Why Does Skin Age? Tips To Slowing It Down

One of the biggest myths both men and women have been told is that aging is reversible. Aging is an inevitability of life and how people age is mostly based on the genetic makeup of the individual, however sun exposure, alcohol and drug habits and overall personal health choices do come into play.
One of the best ways to make sure your skin stays as healthy and youthful-looking as possible without undergoing a procedure or treatment is by rotating sun protection into your daily routine.  According to the Mayo Clinic, most of the changes seen in aging skin can actually be attributed to a lifetime of sun exposure without proper protection. Application of at least SPF 30 broadband sunscreen for every two hours is the optimal between the hours of 10am and 4pm, the time when the sun’s rays are at their peak. You should be protecting your skin year round. The winter months are just as important of a time to keep a consistent layer of sunscreen on, especially during skiing because of the sun’s reflection off the sun and ice will intensify the rays. There’s no reason to speed up the skin’s aging process when it can easily be avoided by simply applying a tube of sunscreen!

Another tip to help your skin be the best it can be, is to avoid smoking and an overconsumption of alcohol (four drinks per sitting for men, three drinks per sitting for women). In fact, research has shown that smoking alone can age skin because it promotes the breakdown of collagen and reduces the skin’s natural elasticity. Collagen is the protein that structures the skin and gives it youthful definition, without it, wrinkles would develop and the tiny blood vessels in the skin tighten to reduce the amount of oxygen and nutrients the skin can receive. To worsen the effect of substances such as cigarettes, drinking alcohol will dehydrate your body and skin, which makes it look old and tired. If you must drink for social reasons, have a non-alcoholic drink such as seltzer or fruit juice in between alcoholic beverages to help keep your body as hydrated as possible.

Lastly, try to keep a regular skin cleaning and moisturizing routine, especially for those who wear makeup during the day. T helps remove the bacteria and let your skin breathe and retain moisture. Using a moisturizer will help the skin stay supple and healthy looking. Make sure to pat your skin dry instead of rub it so some moisture can remain. Moisture is one of the keys to healthy skin and without wrinkles.
Aesthetician services are also available for professional exfoliations and skin maintenance, which are especially helpful for those prone to acne breakouts.

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