While aging is inevitable, showing it on your face is not. Much of premature aging of the face is caused by everyday habits. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, an aging face is one of the most common insecurities for men, as wrinkles and lines are nearly impossible to hide. Here are five common habits that may be making you age faster than you should.
Not Wearing Sunscreen
Forgetting SPF causes free radicals to damage the elastin, collagen and skin cells, which leads to premature aging of the skin. This includes the onset of wrinkles, dark spots and skin cancer development. Even when you are not spending all day by the pool or in the yard, these free radicals can harm the skin from daily exposure over time. Our recommendation is to apply the Obagi Nu-Derm Sun Shield Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 50 every day.
Not Washing Your Face at Night
Throughout the day, your face collects dirt and oil. When you don’t wash it off before sleeping, your pores will clog with the dirt, which will irritate your skin. We recommend Obagi NuDerm Foaming Cleanser to leave skin fresh and clean. When washing your face, always cleanse gently as scrubbing can also irritate the skin.
Smoking speeds up how fast our skin ages. It decreases the delivery of oxygen and nutrients by cutting off circulation, which damages the skin all over the body. It can cause wrinkles and a dull, sallow complexion. Tobacco itself harms the collagen and elastin, as well.
Both internally and externally, hydration is a must for healthy skin. Water, amongst its many other health benefits, clears up the skin, while dehydrated skin appears dull and saggy. Additionally, you should be using a daily moisturizer to effectively hydrate your skin from the outside! Try Obagi360 HydraFactor SPF 30 for supple and soft skin.
According to Men’s Fitness, diet is arguably the biggest culprit for premature aging. Excess sugar consumption can lead to dark undereye circles, dry skin, wrinkles and acne. The American Academy of Dermatology says that a balanced diet containing fruits and vegetables can actually prevent premature aging. Sugar, on the other hand, is noted to accelerate aging.
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