Even when we’re diligent about cleansing, toning, and moisturizing, wrinkles can still appear – and often it’s our daily habits that are to blame. Simple things like forgetting to drink enough water, laying in the sun without sunscreen, and not getting enough exercise can contribute to those fine lines that we try to avoid so much. To give your skin the best defense, there are some key factors to be aware of that can influence and accelerate the process of aging. To keep your skin looking firm and supple, here are the habits to avoid.
Sleeping on Your Stomach
Do you tend to roll onto your stomach when you sleep? If so, this could be contributing to those fine lines that appear in the morning. When sleeping face down, the skin gets smushed up against the pillow for a long duration of time which causes wrinkles to form. To avoid this, try to retrain yourself to sleep on your back as much as possible. If that’s just not possible and you’re a dedicated stomach sleeper, then switch out your pillowcase for a softer material like silk. There are also wrinkle-reducing pillows available to purchase.
Eating an Unhealthy Diet
Gorging on junk food, processed food, and items that are high in sugar will also impact your skin. These can accelerate the aging process by reducing collagen and elasticity, and creating sagging skin over time as well. Eating a wholesome, healthy diet that’s rich in fruits, healthy fats, and nutrients will give your skin the best chance to fight damaging free radicals and toxins from the skin.
Of course, we all know by now that smoking is directly related to aging. The multitude of toxins found within cigarettes constrict blood vessels, which reduces oxygen and nutrients from replenishing the skin. Smoking also impacts the production of collagen and elastin. So, there’s no better time than now to ditch the habit if you haven’t already, to improve the health of your skin and entire body.
Not Wearing Sunglasses
Do you forget to grab your sunnies before heading out the door? Going out in the bright, glaring sunshine without sunglasses can leave your eyes strained and vulnerable to the sun. Being forced to squint for long periods of time creates crinkled areas and crow’s feet around the eyes. Though this won’t do much harm if it’s an infrequent thing, but forgetting to wear sunglasses on a regular basis will also cause collagen production to weaken, forcing wrinkles to emerge permanently. Always make sure to have a pair of sunglasses with UV protection on hand to shield your eyes so you don’t have to keep squinting.
Wrinkles and sagging skin can also be influenced by drinking alcohol, especially when consuming more than 5 drinks per week. Whatever your beverage of choice may be, alcohol is a toxin. It provides empty calories, sugar, and no nutrients, which is why it’s another big factor for premature aging. Reducing alcoholic intake can boost the health and complexion of your skin.
Lack of Sleep
How much sleep do you get on average each night? Your quality of sleep plays a big role in how the body and skin ages. Those who suffer from insomnia or those who toss and turn most nights struggling to enter REM, are at a much higher risk for developing wrinkles, especially around the eye areas. If sleeping is a challenge for you, it’s important to have this issue addressed so you can find a solution that will give you the quality rest you need. Aim to get at least 7 hours of sleep each night to give your skin the time it needs to rest and rejuvenate.
Too Much Coffee
Drinking a lot of coffee can dehydrate the skin. If you’re drinking a few cups per day, try to reduce that down to one. As essential as that jolt of caffeine can be for getting through the day, this frequent habit can cause damage to the skin. Caffeine impacts cortisol levels, dries out the skin and causes wrinkles. Consider swapping to an herbal tea to balance it all out.
Not Drinking Enough Water
A majority of us are chronically dehydrated which impacts every aspect of the body, including the largest organ – our skin. Without enough water, the body ends up harboring toxins since we’re not flushing them out at often as we should be. Dehydration can leave skin looking gaunt, blemished and rough. By swapping out soda and caffeine for more water, you can keep your skin look supple and tighter with a smooth and even complexion.
Ottawa Skin Clinic can help you get back that youthful glow with a variety of treatments that are designed to repair and diminish wrinkles. Our skincare specialists can assess your skin and recommend a treatment that can restore collagen levels, and even our skin tone to repair the signs of aging. To learn more or book your consultation, get in touch with us today!