Lifestyle Factors That Influence How Your Skin Ages
Sometimes it’s the simple things in life that keep us going. Whether that's lounging in the sun, or having a glass of wine, it's easy to forget that those daily habits are what result in rapid changes to our body in the long-term.
As we age, keeping our skin beautiful, youthful and radiant becomes more and more of a challenge. Over time, our skin naturally loses its elasticity, moisture and texture, and although what we eat can have have a tremendous impact on our skin’s health, so can our environment, lifestyle, and what we expose ourselves to on a regular basis.
I've put together some lifestyle factors to be aware of, that influence how our skin ages.
What smoking does is, it causes blood vessels to constrict, resulting in decreased blood flow to skin. Furthermore, it depletes the body of Vitamin C, which is key for keeping skin plump and moist. Capillaries can become permanently damaged, causing a flushed appearance and visibly broken capillaries at the surface. There is likely to be increased dryness and skin dehydration can occur due to a diuretic effect. As time goes on, skin color can become sallow or gray, and begin to wrinkle.
Diets high in dairy can lead to onset of adult acne. The reason? Hormones! Most of the cows used in farming are actually pregnant cows, and so hormones such as progesterone and insulin growth factors often make their way into our milk and dairy products. When we consume the milk, it leads to increased levels of inflammation, skin breakdown, aging and acne in many people. My advice? cut down on the diary, and your skin will thank you.
While moderate drinking can be good for your heart, heavy drinking dehydrates the body which may cause the skin to dry out. When this happens, our bodies lose vitamins and essential minerals that are needed to repair and rejuvenate skin. My advice? stock up on necessary vitamins like Vitamin B and C, folic acid, zinc, and magnesium to produce collagen within the skin.
Sun damage is probably the most well known environmental factor that has a huge impact on skin’s aging. While sunlight does our body good, over-exposure can cause skin damage. What happens is, the sun breaks down skin’s structural tissues (collagen and elastin), causing the skin to look mottled, and freckles to become more permanent brown sun spots. Skin may become dried out, leathery, wrinkled and saggy. Sun exposure also increases your risk of skin cancer. My advice? wear sunscreen for starters - minimum of SPF 15 is fine. Also invest in a daily moisturizer.
Ultimately, healthy lifestyle choices can help to delay the natural age-ing process and prevent skin problems in the long run.