Could it be that your lifestyle is sabotaging your looks?
Does it feel as though the hands of time are turning to fast for you.
Or is it that you are concerned that your ageing beyond your years.
Lack of sleep, a love of sugar, chronic unrelenting stress and to much sun, these are just some of the lifestyle factors, that can have a detrimental effect on your skin.
How you feel on the inside, may be affecting how you look on the outside! Especially if you are stressed.
If you are always on the go and live a hectic busy life, chances are stress could be playing havoc on your skin.
Research has found factors that play on our emotional well being, have a direct affect on our skin.
Stress causes inflammation by releasing inflammatory stress hormones and chemicals into the skin,
It can also create unstable molecules that damage cells, these molecules are known as free radicals and are responsible for premature ageing.
The good news is, that these stress chemicals released from nerve endings can be reduced, this can be achieved through stress management techniques, these techniques can help the skin look and function much better.
Did you know that having a love for sugary snacks will not only pile on the calories, but can also play havoc on your skin.
This occurs from a natural process in the body known as glycation, where sugar in the bloodstream attaches itself to proteins,
This creates harmful molecules in our body, known as advanced glycation end products (AGEs).
Thus begins a vicious cycle, the sweeter your tooth the more sugary snacks you eat and the more AGE molecules you develop, all of which are responsible for a number of poor skin conditions:
- Dull uneven skin tone
- Dark circles and bags under the eyes
- Poor skin texture and puffiness
- Lines and wrinkles
- Loss of facial contours
As if that is not enough, excess consumption of sugar can push up insulin levels, which can lead to inflammation of the skin.
This inflammation causes elevated levels of oil in the skin, this oil released from the sebaceous glands can clog up your pores, which can lead to congested breakouts.
Whilst I’m not suggesting you cut out your sugary snacks completely , do try to curb your sweet tooth, because it really can have an adverse affect on your skin.
Most of the signs of premature ageing I see in my clinic, is due to ultraviolet light exposure.
This is something I have written extensively about in the article UVA Rays.
So be sure to always protect your skin, wear a broad spectrum sunblock and stay out of the sun during the peak hours of 12 and 3pm.
Low Fat Diet
A diet low in essentially fatty acids can dry out your skin, causing horizontal lines which can lead to premature ageing.
Try to include healthy Omega 3, 6 and 9 fats in your diet on a daily basis, and eat fish and nuts at least two to three times a week.
These fats have so many benefits and are necessary for maintaining a youthful appearance.
The Naked Truth
Having worked with countless numbers of skin types and conditions over the years, I believe in a well-balanced approach to healthy skin.
This should include sensible lifestyle choices and a healthy diet, whilst not forgetting regular skin care treatments, coupled with a good home care regime, one that includes the use of professional products that get results.
And remember, everything in moderation x