5 habits that cause skin aging, and how to mitigate them!
In this article, you will discover some habits that make you age faster and the solutions available to mitigate them.
Skin aging is a natural process that affects everyone. As we age, our skin undergoes changes: wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, loss of elasticity, and so much more damage. So far, we’re not teaching you anything, yet! Although this is a natural process, some of our habits can have a big impact on it. These are referred to as the extrinsic factors of skin aging. Do you want to optimize your chances of keeping your skin healthy and glowing for a long time to come? In this article, you will discover what makes your skin age faster and the solutions available to mitigate these effects.
What causes skin aging?
1. Tobacco & alcohol
Our lifestyle can have a considerable influence on skin aging. Harmful habits such as smoking and excessive alcohol consumption can contribute to the premature appearance of wrinkles and dull skin. Indeed, smoking reduces blood circulation, which deprives the cells of essential nutrients and oxygen, while alcohol dehydrates the skin and weakens its natural protective barrier.
2. Sleep deprivation
Lack of sleep is also a factor in skin aging. The result is sagging, loss of elasticity, and dark circles. Sleeping Beauty certainly lives up to her name!
3. Sun exposure
Do you like lounging around on the beach? It’s best to indulge in sunbathing in moderation. A tanned complexion gives the impression of good health, but as we all know, excessive sun exposure is a major cause of premature skin aging, also known as photoaging. The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays damage the skin’s collagen and elastin fibers, which can lead to loss of elasticity and the appearance of wrinkles and age spots. Insufficient use of sunscreen and inadequate sun protection can accelerate this process.
4. Food choices
Your food choices also play a crucial role in what causes skin aging. A diet too high in refined sugars, saturated fats, and processed foods can encourage inflammation in the body, which is sometimes reflected in the skin in the form of redness, acne, and premature aging.
Do you often feel stressed? Unfortunately, this is another cause of accelerated skin aging. Stress and anxiety have a negative impact on our skin. When we’re stressed, our bodies produce hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol, which can damage the skin’s collagen and elastin. In addition, stress can disrupt our sleep, which can also contribute to premature skin aging.
What are the solutions for slowing down skin aging?
As we have seen, skin aging is a complex process that results from a variety of factors. Intrinsic factors that we can’t control, such as genetics or natural cellular aging, exist. However, sun exposure, lifestyle, diet, and stress are all external factors that we can control, which cause premature skin aging. When we understand these causes, we can adopt healthy lifestyle habits and care for our skin to minimize the signs of skin aging.
Stop smoking and reduce alcohol consumption
Nowadays, there are many ways to stop smoking or at least cut back on tobacco use, such as patches or hypnosis. As for alcohol, it’s best to take it easy. Don’t hesitate to ask a professional for help along the way.
With our hectic lifestyles and the temptation of screens, we often forget about sleep, which can be cut short by several hours. Ideally, you should get about 8 hours of sleep and go to bed before 11pm. It’s not easy to get into a routine, but it will help you find truly restorative sleep.
Use enough sun protection and wear sunglasses
Make sure to apply sunscreen every day, even if it’s not sunny outside, to protect your skin’s elasticity. It’s best to use SPF 50 for maximum protection! Apply generously and don’t forget your neck and chest because these areas are often overlooked when using sunscreen. And don’t forget to wear sunglasses. They block the UV rays that damage the delicate skin around the eyes and cause wrinkles.
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A balanced diet
Eating a healthy, balanced diet rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals will help keep your skin healthy. At the supermarket, skip the ready-made and processed food aisles and head straight for the produce, meat, and dairy sections. Focus on seasonal fruits and vegetables and prepare bountiful mixed salads in spring/summer and delicious, comforting soups in autumn/winter.
Skin is 70% water. That’s why it needs constant hydration, both on the surface by using cosmetic products, and from the inside by drinking water. Apply moisturizers with UV protection daily to keep your skin looking young. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, at least 1.5 liters a day. In addition to speeding up cell renewal, this will boost blood circulation, improve digestive function, and flush out toxins!
Stress management techniques such as meditation, yoga, and other relaxing activities can help you unwind and reduce the effects of aging on your skin. You can also engage in physical activity to reduce stress. Exercise is good for overall health and promotes a healthy body and skin, and it also improves the quality of your sleep.
How can FILLMED help?
FILLMED has been developing anti-aging medical products for now 45 years. Our mission is to restore self-confidence and self-esteem, support aging skin and enhance the beauty of everyone. Our star products are formulated with hyaluronic acid, a molecule that not only moisturizes the skin but also protects it from external aggression.
Our NCTF®135 HA and Skin Perfusion lines are the perfect way to complement all the solutions described above to help you maintain or regain radiant, luminous skin.
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glows from within.
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Talk to your practitioner to find out more. Without a doubt, FILLMED products are a good habit for your skin!
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