There’s a lot to be said about a person’s lifestyle and how it affects their skin. The choices you make every day can affect how your skin looks. Many people don’t understand that this is linked together. When you’re caught up in the hustle and bustle of your daily routine, you may not be thinking about the toll it’s taking on your skin.
Chronic sleep loss can lead to dull skin, fine lines and wrinkles. Sleep deprivation causes increased inflammation within the skin that ultimately breaks down skin collagen. This is the protein that keeps your skin smooth & elastic. Getting a good night’s sleep allows the skin to restore its natural balance.
Exercise increases blood flow to the skin, allowing the sweat glands to increase their functions & get rid of toxins. Those toxins are what clog your pores, causing pimples & blemishes. The stronger & firmer your muscles are, the more support your skin will have, & the more firm it will appear.
Higher intakes of vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin B, Selenium, lycopene, and a lower intake of fats and carbohydrates can improve the appearance of your skin as it ages. Foods rich in antioxidants, such as fish, fruits, and vegetables, help protect your skin.
If not drinking enough water, you can develop acne, dryness and under eye bags. Drinking plenty of water helps flush out toxins which reduce acne breakouts and keeps skin hydrated and supple. It also improves the skins elasticity (which can prevent wrinkles) and gives you healthy hair, scalp and nails.
Alcohol & cigarettes
Substances like alcohol and smoking can cause great damage to your skin, such as wrinkles, dullness, sagging skin, age spots, hair loss, dryness, facial redness and poor skin tone. Smoking chronically deprives the skin of oxygen and nutrients that it needs.
Exposure to extreme weather conditions (cold, heat, sudden change in temperature, wind and rain), pollutants and poor air quality all negatively affect the skin’s quality. Dust can clog pores and increase bacteria on the face, which leads to acne. Invisible chemical pollutants in the air can interfere with your skin’s natural protection system, breaking down the natural skin’s oils that normally help moisture into your skin and keep it supple. Unstable chemicals called ‘free radicals’ steal oxygen from our skin cells and cause them to age prematurely.
Sun damage (photoaging) is the main cause of premature skin aging. Harmful UV rays break down the skin’s support structure-the collagen and elastin that keeps skin tight and supple. Too much sun exposure can cause brown age spots, freckles, blemishes, leathery skin, moles and skin cancer such as Malignant Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Protect your skin by wearing at least an SPF 30 daily. If you plan on being outdoors, wear sun protective clothing such as long sleeves and a wide-brimmed hat and make sure to re-apply your sunscreen every 2 hours.
When we’re stressed, the level of the body’s stress hormone (cortisol) rises, causing an increase in oil production. Not only can this lead to oily, shiny skin but it can cause spotty, blemished or acne-ridden skin. Stress can also cause hair loss. When someone is under a lot of stress, the body concentrates on recovery and healing of the hair rather than growing it. Peeling, brittle nails can be caused by chronic stress as well.With all this information, you can now make better daily choices to help improve your skin and aging.
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