Lifestyle | Travel | Health



9 Possible Reasons Your Skin is Prematurely Aging

Nobody wants to admit that they are getting older, let alone prematurely aging. Discovering fine lines and wrinkles on your face isn’t one of the nicest things in the world, especially when you feel like you’re still in your prime. There are many reasons your skin may be prematurely aging. To give you an idea, here are 9 possible reasons your skin is prematurely aging:
Smoking And Drinking
Smoking is one of the worst things you can do for your skin. If you smoke, then you bet you’ll be aging your skin way faster than it should be aging, as well as all of the other health issues that smoking can cause. Drinking occasionally is fine, but drinking too much in excess is going to age your skin terribly too. To keep your skin from looking old before it’s time, quit smoking as soon as you can. This can be hard, but there are a ton of quit smoking aids out there that can help you. Make sure you moderate your drinking too.

Not Drinking Enough Water
 If you’re not keeping your skin hydrated, it’s going to look dry, thin, and dull. You should be drinking at least 2 litres of water a day in order to keep your skin looking plump and bright. Not to mention all of the other health benefits you can enjoy from drinking water. If you’re only drinking things like coffee, fizzy pop, and other drinks that dehydrate your skin, then you shouldn’t be surprised when you look old before your years.

Photo courtesy of: Flickr

Poor Nutrition
You need to have balance in your life, so of course you need the occasional treat. That being said, if you tip the scale and your nutrition is poor, it will show on your skin. Your skin is an indication of how healthy you are overall. If you don’t eat the right foods, then you can’t expect to have bright, young looking skin. Those with the best skin eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, as well as healthy fats such as avocado and nuts. If you eat too many sugary foods, and processed junk, you’re going to look old before your years. Improve your nutrition. Make changes to your diet slowly but surely and you’ll notice improvements in your skin. 
Failure To Keep Up A Good Skincare Routine

A good skincare routine is crucial if you want your skin to look younger for longer. What products you need to use and how you should do it is up for debate, and there are many tutorials out there that could clue you in. Start off by assessing your skin type. Once you know your skin type, you can purchase products that suit your skin type. You need a good cleanser, toner, and moisturiser at least. To combat premature aging, you can also find the best anti-aging serum. You apply this before your moisturiser and it sinks into your skin on a deeper level. After your moisturiser, you can apply a facial oil to lock in the moisture and keep your skin looking bright and plump. You may also want to use special eye creams that combat fine lines and wrinkles. The more consistent you are, the better your skin will look. You don’t need super expensive products, as long as the products you use.

If you’re usually a stressed out person, you could be aging your skin. People who are stressed look older than those who aren’t, studies have confirmed. Whether you’re under stress from work or your home life, you should try to find ways to de-stress. Take long hot baths, maybe even meditate. If you worry a lot, you must remember that worrying about a problem does nothing to remedy it. Training your brain not to stress so much can be difficult, but you can do it if you are consistent over time. 
Too Much Sun Exposure
If your skin is subjected to too much sun exposure, then you’re going to look dehydrated. Your skin may even begin to sag. You can combat this by making sure you protect your skin with an SPF every day. Also, make sure you’re not spending time in the sun at the hottest times of day. Along with this, stay hydrated in the sun. As long as you’re careful, you can still spend time in the sun without aging too much.

Lack of Sleep
Are you getting enough sleep each night? Sure, we could all function off 5 hours if we really wanted to, but there’s a difference between functioning and thriving. Lack of sleep is no fun, and you can begin to suffer not only in the looks department, but in your everyday life. Try to get into a consistent routine with your sleep. This means going to bed at the same time every night and getting up at the same time every morning. Once you’re in a good routine, you shouldn’t even want to sleep in on weekends! You’ll feel great and your skin will look so much better.

Photo courtesy of: Flickr

Having An Expressive Face

You can't help it if you have an expressive face. This definitely doesn't mean you should stop smiling as much as you do! However, maybe you could be a little more mindful of the times you frown and pull faces. Each time we pull a face, little wrinkles are created. Muscle fibres then regenerate to plump back out, but they stop doing this over time. If you can simply avoid frowning so much, you won't suffer with as many wrinkles and lines. 

Your Genetics 

Unfortunately, sometimes wrinkles are just down to your genetics. If your family has a history of premature aging, this can mean that you're going to suffer with it too. All of the tips in this guide will help you to keep them at bay, and of course there are other options. You can try botox, which early on can stop wrinkles from forming. However, this isn't a decision you should take lightly as it can be expensive, and even dangerous if administered by an inexperienced professional.