Skin aging is inevitable regardless of what product you use and if you don't know how to avoid things that you do every day that contribute to skin aging. There are external factors that influence the way you age such as the environment, your everyday routine and the way you treat your skin. There are things that you do every day that causes you to age faster.
Here are the things that make your skin age faster:
Do you drink occasionally like after a stressful day? Hey, it's ok! Just don't drink too much; drinking alcohol too often can cause dehydration. Alcohol is diuretic; it zaps loads of fluid from your body. Dehydration leaves your skin dry and dull and signs of aging like the fine lines and wrinkles will appear more prominent.
You can still enjoy and drink your favorite wine and cocktails, just in moderation.
The food you eat also impacts on your skin. Inflammatory foods can contribute to skin aging and here are some of them:
- Fatty/Red meats
- Fried Foods
- Processed Foods
You can still eat them but in moderation. Too much consumption of these inflammatory foods can break down some important cells in your body that are responsible for the production of collagen. Collagen is essential to the skin; it keeps it firm and wrinkle-free. If you want to slow down aging, lessen these kinds of foods for they can also cause serious health conditions like heart problems.
Ignoring your Eyes
A part of the skincare routine is putting an eye cream. Our eyes are constantly moving and squinting and it needs some care at the end of the day. Moisturizing your face is not enough, you need to put some eye cream too to prevent aging. The skin around your eyes is delicate and very thin, so it's more susceptible to dark circles, dryness, puffiness, and wrinkles. The skin under your eyes needs a thicker moisturizer and it can only get it from an eye cream.
Stress is inevitable and it’s taking its toll on your skin. Prolonged stress can release stress hormones called, cortisol. Being in a constant state of stress can drain your immune system and other functions of the body. When your insides are constantly working, it will show up on the outside and literally on your skin.
If you are under stress right now, take time to breathe and relax. To effectively handle stress, here’s a simple tip.
- Have plenty of sleep
- Do some exercise
- Treat yourself
If you want to learn more about stress, check out our blog How Stress Affects your Skin
Constantly Washing your Face
Cleansing or washing your face is essential. It helps remove bacteria that can clog in your skin pores, excess oils, dirt and makeup while preparing your skin for other skincare products. However, too much is not good on your skin. It can dry out your skin, it will strip off natural oils from your skin that protect and keep it youthful.
You should not wash your face more than twice a day. It’s advisable that you should wash your face in the morning and the evening.
Lack of Sleep
Lack of sleep impacts skin aging. An adult is recommended to at least get 7-9 hours of sleep a day. Sometimes it varies from one person to another. You need to sleep as much as you needed.
While you sleep, your skin repairs and recovers itself from the stressors. If you are constantly not getting plenty of sleep, dark circles forms under your eyes, dry skin and puffiness. Not only that, but lack of sleep can also affect your overall health.
There are still a lot of things that you do every day that causes aging and mentioned above are just a few of them. You can buy all the expensive skincare and all the treatments that you can afford to remove signs of aging, but it won't change a thing as long as you don’t make lifestyle adjustments. If you want to make your skin look youthful and age beautifully, start by changing your lifestyle. A little change in your diet can help improve your health and your skin too.