What’s Damaging Your Skin?

We’re all getting older and there’s nothing we can do about it. As every year passes, the effects of aging are getting worse. There are plenty of products out there that you can use to try to combat those negative effects but the easiest way to get great skin is avoid those effects in the first place. There are hundreds of different things that can take their toll on our skin as we get older so you’re never going to stop yourself from aging completely, but you can drastically reduce the speed of it by avoiding some of the more common causes of skin deterioration. These are the main things you should be watching out for.

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Sunlight

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Sunlight is the biggest factor when it comes to the aging of the face. Around seventy percent of all of the aging effects on your skin are caused by too much sunlight. Obviously, you want to expose yourself to the sun because you want a healthy tan, and it’s an important source of Vitamin D, but you have to be careful about the amount of time you’re spending in the sun. The elasticity of your skin is greatly reduced if you are exposed to too much sunlight so it can be a big contributor to wrinkles and sagging of the face. If you let things get too out of hand then you might need a facelift to undo the damage. When you’re out in the sun, make sure to use a good sunscreen and try to avoid sunbeds where possible. It might give you a good tan in the short-term but you’ll regret it a few decades down the line when your skin starts to feel the effect.

 

Stress

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The physical effects of stress aren’t something that we often think about but they’re greater than you realize. We all think about the emotional effects but we forget how much it speeds up the aging process. The hormones that are released when we get stressed can cause puffiness of the face and affect your bone structure. There are a number of ways that you can keep on top of stress but if you are struggling, you probably need to make some serious changes to your lifestyle.

 

Lack Of Sleep

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Making sure that you get enough sleep is important for everybody. The negative effects of lack of sleep are far reaching, including a serious increase in the effects of aging. The only time that your body releases hormones to stimulate growth is when you’re in a deep sleep. If you aren’t getting that, your skin won’t replenish itself properly and it’ll make you look much older than you actually are. All adults should be getting at least seven or eight hours of good sleep every night.

 

Alcohol

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The long-term effects that we usually associate with alcohol are liver and kidney problems and addiction issues. However, it’s also a big problem when it comes to the aging of the skin. It will seriously discolor your skin and excessive drinking will cause you to develop visible veins on the skin. It also makes your eyes bulge and after extended periods of drinking, those effects won’t be reversible.


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