As we go through with our daily activities, most of the time we fail to lose sight on the fact that our skin is constantly exposed to wear and tear. So many factors are at play which sooner or later lead us, sometimes most desperately, to aggressive skin treatments. Here are some of the common and usually overlooked mistakes which can lead to premature skin aging.
Do you get into the daily grind fueled by caffeine? Most people would admit to saying that coffee can pick them out of their stupor, but becoming dependent on it for everyday use can take a toll on skin health. Caffeine is the active alkaloid component in coffee which makes it the best pick-me-upper and it is also teeming with antioxidants but given that you limit your cups daily. When you rely on coffee too much that you drink it more than once or twice a day, there is a high chance that you end up dehydrating your skin. And mind you, dry skin is more prone to fine lines and wrinkles.
Another habit that can cause poor skin health is when you forget to remove makeup before going to bed. Sometimes we might get too tired that we just want to dive right into bed and snooze. But when you have the habit to put on layers of makeup, and unable to wash it off before sleeping you can cause the pores to clog with dirt and oil build-up which can cause acne. Aside from forming those unflattering blemishes, unwashed makeup can also cause drying effect on the skin.
If you love to munch on junk foods that you eat it too often, you load your body with too much salt content. And just like caffeine, it is a potent diuretic which in effect causes you to lose so much water in your body. This will leave you with dry skin making it look paled and washed out. It also makes you more at risk to form wrinkles.
The way you wash your skin can also affect its condition in the long run. For instance when you dry it by rubbing a towel vigorously on your face, you scratch the sensitive layer of your skin which can become fine lines and wrinkles later in life. So to avoid this, it would be best to only pat your skin dry instead of rubbing.
With the condition of our atmosphere we have today, and the kind of protection we are getting from the harmful UV rays from the sun, it is very important that we wear sunscreen daily. It is a known fact that sun exposure can hasten skin aging; therefore give your skin all the protection it needs. A sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 will act as a good shield to your skin. Even on winter days, the sun can still be so strong which most people is unable to realize causing their skin to be more exposed to UV rays unprotected.
Have you been burning midnight candles trying to meet deadlines or paperwork’s? Or simply partying the night away? Doing this on a regular basis, this can lead you to discover those faint lines starting to form on your face. In addition to that, the lack of rest can weaken the cells, particularly on the skin, and in effect it gives you that overall tired and washed out appearance.
One of the problems which are true in a lot of men and women is smoking. Habitual smoking is not a new thing and it is one hard habit to break. But continuously doing this can cause grave damage to your skin because the nicotine and other chemicals found in the cigarette gradually destroy collagen and elastin. These are the very components that cause the skin to look young, plump and supple. Smoking destroys the tiny blood vessels supplying oxygen to your skin making it look dull and sallow.
We may fall guilty to most of the things mentioned above; therefore it would be high time that you prevent doing it now that you know its long-term effects on skin health. You can drop mounds of cash for a year’s supply of creams, anti-wrinkle serums, or types of facial cosmetic surgery to look younger, but even if these methods are effective they can only last as long as you keep up a healthy lifestyle.
- About Dr Tyng Tan If you want to remove those signs of skin aging, see medical aesthetics in Singapore. Dr Tyng Tan is a skin specialist and the clinic director of The Hair and Laser Clinic in Singapore. The clinic specializes in different medical aesthetic procedures including thermage and skin rejuvenation treatments. Add +Dr Tyng Tan to receive latest news.