There are numerous things that cause our skin to age. Some are unavoidable, while others are up to us. We cannot change the factors called “intrinsic aging” and include such things as the natural aging process and genetics. However, there are some lifestyle choices we make that can contribute to accelerating this aging process that can be avoided, and these factors are called “extrinsic aging.” Since we control these extrinsic aging factors, they are the key to prevent premature skin aging.
There are various things we can do to slow the damage that occurs to our skin and encourage it to stay youthful for as long as possible. Some of these things we can do involve certain lifestyle choices, while others involve our topical skincare routine. In this article, we will discuss the latter. We’ll cover the former in a future article. Here are 6 easy tips you need in your topical skincare routine to prevent premature skin aging!
There are many health benefits of getting the right amount of sunlight every day. One major benefit is that it is our primary source of vitamin D for our bodies. It has positive effects on our mental health, sleep schedule, and promotes exercise such as taking a walk.
However, even though we need the sun, it’s no secret that the sun exposes us to harmful UV rays as well. Therefore, it is essential for us to maintain proper sun protection habits and a healthcare professional-approved sunscreen regimen for our skin. Not only to prevent certain diseases but to prevent premature skin aging as well. The harmful UV rays from the sun play a major role in premature skin aging, leading to damage and wrinkles.
If you want to prevent premature skin aging, protect yourself from these harmful sunrays with high-quality sunscreen every day. Wearing protective clothing and a wide-brimmed hat while outside can also be helpful.
It is also important to note that every time you get a tan, whether outside or inside a tanning booth, it is damaging to your skin and accelerates skin aging. Therefore, if you enjoy having a tan, don’t damage your skin to get one. Use a self-tanning lotion or spray instead.
Another way to prevent premature skin aging is to be aware of any facial expressions you make regularly. You contract underlying facial muscles and create lines in your face every time you make a facial expression. Over the years as you repeatedly make these same facial expressions those lines become permanent, forming wrinkles.
Therefore, if you are constantly stressed or worried and furrow your brows often, your skin will begin to display wrinkles and signs of aging earlier than it needs to. To prevent unnecessary stress in your life, adopt a stress-preventing morning routine, find reliable ways to relax, or seek the help of a professional therapist if needed. Likewise, if you squint in the sun often you should start wearing sunglasses.
The only facial lines you should never try to prevent are your laugh and smile lines. Feel free to wear those like a badge of honor.
If you want to prevent premature skin aging, adopt a proactive skin cleansing routine. You should cleanse your face twice every day and after excessive sweating. However, scrubbing your face can irritate your skin, causing inflammation and damage. So cleanse your skin gently to remove dirt buildup, pollutants, makeup, and other substances.
Skin hydration is important in maintaining elasticity and a youthful appearance. As we age, our skin begins to get thinner, drying it out and making it easier for wrinkles to form. Therefore, to prevent premature skin aging, use a hydrating moisturizer daily. A moisturizer acts like a drink of water for your skin, trapping moisture inside and keeping it youthful for as long as possible.
Another way you can prevent premature skin aging is to consider using an over-the-counter retinol cream or a prescription retinoid cream with guidance from your dermatologist. Retinoids are derivatives of vitamin A which stimulate the production of collagen in your skin.
Collagen is integral in maintaining your skin’s strength and elasticity. As we age, our natural collagen production slows down causing a decrease in its plump and firm appearance of youth. Applying a retinoid/retinol that boosts collagen production might slow down this process, preventing premature skin aging.
You might also consider facial serums containing antioxidants and peptides that increase the levels of vitamins A, C, and E available to nourish the skin.
Your sleeping habits can play a major role to prevent premature skin aging. It’s no secret that getting a good night’s sleep is incredibly important to our health, even affecting the vibrancy of our skin. However, have you ever considered that how you sleep might be a factor as well?
For instance, if you sleep on your side or your stomach, you are more prone to the mechanical compression forces of your face against the pillow. Over time, this can speed up the formation of wrinkles and can even distort facial skin. You might try sleeping on your back if you can to prevent this. Alternatively, switching to a silk pillowcase might cause less friction and abrasion to the skin than a cotton one.
If your skin is already marked by the signs of damage and premature skin aging caused by previous lifestyle choices, there are still things you can do! First of all, it’s important to be aware that it’s never too late to take advantage of these tips to prevent premature skin aging from this point on.
However, if you’d like to help correct previous damage, there are various aesthetic services and treatments that all enhance and encourage the beauty of your own skin, including:
At Southern Secrets Medical Spa, we offer all these aesthetic services and treatments and so much more! Give us a call or come visit to schedule a consultation to see how we can help! Our skincare professionals are experienced, skilled, and passionate about getting the appearance of your skin back to its most youthful potential and allowing you to regain your confidence.