Yesterday I was clever so I wanted to change the world.
Today I am wise so I am changing myself
                                                                                                                               Rumi

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 maybe your concerned that you’re ageing beyond your years.

  • Lack of sleep
  • A love of sugar
  • Sun worship
  • Smoking
  • Excess alcohol
  • Chronic unrelenting stress

These are just some of the lifestyle factors, that can have a detrimental effect on your skin.

Lifestyle Factors

STRESS

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 effect 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 and these techniques can help the skin look and function much better.

SWEET TOOTH

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, which creates harmful molecules in our body, known as advanced glycation end products (AGEs).

This begins a vicious cycle, the sweeter your tooth the more sugary snacks you eat, and the more AGE molecules you will develop, all of which are responsible for a number of poor skin conditions:

  • Premature ageing
  • Dull uneven skin tone
  • Dark circles and bags under the eyes
  • Poor skin texture and puffiness
  • 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 you’re skin, the oil released from the sebaceous glands which can clog pores, leading to congested breakouts.

Whilst I’m not suggesting you cut out your sugary snacks completely, ideally you should try to curb your sweet tooth, because it really can have an adverse affect on your skin.

UV RAYS

Most of the signs of premature ageing I see in my clinic, is due to ultraviolet light exposure, 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 will dry out your skin, which can also lead to premature ageing; if you are concerned about this, supplement your diet with linoleic acid and include oily fish and nuts in your diet.

These fats have so many benefits, and are necessary for maintaining a youthful appearance.

 

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