Are wrinkles a must or is there a way you can age gracefully? Aging is inevitable and your skin will experience some degree of wrinkling. But there’s a lot you can do to maintain your smooth skin as the years pile on. It all comes down to your daily skin care habits and the long term effects they have on your skin. Break these bad habits today and enjoy fine skin as you hit the century mark. Please see below seven bad skin care habits that cause wrinkles and accelerate aging:
1. Not Wearing Sunscreen
The most important product in your makeup table is your sunscreen. I know this might come as a surprise to you, but a high SPF sunscreen is the secret ingredient to beautiful skin. Not makeup. Not cleansers. The best way to prevent wrinkles is by slowing down the aging process.
Whenever you skip sunscreen in the name of a Tan, you expose your skin to the harmful UVA and UVB sun rays that accelerate aging. Studies carried out by the Skin Cancer Foundation have shown that 53% of skin cancer cases are on the left side of the face. Kill two birds with one stone by using skin care products that come with inbuilt sunscreen properties. This way you’ll never forget.
Pro-tip – you should apply sunscreen every day even when your only contact with the sun outside will be driving to and from wherever you are going. Cover the side on the window ESPECIALLY well.
2. Smoking Cigarettes
You must have seen this coming. Let’s be honest – the cigarettes are doing more harm than good. Smoking causes more than 480,000 deaths annually and still over 42.1 million Americans still smoke. Not only is it doing harm to the insides but it’s also making you look bad, literally. Cigarettes interfere with the supply of blood to your skin, causing dead skin cells. Cigarettes also contain a chemical known as nicotine. Nicotine deprives you of sleep. Sleep is crucial for your skin. This the only time when your skin can rest from all the makeup and pollution to recover and heal. Lack of sleep and poor sleeping habits cause black eye circles and eye bags with wrinkles.
3. Waiting On The ‘Wonder’ Product
Most women hang onto the fantasy that there’s some magical skin care product that will straighten all their wrinkles. Some just apply a series of skin care products every day. When it comes to skin care products, the less the better. Products can help, but for wrinkle-free skin, a lot has to do with lifestyle. Things such as exercise, sleep, diet, and sun exposure score big points.
4. Washing Your Face Too Often
The day’s makeup, grease, and dirt have to come off. While you’re at it, please be gentle on your skin. Using a lot of force will damage your skin by removing some of its natural oils. Talk to your best aesthetician on what skin cleansers are good for your skin type and stick to those. Your skin care specialist will know what works for your specific skin type.
5. Eating Oily and Sugary Foods
We’re not the ones saying you shouldn’t eat these things, your skin is. Too much sugar makes the skin stiff and uneven. The end result is dark circles and wrinkles around the eyes. Don’t be tempted to slip into the junk food trap! Oily food isn’t the best either, but if you must have some oil, it’s recommended that you go for fish oils. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has decreed that eating fish two times a week is the best.
6. Too Much Stress
Stress increases Cortisol levels. Cortisol reduces your skin’s ability to hold moisture and as mentioned above – it’s incredibly important to stay moisturized! Too much stress can also cause lack of sleep, preoccupy your mind so that you make bad skin care decisions, not hydrate, cause you to smoke more…. A whole plethora of bad things can happen when you stress too much!
If you are stressed – please make sure to hit the gym, go for a run or something. Sweating will open your pores and clear out all the junk, in addition to helping your body’s long term health.
7. Picking At Your Skin
We are adding a BONUS for scarring. Although not specifically wrinkles, scars are a huge nuisance! Picking at your skin is one of the worst habits you can have. On top of breaking your skin and the picking having potential to leave scars, your hands and nails are incredibly dirty and can drive grease and grime deeper into the skin. It takes a lot of discipline to see a blackhead or a pimple and not try to rid your face of it but when you do that you turn a temporary inconvenience into a permanent scar…
Don’t pick your face or try to pop your pimples and blackheads! Asking “what causes wrinkles?” is a loaded question. There’s so many bad habits we all have that can negatively affect your skin but working on the issues listed above are a great start to help facilitate smooth, wrinkle-free skin. So all in all – don’t let your age drag your skin with it! It’s all about being prepared and treating yourself and having discipline now now for the future skin care benefits. You can still have that fine smooth skin despite turning the clock a few times. Seek the guidance of a professional skin care specialist who will get you started on the best practices and skin care routine for your specific skin type.