As the elective cosmetic industry continues to expand in growth and popularity while we continue to try to look as young and fresh as possible, there are a few common mistakes to watch out for. Many of us are aware of the beneficial things we can do for our skin, such as daily moisturizer, regular sun protection, drinking lots of water and other easy (or non invasive) interventions. However, there are four extremely common habits that may be undermining your efforts to look younger.
It is a shock to many that smoking continues to be as popular as it is. Those of us that don’t smoke wonder how such a disgusting habit can be appealing. And those that do smoke may not realize that it is not only undermining their lung health, but also aging their facial skin by years within a short period of time. Cigarettes are packed with nicotine and other chemicals that destroy the chemical called elastin in the skin. This increases fine lines and reduces the body’s ability to regenerate collagen.
Other common offenders include alcohol, sugar and caffeine. Alcohol and caffeine act as diuretics and inhibit your body’s ability to hold onto water. The skin needs moisture from the inside out to maintain a healthy glow with supple texture. By drinking alcohol or caffeine and not compensating with more fluid intake, you are depriving your skin’s ability to hold on to moisture that it needs. Sugar and junk food contain preservatives that perform similar functions and make you look sallow or washed out.
Perhaps the most important and most neglected thing you can do to improve the appearance of your skin is get enough sleep at night. Even if you think you feel okay with only six hours each night, your face tells another story. Lack of sleep causes an increase in the stress hormone called cortisol to be released. Cortisol is the hormone responsible for oily and greasy skin texture, or even acne formation.