7 Surprising Ways You May Be Aging Your Skin
When it comes to keeping your skin radiant and youthful-looking, your go-to is probably a good skincare range of products. While we certainly recommend good quality skincare products to address the appearance of skin aging, you may be surprised to learn that it's just one factor, out of many, that contributes to a more youthful-looking complexion.
Keep reading to learn more about what may be aging your skin, and how you can counteract these factors so you can enjoy the glowing, healthy-looking skin you deserve!
1. Skimping on the SPF
Many of us reserve the SPF for our beach tote, when we'll be lounging seaside for a few hours, but the sun's rays are just as strong whether you're on the beach or in your car.
If there's one thing you can do every day to help prevent premature skin aging, it would be applying a broad spectrum SPF of at least 30, either alone or under your makeup.* Don't forget your neck and ears, as well as your hands, which are actually one of the first areas to give your age away!
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2. Not drinking enough water
Okay okay, you've heard this one enough, but then why aren't you doing it? We get that water can be a little boring, and you'd rather be sipping on an iced coffee, but water is essential for hydrating your skin and body from the inside out. A lack of water will dehydrate your skin and put you at risk for dryness, which can eventually result in fine lines and wrinkles.
To spruce up your water, try a refreshing spa water recipe with some fruit,**and be sure to share with your friends!
3. Sleeping on your stomach
You may be shaking your head in confusion at this one, but sleeping on your stomach or on your side can increase your chances of getting wrinkles. If you've ever woken up with a "sleep wrinkle" after spending the night with your face pressed into your pillow, then you know what we mean. Over time, these temporary wrinkles may decide to stick around.
Try sleeping on your back, and ensure your face is deeply hydrated before hitting the sheets. This allows your face to move around more freely with less risk of developing wrinkles.
4. Spending too much time on the couch
We all love a good movie binge, but making it a habit to lounge on the couch, rather than getting in your workout, can take a toll not only on your health, but on the appearance of your skin.
When you work out, you increase circulation in your skin, which helps to keep it luminous and glowing. A good workout may also help you sleep better, which allows body tissues, including the skin, to renew and repair.
You don't need heavy gym equipment to benefit either! Just 30 minutes of low impact exercise such as walking is all you need to get started on a healthier path. Aim for at least four times a week.
5. Using the wrong products
Many people assume they know their skin type, but without having your skin assessed by a skin care professional, how can you really be sure? Just because you break out, doesn’t mean you have an oily complexion; it could mean you have combination skin. So if you use products aimed at drying up your blemishes, they may affect areas that actually need more moisture and vice versa.
Often, skin issues can easily be remedied by making the switch to products targeted towards your specific skin type. Here’s a guide on the 5 factors that determine skin type, and a skin care professional can help you find yours. You can then start a new skin care routine, and achieve the results you deserve.
6. Leaving your makeup on at night
Don’t feel too bad if this sounds familiar, but just try to not make it a habit. Sleeping with your makeup on can dry out your skin and expose it to free radicals, which are the skin’s worst enemy when it comes to aging. Makeup can also clog your pores, so you may wake up with an annoying blemish or two, as well as an overall dull complexion.
Keep some makeup wipes next to your bed for when cleansing your face is simply not an option. Otherwise, we highly recommend our cleansers that work to remove makeup and impurities, while still maintaining your skin’s delicate moisture balance.
7. Eating unhealthy foods
Last, but not least, that old saying “you are what you eat” couldn’t be more true. The proof is in your state of health and the appearance of your skin. Fill your body with processed, fatty foods, and your skin will look dull and age quicker. But fill your body with fresh, whole foods rich in healthy fats, nutrients, and antioxidants, and be amazed at how your complexion will appear luminous and more youthful.
If you follow these tips, you will see a difference in your skin. The trick is to keep up with them and have lots of patience, but the results are well and truly worth it!
Let us know in the comments below if you have any additional lifestyle tips that help maintain healthy-looking skin.
*Using a broad-spectrum sunscreen SPF 30 or higher together with a comprehensive sun protection program including wearing sun protective clothing, hats, sunglasses, and avoiding the sun between the hours of 10am - 2pm may help reduce the risk of premature skin aging.
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