The aging process is inevitable, but sometimes our habits can cause the skin to age faster. Premature aging on the skin such as fine lines and wrinkles may be reversible within the early stages, so it is important to take a look at your current skincare routine and diet to spot out any flaws or areas that need improvement. Here are a few bad habits that can lead to premature aging:
Your Skin is Not Hydrated
The skin always needs to be moisturized to stay hydrated. A lack of moisturizer on the skin can lead to wrinkles and fine lines. Studies have found that it is important to apply moisturizer onto damp skin to allow the vitamins and minerals to fully penetrate the skin. Remember to always rehydrate the skin with moisturizer after washing the hands to prevent dryness from occurring. Also, studies have found that wearing protective clothing in colder temperatures can help retain moisture to keep the skin hydrated and healthy.
Although using hot water to bathe in may feel relaxing, it can negatively impact the skin over time. Studies have shown that using hot water strips the skin from its’ natural oils needed to keep the skin healthy and refreshed. Ultimately, this can cause the skin to become dehydrated, which results in the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. Research suggests that lukewarm water is the best to bathe in. Using lukewarm water can helps retain the skin's natural oils and help prevent dehydration from occurring.
No Sunscreen or Protective Clothing
The skin always needs sunscreen regardless of the weather or season. Studies suggest that applying sunscreen to the skin helps protect the body from the harmful UV rays that impact the skin over time. Furthermore, when the skin is overexposed to the sun, this breaks down the collagen in the body, which makes the skin lose its’ elasticity. When the skin becomes less elastic, this makes it harder for the skin to snapback after smiling or performing other facial expressions. Ultimately, a lack of elasticity causes the skin to develop wrinkles and fine lines in the long-run.
Equally important, wearing protective clothing or accessories is a necessity for healthy skin. If you plan to be outside for a long period, it is important to wear clothing to protect the sensitive areas on the skin. For example, wearing sunglasses or a hat can help protect the facial area. Also, wearing a scarf can help protect the neck area. Adding protective clothing to your wardrobe helps preserve the skin and lower the chance of premature aging.