Could it be that your lifestyle is sabotaging your looks?
Does it feel as though the hands of time are turning too fast for you?
Or maybe you’re concerned that you’re ageing beyond your years?
Lifestyle factors that can mess with your skin
- a lack of sleep
- a love of sugar
- an avid sun worshipper
- a regular smoker
- regularly drink alcohol
- under chronic unrelenting stress
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 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 through stress management techniques.
We believe that inflammation caused by stress and pollution is one of the biggest contributing factors in premature ageing. To that end, we have created a range of skincare products to deal with this cycle of destruction.
Glo Antioxidant Complex and Immortelle Moisturiser are intelligent formulas that contain potent antioxidants, which diffuse inflammation in the skin and reverse any damage done by this build-up of free radicals, helping to repair and restore the skin and ward off premature ageing.
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. The bloodstream’s sugar 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 several 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, leading to skin inflammation. This inflammation causes elevated levels of oil in your skin. The oil released from the sebaceous glands can clog pores, leading to congested breakouts.
Whilst we are not suggesting you cut out your sugary snacks completely; ideally, you should try to curb your sweet tooth because it really can harm your skin.
Most of the signs of premature ageing we see in the clinic are ultraviolet light exposure, something we have written extensively about in the article, UVA Rays.
So, be sure to always protect your skin, wear a broad-spectrum sunblock or sunscreen, and stay out of the sun during the peak hours of 12 and 3 pm.
A diet low in essential fatty acids will dry out your skin, leading 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.
To find out what other lifestyle factors affect your skin, follow the link.