As we age, our skin is subjected to various pressures, including the sun, severe weather, and unhealthy habits. We can, however, take precautions to keep our skin supple and youthful.
Your skin’s aging will be determined by several variables, including lifestyle, nutrition, heredity, and other personal habits. For example, smoking can result in free radicals, which are once-healthy oxygen molecules that have become hyperactive and unstable. Free radicals cause cell damage, which results in premature wrinkles, among other problems.
There are other factors as well. Normal aging, sun exposure (photoaging), pollution, and loss of subcutaneous support are the primary causes of wrinkled, spotty skin (fatty tissue between your skin and muscle). Stress, gravity, everyday face movement, obesity, and even sleep posture are all factors that contribute to skin aging.
What Kind of Skin Changes Come With Age?
Over time, your skin loses fat and other vital components of its support system and becomes thinner and more dehydrated. It also loses elasticity, making it more susceptible to deep creases and wrinkles. Skin also becomes more fragile and easily irritated, and regeneration slows down.
How Does the Sun Affect Your Skin?
The sun is the primary cause of skin aging, but it can do more than just produce wrinkles. It can also lead to skin cancer and affect the immune system. Excessive exposure to the sun causes a breakdown of collagen and elastin, which in turn causes wrinkles, sagging and rough, dry skin. Redness and brown spots appear, and acne outbreaks become more common.
But UV damage isn’t the only problem. In addition to blocking UV rays, sunscreens can also prevent your skin from producing vitamin D. Although this vitamin is essential to many aspects of health, your skin must be exposed to sunlight to produce it. Shortage of vitamin D can cause a variety of health problems.
How Can You Help Your Skin?
Fortunately, there are ways to delay or reverse many of the effects of aging. An anti-aging skincare regimen should include basic skincare practices, such as regularly washing your face, moisturizing, using sunscreen, and using a good skincare product with beneficial ingredients to strengthen your skin’s resilience and elasticity.
In addition to essential skincare, you can help flaunt a younger appearance by doing several other things. These include:
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Exercise regularly.
- Avoid excessive sun exposure.
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Get enough sleep.
How to Choose a Good Skin Care Product
When shopping for anti-aging skincare, look for a formula that has a moisturizer with both water-binding and water-replenishing properties, a wrinkle-filler, and a skin lightener.
Be sure to avoid skincare products that contain oils that can clog your pores and lead to acne. These include:
- Mineral oil
- Petroleum jelly
- Silicones like Cyclomethicone
On the last note: avoid products that contain alcohol. It could dry out your skin. Also, avoid products that are labelled as “exfoliating,” “anti-wrinkle,” or “anti-aging.” These are vague terms that don’t mean anything to regulators. In fact, they might not even have the active ingredients that they claim.
Most dermatologists agree that you should not be overly concerned about your skin. The skin is unique — it can take care of itself. Applying moisturizer and sunscreen every day is an excellent first step; it will help you look younger.
Contact The Beauty Spot today for more information about non-surgical facelifts or anti-aging facials and how they can help you look and feel better! We celebrate our 11th anniversary on January 18th and will be happy to answer any questions you may have