Your skin is the first organ in the body to show signs of ageing. As a general rule, the more you care about your skin and your overall health, the better you will withstand the ageing process. As we age, our skin undergoes changes – the collagen fibers that are the underlying support structure of the skin become twisted and matted, causing wrinkles and lines. There are some measures you can take to help slow down this inevitable process by avoiding these daily mistakes that can make you age faster.
- Exfoliating Excessively
Most of us think that exfoliation eliminates dead cells. This is true, but excessive exfoliation can prevent the skin from retaining water, making it look dry in appearance and contributing toward wrinkles. My advice is to do 2 exfoliations per week using a gentle polish suitable for your skin type.
Apart from the negative impact on the heart, lungs and risk of cancer, smoking also makes skin age faster. As a result, developing wrinkles and lines. Some smoking-ageing related causes are: heat from the cigarette directly burning the skin, changes in the elastic fibers of the skin, reducing vitamin A levels and moisture of the skin.
- Using Harsh Cleansers
Cleansers too aggressive can eliminate the natural lipids of the skin, the skin will also be exposed to early formation of wrinkles. The skin self-regenerate continuously; it is important to choose a cosmetic product formulated specifically for your skin type (normal, dry, oily etc.) that keeps the balance of the skin and of its hydrolipidic film guaranteeing the physiological functions.
- Avoiding Sunscreen
Recent studies have demonstrated that 70% of cutaneous ageing is due to sun rays that penetrate the skin and alter its elastic structures, making it lose compactness and favoring the production of free radicals. To fight wrinkles, it’s always necessary to protect the skin with a solar cream suitable to our skin type (increasing the sunscreen factor based on your sensitivity).
- Sleeping Less
Those that are sleep deprived, age faster; in the night the body regenerates, renovates and purifies cells. Melatonin is a hormone that is said to slow down ageing is produced in the night. So, it’s very important to have proper sleep.
- Not Exercising Enough
Exercise movements help to renovate and rejuvenate cells. Physical activity makes the skin look more toned, because oxygen and nutrients in the blood reach the capillaries of the skin easier. Exercise of about 20-30 minutes, 4 times a week is enough.
- Not Controlling Stress Levels
Human beings can withstand strong environmental stress, but if the stress is beyond limits, it gives physical and mental exhaustion. So, the management of stress is very important, the longevity of life is associated to the withstanding levels toward stress.
- Not Removing Makeup
A fundamental rule for the goodness of the skin is to never sleep with makeup. Make up blocks the intake of oxygen to the skin and consequently cause its aging process, the formation of wrinkles and the loss of tone and elasticity. It is needed to cleanse the face well to remove the makeup and clean the skin.
Written By Ugochi Obiajunwa