6 Daily Habits Aging your Skin


6 Daily Habits Aging your Skin

By Meagan Anne Hegler

Aging can be tough but luckily with early preventative measures it doesn't have to be. Here are six daily habits that may be aging your skin.

  • Stress

    By Meagan Anne Hegler

    We all know this one too well; stress wreaks havoc on the body from the inside out.  Stress is also one of the main culprits for premature aging. There are so many factors involved linking stress to premature aging. Stress on the job, stress at home, the anticipation of a stressful situation, the list goes on and on.  So how do we tackle this problem? By reducing stress which is easier said than done, right? My favorite and ultimate stress reliever is exercise it’s like black magic for the soul. Here are some helpful [tips](http://www.webmd.com/balance/guide/blissing-out-10-relaxation-techniques-reduce-stress-spot) for managing stress:1.       Meditate.2.       Breathe deeply.3.       Be present.4.       Reach out. 5.       Tune into your body. 6.       Decompress. 7.       Laugh out loud. 8.       Crank up the tunes.9.       Get moving. 10.   Be grateful. Want more details on the effects of stress on the body: Check out [this informative article](http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/11/stress-aging-process_n_3047000.html). 

  • Smoking

    By Meagan Anne Hegler

    Ever heard anyone say smoking was good for you? Me either. There is nothing about smoking that is good for the body. When you smoke you are breathing toxins and carcinogens into the body which have highly drastic and harmful effects over time. The chemicals in cigarettes cause the blood vessels to narrow which can impair blood flow to the skin depriving your skin of oxygen, and important nutrients like vitamin A. Naturally overtime the collagen and elastin in your skin starts to break down, smoking speeds up this process which in turn results in wrinkles, sagging, and prematurely aged skin. [More information here.](http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/quit-smoking/expert-answers/smoking/faq-20058153) 

  • Lack of Sleep

    By Meagan Anne Hegler

    Bedtime is a beautiful thing when it comes to your skin. It’s the time your skin cells repair and renew themselves revealing that gorgeous glow which is also known as cell turnover. Cell turnover is really important when it comes to the production of collagen and elastin. As we age this process slows down but there are many things we can do such as exfoliate to aide in the process. So when you lack an adequate amount of sleep your skin doesn’t get a chance to fully engage in this process leaving you with a less than satisfactory dull and dry appearance. In order for your skin to repair damaged cells you need to reach deeper states of sleep. Check out this article from [Everyday Health](http://www.everydayhealth.com/skin-and-beauty/amazing-reasons-to-sleep-for-skin-health.aspx) on the effects of sleep deprivation and your skin. 

  • Not Wearing Sunscreen

    By Meagan Anne Hegler

    Not wearing sunscreen will speed up the process of not only premature aging but it also puts you at risk for skin cancer. In the fight against aging sunscreen and moisturizer or a combo of the two should be a skin care staple. Just because it’s cooling down outside doesn’t mean you should skip this part of the process. Sunscreen should be applied 365 days a year as UV rays are still present in the winter. Focus on the areas of the skin that are exposed the most such as your hands, neck, and face which also happen to be the 3 main areas you begin to see aging.

  • Poor Diet

    By Meagan Anne Hegler

    Having a poor diet has many effects on the body from stress, weight gain/weight loss, inflammation, and so on so forth. When you eat a diet that is poor you deprive your body and your skin of the vitamins and nutrients that it needs to replenish and repair itself. Things like alcohol consumption can lead to fine lines and wrinkles due to dehydration of the skin. So how do we change this? Drink more water and eat a diet full of colorful nutrient dense veggies.

  • Using the Wrong Products

    By Meagan Anne Hegler

    Using the wrong products for your skin has its effect. When starting any skin care routine it’s important to take into account the type of skin you have and what products are going to be more suitable for you. Using the wrong products can cause an inflammatory response leading to redness, irritation, acne prone skin, and more. Sometimes it’s simply just best to let a Dermatologist take the guess work out of finding products and a skincare regimen that is right for you. [Consult](http://www.virtualacne.com/) with one of board certified [Dermatologists](https://www.virtualacne.com/#doctors) today and receive your personalized treatment plan in less than 24 hrs.  Have an iOS device? Access us in the [app store](https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/virtual-acne/id950380215?mt=8) today. 

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