Aging skin can pose a number of issues for us as we get older, and the cosmetic implications of wrinkles and fine lines can be concerning. Want to make sure you’re doing everything you can to keep your skin as young and healthy as possible?
Let’s get this established up front: aging is a unique experience. No two people on earth age exactly the same. Do not let comparison anxiety get the better of you. So what if your friend is a year older than you and hasn’t ever had a wrinkle? You are unique, and the sooner you accept that the sooner you can move on to figuring out what kinds of treatment work for you. There are plenty of steps you can take to ensure that your skin is healthier longer, but there are also some things you just can’t control. Genetics do play a factor in how our skin ages. If your mother had crow’s feet in her thirties, you’re more likely to see them too. Genetics aren’t a sure thing, and there are a variety of factors that contribute to aging, but it’s something to be aware of. Not everything that causes aging is in your control, and that’s okay.
Whether you’re 22 or 52 and you’ve never established a beauty routine, know that it’s never too late to start caring for your skin. If you need advice, ask your dermatologist. They’d be happy to assess your skin and help you plan your skincare routine. Your dermatologist will also be able to determine the best treatment for the wrinkles or signs of aging you already have or offer treatment to prevent them in the future.
It’s no secret that people who tan or tanned obsessively in the past tend to develop wrinkles early. Tanning issun damage—there’s no way around that fact. When your skin is damaged by ultraviolet radiation, it needs to expend a lot more energy repairing rather than maintaining itself. Ultimately, this means that frequently sun-damaged skin ages much earlier than it does for those who protected their skin with sunscreen and other healthier sun habits. Use a daily sunscreen, whether or not it's included in the makeup you wear. In the summer, make sure you’re using an even stronger sunscreen. Make sure you’re avoiding direct sunlight whenever possible, and opt for shade when you can. Keeping your skin undamaged by ultraviolet radiation is an easy way to keep your skin safe from premature aging and even skin cancer.
Smoking can be a major contributor to premature aging skin. There are a number of reasons why this is the case. For one, the many harmful ingredients in cigarette smoke can damage your skin on the surface and internally. Smoke also dries the skin quicker than ambient air. In addition to the smoke, the act of smoking itself creates wrinkles around the corners of the mouth. Quit smoking! There are health benefits across the board from stopping.
Drinking alcohol too often can also contribute to aging and blemished skin. Alcohol dehydrates you, and that dehydration extends to your skin. Chronically dehydrated skin develops wrinkles and fine lines far earlier. Additionally, frequent alcohol consumption can cause the blood vessels in your face to break apart, leaving you with a ruddy and unclear complexion.
No matter the circumstances, you can age gracefully if you take precautions and care for your skin at every level. If you need more advice on aging skin or are looking to treat premature wrinkles, reach out to the professionals at Northeast Dermatology Associates.
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