin look youthful longer. Contact us today to schedule your consultation to learn more.