When you’re young, and your skin is still considered fairly new, you may not realize that some of your behaviors could be setting you up for skin care problems down the road. Staying up late, sleeping in your makeup, and spending time in the sun without any sunscreen can lead to wrinkles, fine lines, and other skin problems later in life. When you reach your 30s, 40s, and 50s, you may be disappointed and confused as to why your skin is making you appear older than you truly are.
However, by making a series of small, healthy lifestyle changes, you can improve the appearance of your skin, and stave off signs of aging for as long as possible. Here are five lifestyle behaviors that could be having a negative effect on your beauty and on the appearance of your skin.
1. You drink soda products
According to dermatologist Jeannette Graf, MD, soda promotes the development of wrinkles due to its high sugar content. Plus, soda products are highly acidic, which can inhibit your skin’s production of healthy cells. Lack of healthy skin cells can result in skin blemishes such as wrinkles, pigmentation problems, and dryness. Stop consuming sodas, and start drinking more water to keep your skin plump, healthy, and hydrated.
2. You don’t get enough sleep
Studies have shown that those who fail to get a good night’s sleep tend to age at an accelerated rate than those who make it a habit of getting at least eight hours of sleep. Sleep is your body’s time to recover, which means that if you lack sleep, your skin won’t have the time it needs to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, and more. To complement your sleep routine, start using skin care products that contain an antioxidant known as resveratrol, which can promote your skin’s production of its own healthy antioxidants. Try using Resveratrol B E by SkinCeuticals.
3. You don’t exercise enough
Exercise doesn’t just help you maintain your weight; it also helps contribute to a more youthful-looking appearance. Research has shown that those who exercise intensely for at least 14 minutes per day can delay visible signs of aging. Start engaging in anaerobic exercise most days per week, and be conscious of ways to add more physical activity to your daily routine.
4. You spend lots of time in the heat
According to dermatologist Fredric Brandt, MD, spending an excessive amount of time in extremely hot temperatures can trigger brown spots and pigmentation even if you’re not exposing yourself to direct sunlight. Temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit can cause inflammation and make your skin more sensitive to free radicals. If you live in a hot climate, you may not be able to avoid spending time in hot temperatures, but you can use skin care products that contain special inhibitors that block enzymes responsible for causing hyperpigmentation. Look into using skin care products that contain kojic acid to inhibit these enzymes, such as Super Serum Advance+ and Pro-Heal Serum Advance+ by iS Clinical.
5. You consume too much alcohol
Not only can alcohol consumption lead to dehydration, but it can increase inflammation and expose your skin to a higher number of free radicals. As a result, your skin can appear puffier, flushed, and dry after a night of heavy drinking. Either reduce your alcohol consumption, or stop drinking alcohol completely to improve the appearance of your skin.
Has exposure to free radicals resulted in your having fine lines and wrinkles? Request a consultation with Monarch Skin Rejuvenation Center, or call us today at (913) 663-3838 for our Leawood and Lansing offices, or at (816) 436-3262 for our North Kansas City location to learn more about how to achieve beautiful skin.