Your skin is truly the first thing that people see when they look at you. If you are concerned with aging skin, you should know there are certain steps you can take to treat premature skin aging. These techniques are simple, easy and effective if you practice them daily. As much as people say their wrinkles are lines on the road they call life, it isn't something you want to look at in the mirror.
Sun exposure. This is the number one cause of premature skin aging and the most preventable. Ultraviolet rays are very harmful when they have penetrated the skin and actually changed it's structure to turn darker. While it may look great at the time, you will regret it one day.
What you can do: For one thing, you should always wear sunscreen with a high SPF while out in the sun, no matter what. Even if your skin has already been damaged from the sun, the sunscreen can prevent any further damage. You can also use anti-aging creams which can turn back the clock and give you younger looking skin.
Smoking is bad for you, period. Yes, smoking is bad, overall. However, as many health problems as it may give you–the skin is the first to see the signs. In studies, it has been proven that smokers even as young as 20 have already started premature aging from only a year or two of smoking. Smoking can quickly accelerate the process of aging.
What you can do: Quit smoking, and do it now! The good news is that all you need is determination and a strong willpower to stop. Also, studies have shown that if the smoker quits early enough, the body can 'repair' the damage done to the skin and make it healthy again. Even if a person has been smoking for more than 10 years, the body can repair the skin and generate new skin cells to repair the damaged ones.
Facial Expressions. If you frown, it will show. Facial expressions are actually a very common factor in wrinkles. Not that you may be able to change every facial expression that you make, but it might help lessen wrinkles later on in life. Common facial movements such as frowning, smiling, squinting and raised eyebrows may all change the structure of your skin over time.
What you can do: You cannot control every action that you make, but being aware helps. Squinting may be fixed by wearing sun glasses or getting prescribed glasses for your eyes if you have vision problems. While you should stop smiling or laughing, those lines can be tamed by simple facial exercises. A very common facial exercise for laugh and frown lines is to hold water into your cheeks for 30 seconds at a time. The pressure exercises and tightens muscle in that area.
Sleeping positions. Another very common factor in skin aging is actually just the way that you sleep. Think about it, people spend an average of 8 hours sleeping every night. Just as mentioned in the above step, facial expressions can cause premature aging. Sleeping on your face may cause the same premature aging lines to form on your skin.
What you can do: Try practicing sleeping on your back. Studies have shown that people who sleep on their backs did not form what is called 'sleep lines', these are commonly located on the forehead and side of the face.
Other factors may include:
- Back and forth dieting can cause premature aging skin. Loosing weight and then gaining it back not only creates stretch marks but can always loosen and tighten skin too many times over. This can cause the elasticity in your skin to become weak over time.
- Not drinking enough water. Your body is made up of 70% water and needs these nutrient running through at all times. Being dehydrated for long periods of time can also cause the elasticity in your skin to become weak.
- Avoid alcohol. It's not good to drink alcohol on a daily basis for your skin or your body. This can cause premature aging and also dehydrate the body.