Five ways you could be ageing your skin
Are you a serial moisturiser skipper? Do you often flop in bed with your makeup still on?
Although these little things may not seem like a big deal, together they could be contributing to you prematurely ageing your skin. And in this ever-youthful obsessed world, your bad skin habits could cause you distress as you get older.
Here are five of the most common ways you could be prematurely ageing your skin:
Not wearing sunscreen in winter
We don’t want to sound like a broken record, echoing others in the industry, but this is one of the most common mistakes and one of the simplest to get right.
There are two types of rays, UVA and UVB, and although UVB rays aren’t as strong in the winter, UVA rays are around the same strength all year round. It’s these that are responsible for premature ageing and skin cancer.
Therefore, the importance of using a good quality sunscreen all year round to combat premature ageing and of course skin cancer cannot be underestimated.
Another easy to fix problem is squinting. If you find yourself squinting when reading or using a computer, head to the optician.
Every time you squint your eyes, you weaken the elastin fibres around them, which of course accelerates the appearance of fine lines, and eventually, wrinkles.
And of course, make sure you wear sunglasses when it's sunny to ensure you’re not damaging the eyes, too!
Exposing yourself to smoke
We all know that smoking is bad for the skin (and the body as a whole), but even if you’re not a smoker, yet often find yourself around people that are, it can still damage your complexion.
In fact, did you know that second-hand smoke is actually more dangerous than first-hand smoke because the components in second-hand smoke are more concentrated?
Passive smoking causes much of the same skin damage as smokers by greatly damaging collagen-destroying enzymes (MMPs) which causes increased wrinkling and visible ageing.
Not cleaning your skin properly
We’ve all been there; too tired to take makeup off properly so we leave it until the next day, but this can wreak havoc too.
Dirt and makeup that are trapped against the skin cause environmentally-induced oxidative damage, which leads to a breakdown of the skin’s barrier. Once this has been broken, the skin is more prone to ageing.
Rubbing your eyes
Big, bold eyes are a sign of youth, but the skin around the eyes is one of the first areas on the face to show signs of ageing. And rubbing the eyes can just encourage this even more.
Rubbing the area breaks the blood vessels under the skin's surface which can cause puffy eyes and dark circles first and foremost, as well as fine lines, crow's feet and drooping eyelids.
Help! I do all of these...
Even if you do one or all of the above, the good news is that if you’ve neglected your skin until now, making changes now can help going forward and prevent further damage.
One of the best ways to help make the skin look more youthful is dermarolling. The innovative derma roller penetrates the skin slightly to encourage blood flow and collagen production to help plump it up and reveal a bright, younger complexion. Why not give it a try?