Beautiful and radiant skin is a desire every woman has. You may realize that some of your habits affect your skin, like the products you use and not washing off your makeup before bed. But there are other things that could be damaging your skin. Here are six things that can damage your skin permanently:
It’s no secret that sun tanning and skipping the sunscreen is the worst thing you can do to your skin. The best anti-aging product in the world is sunscreen.
The American Cancer Society notes that while UV rays make up a small percentage of the sun’s rays, they are the most damaging—causing everything from sun spots to skin cancer. UVA rays are linked to fine lines and wrinkles, while UVB rays are associated with sunburn and skin cancer.
To avoid skin damage, wear a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every day, year round – including on cloudy days. Your sunscreen should say “broad-spectrum” on the label, which means it protects against both UVA and UVB rays.
Not eating well
Eating a diet high in sugar gives bacteria fuel and can cause spikes of insulin release, which triggers inflammation. The effects are premature and accelerated aging of the skin like collagen breakdown, loss of elasticity, and wrinkles. Salt too can make your skin swell with water retention and make it look puffy.
Choose a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, which contain antioxidants (berries, broccoli, carrots, and spinach) to help reverse oxidative damage to the skin, and turn on repair mechanisms to keep skin younger and healthier.
Smoking and drinking
Drinking makes your skin dry and irritated, and makes all the veins come up to the surface. Smoking causes your blood vessels to constrict, or become more narrow, lowering the amount of nutrients and oxygen that reach the skin and keep it healthy. A smoker’s skin has a tendency to wrinkle easily because it becomes dry and loses elasticity and appears dull and gray. Cut down on alcohol intake, and quit smoking – not only for your skin, but for your overall health.
Picking at your skin
Not another pimple! Although you may be tempted, don’t pop it! Squeezing and picking at pimples can cause more harm than good. Instead of releasing the bacteria, popping pimples can cause bacteria to go even deeper into your skin, leaving your skin inflamed and possibly cause scarring too. The best way to get rid of pimples is to treat them with benzoyl peroxide or tea tree oil.
Pollution and chemicals
Certain chemicals, fossil fuels, and other elements that pollute the air can be harmful to your skin. These chemicals can enter your bloodstream through the air you breathe, or cleaning products and laundry detergent directly into your skin, causing allergies and irritation.
Be sure to cleanse your skin regularly to help wash off dirt and pollution. Avoid contact with irritants either by wearing gloves when you clean or wash dishes or by switching to less irritating products. Some skin care products contain antioxidants such as vitamins C and E that can help keep skin looking healthy.
Watch your facial expressions
It’s true when your mom used to tell you not to make a silly face for too long or it would stay that way! Certain facial movements cause wrinkles, especially when these expressions are repeated or held for long periods of time. If you tend to squint or frown all the time, you may develop fine lines. As you age, your skin loses elasticity, which means it loses the ability to snap back into place.
But don’t fret; there are options available to reduce wrinkles including microdermabrasion, chemical peels, laser resurfacing, and injectable fillers such as collagen. Call us to see what treatment would be right for you!