We all know by this point how important it is to apply and reapply enough sunscreen to prevent sunburn, wrinkling, skin discoloration, and skin cancer. But unfortunately, there are lots of ways you can harm your skin – and many of them aren’t as obvious as the sun. If you want to keep yourself looking young and fresh with glowing skin, try to avoid these bad habits that could cause your skin to age prematurely.
Lack of Protective Clothing& Accessories
Sunscreen does a lot to protect you from the harmful rays of the sun, but it doesn’t protect you fully. During colder months, long-sleeved shirts and pants can help shield your skin from the sun, but in the summer, consider a parasol, beach umbrella, or cover-up at the beach to add an extra layer of sun protection. Remember to take your sunglasses along when you go out as well. They not only protect your eye area from harmful rays but from repetitive movements as well as squinting in the sun can lead to crow’s feet later on!
Results of a recent study commissioned by Estee Lauder suggest that lack of sleep (or poor-quality sleep) can contribute to poor skin quality and premature aging. Make sure you’re getting enough rest on a regular basis. You’ll look refreshed, and you’ll be giving your skin cells a chance to regenerate while you sleep. Don’t forget to take off your makeup before you crash!Leaving it on can lead to clogged pores and bacteria buildup.Keep some gentle makeup removal wipes handy if you have a tendency to fall asleep with your makeup on.
No Skincare Regimen
One of the problems with damaging your skin is that the effects don’t begin to show for a while. It’s easy to be in denial about how you’re caring for your skin, but take a moment to think ahead. Starting a skincare regimen now will make your skin appear more youthful and fresh ten years down the road. Practice good moisturizing and makeup maintenance (don’t let it clog your pores), use a mild facial cleanser and remember to exfoliate every so often. Be conscious about how you protect and care for your skin.
What are You Drinking and Eating?
Alcohol, caffeine, and sugar can all contribute to poor skin quality and dehydration. Hydrate with water whenever possible, and keep unhealthy food and drink to a minimum. Dehydrated cells can make your skin look dull and eventually lead to premature aging.
Some wrinkles are called “laugh lines” and “frown lines” for a reason. Any repetitive movement, such as squinting, puckering, or furrowing your brow, can lead to wrinkles in the future. While you can’t prevent all lines from forming this way, simply being aware can help you keep unnecessary repetitive facial movements to a minimum.
Stress is a huge enemy of skin and is unfortunately often difficult to get rid of. Try to keep your workload to manageable levels, maintain a healthy lifestyle, and treat yourself to relaxing activities, even for brief periods.
If your skin is starting to show signs of aging, you have options. A wide range of anti-aging and rejuvenating facial procedures are readily available to help reduce wrinkling, sagging, freckling, and age and sun spots. Surgical procedures such as a facelift, brow lift, or blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) can tighten skin and smooth out wrinkles, while fillers and skin treatments are less invasive ways to reduce signs of aging. Always seek help from a board-certified plastic surgeon, even if all you want is a little Botox. For expert facial treatments in the Toronto area, contact acclaimed plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Mounsey of Revesse. Dr. Mounsey offers a wide range of anti-aging treatments, and he would be happy to help you plan your next cosmetic treatment. Call416.438.2499 to schedule your consultation.