More than 80% of the signs of skin aging are the result of sun exposure. Repetitive sunbathing damages skin cells, leading to early wrinkling and hyperpigmentation. Take a look at the skin under your arms and compare that with the skin on top of your arms and you’ll get a good idea of how sun exposure ages skin. UVA rays go through clouds and windows, so sun protection is a daily and year round commitment. Hats, gloves, sunglasses and mineral-based sunscreens provide the best protection.
Lay In The Wrong Bed
UVA and UVB light emitted from tanning beds can triple your risk of skin cancer. Indoor tanning damages collagen and elastin fibers and dermal blood vessels, increasing skin blotchiness and skin discoloration. Skip the tanning bed and eat your fruits and veggies to develop a natural healthy glow.
Smoking damages your skin from the inside out as badly as the sun does from the outside in, depriving skin of oxygen and nutrients. Many of the 4000+ chemicals in tobacco destroy collagen and elastin, which leads to sagging and wrinkling. Repetitive puffing on cigarettes also leads to deep wrinkles around the lips. So save your pucker for kisses and kiss your cigarettes goodbye.
When life turns up the pressure, stress can wreak havoc throughout our bodies, including our skin. When we experience stress our bodies produce excess cortisol, a stress hormone that leads to excess oil production, which can aggravate or increase acne. This hormone also worsens rosacea, eczema and psoriasis. Stress has a negative effect on the barrier function of skin, inhibiting the skin’s ability to repair itself after injury. Give you and your skin a break and take time to de-stress.
We’ve all experienced a bad night’s sleep now and then and often wake up with bags and dark circles under our eyes, but chronic sleep deprivation can cause permanent skin damage. Along with stress, we release excess cortisol when we don’t get enough sleep, resulting in the break down of collagen. Sleep deprivation also inhibits the natural release of human growth hormone during deep or slow-wave sleep, which is responsible for tissue repair and the maintenance of our skin’s thickness. Your mom was right when she told you to get your beauty sleep.
Diets high in processed foods, saturated fats, and sugar deprive your skin and body of nutrients and free-radical fighting antioxidants. Even worse, refined-sugar consumption leads to a process called glycation , which causes protein fibers (think collagen and elastin) to become stiff, weak and discolored. Yes, that sweet tooth causes wrinkles, sagging and loss of radiance. Eat a rainbow of fruits and veggies throughout the day to get a wide variety of skin loving antioxidants and phytonutrients. Beat your cravings by prepping for healthy snacks. Being prepared ahead of time really helps when hunger strikes.
Chemicals in skin care products can irritate skin and lead to DNA damage. According to The Environmental Working Group (EWG), the chemicals in common skin care products can not only irritate and damage skin, but can lead to hormone disruption and cancer. EWG has a Skin Deep resource guide to review the safety of the ingredients in your skin care and cosmetic products. Choose natural skin care and skip parabens, sulfates and phthalates.
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