Why Does Our Skin Age?

The simple answer to this question is that our skin ages because we age. Though we sometimes romanticize aging, the fact is that most people really do not like the physical effects that come with the natural aging process. We get wrinkles, lines, blemishes; our skin becomes dryer and altogether less attractive and pleasant. These things are inevitable because of genetics, environment, lifestyle, or any number of factors. It’s hard to fight these effects, but it’s also completely human to make the effort. In this article, I’ll talk about a few of the reasons why our skin ages.

Don’t Fly Too Close To The Sun

Despite its warm and friendly glow, the sun is one of the major enemies of skin. Sure, Vitamin D is a great thing for our skin, but too much sun exposure can cause skin damage so bad that only surgical treatment can fix it! You might think that you don’t have to worry about this because you never go to the beach or lay out in the sun. Actually, most of our sun exposure (nearly 80%) occurs in the coming and going of daily life. So make sure you wear sunscreen and a hat to keep your skin from aging prematurely.

Your Face Will Get Stuck That Way

You might remember your mother admonishing you at the dinner table with this claim. And, she wasn’t all the wrong. If you make repetitive facial expressions, which we all do, your skin is likely to develop lines. Some of this also has to do with eye health. If you need glasses but aren’t wearing yours, or if you go outside a lot without sunglasses, you probably squint a lot. This will bring on crows’ feet prematurely and cause wrinkly on the face.

All Smoke & Mirrors

It’s always the perfect time to quit smoking. I know, I know, you’ve heard this all before, but seriously folks, the big quit can go a long way to slow down skin aging. Smoking causes your skin to wrinkle, sag, and discolor. If you’re a smoker, look at yourself in the mirror and compare it to an older picture of you. If this doesn’t show you what smoking does to the skin, I don’t know what will! If you don’t want your skin looking dull, gray, and twenty years older than you, stop smoking immediately! There is literally no downside to dropping this habit.

If You Booze, You Lose

As long as we’re giving up fun habits, why don’t you put a cork in it as well! Alcohol does your skin no favors, so you’re better off without it. It dehydrates and ultimately damages your skin beyond repair. If you drop this habit, even for a small amount of time, you will notice a considerable improvement in your skin’s appearance. In just a couple of weeks I guarantee that you’ll see more color and better tone. Believe it or not, your skin will look better without alcohol than it will through those trusty beer goggles.

You Clean Up Nicely

In addition to taking care of your body by feeding it a healthy diet and exercise, personal care can also improve your skin’s appearance and keep it from aging too quickly. This means that you wash your skin regularly, but with care. Scrubbing too hard can irritate the skin and actually damage it. So don’t clean too often, and scrub gently to remove grime, sweat, and dirt safely. Using a moisturizer can also be very helpful in keeping your skin hydrated and looking youthful. Exfoliating scrubs and masks can improve skin cell turnover, which slows down the older you get and makes your skin look older and duller. The effects of aging on the skin are perfectly natural, but these simple steps can slow down the process to make you look younger for longer.

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