Common Causes of Skin Aging and How to Avoid it

If your skin appears to be aging faster than it should, there could be a simple explanation. Sometimes all it takes is an adjustment with a few habits. Read more to find out the possible culprits behind those wrinkles and how you can solve them ASAP! 

Poor eating habits 

Not to spoil your delicious meal or anything but next time you get your second serving of desserts, think about how all that sugar and processed ingredients will directly affect your skin. 

Consuming lots of highly processed or sugary foods can cause dramatic spikes in blood sugar and insulin, which can trigger chronic, low-grade inflammation at the cellular level that speeds up skin aging. Also, certain foods can break through our digestive lining, creating "holes" in our gut. Our gut then becomes under attack, affecting the rest of the body, including the skin, leading to the so-called 'digest-ageing'.

How to avoid it: Cut back on simple carbs, which are quickly converted to blood sugar, and opt instead for lots of whole grains, vegetables and fruits. In particular, increase your intake of antioxidant-rich foods such as berries, citrus fruits, kiwi, pineapple, papaya, red and green peppers and broccoli. 

Stress

Yes, stress could be messing up with your youthful glow. In fact, many people now refer to stress as the new biological clock--and it is so powerful, it can really age us prematurely. Science explains that when stress hormones like cortisol interact with other hormones and neurotransmitters, physiological changes occur that sometimes manifest externally. One study concludes that 74 percent of acne patients say that stress exacerbates their condition

How to avoid it: We can't always avoid stressful situations, but we can control how we deal with and recover from them. Grab a weekly massage and practice calm forms of exercise like Yoga. Meditation can also help improve your overall stress level, which can make you feel more focused and younger. Allowing yourself to have a happier outlook in life can help you retain your youthful joy which can become noticeable on the outside.

Not having enough sunscreen 

If you are always exposed to the sun and free radicals through pollution or smoke, your skin is also more likely to lose its elasticity. Going out without sunscreen exposes skin to the drying and damaging effects of the sun’s rays year-round, regardless of weather conditions. 

What to do: It's important to always apply sunscreen, even in the colder months. Don’t just opt for any sunscreen, though. Mineral sunscreens or sun-blocking creams containing zinc will deliver the best results—and remember to reapply often! 

 

Not practicing proper skincare 

Skin issues are often determined by the cleanliness of your skin. It goes without saying that sleeping with your makeup on, along with the dirt and grime accumulated throughout the day, will never do your skin any favor. Skipping the other steps of skincare is also a big no-no. 

What to do: Use gentle cleansers that you can use every day without fail. Aside from that, regular exfoliation can diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and even prevent them from worsening. Why? Because this skincare step helps unclog pores, reduce hyperpigmentation, minimize the appearance of dark under-eye circles and crows feet, and even lessen excess oil production. 

 

Note that exfoliation can be drying, and dry skin can lead to wrinkles through the loss of skin elasticity. To avoid this, you need to add a suited moisturizer to your regimen. This traps water in your skin, giving it a more youthful, glowy, plump appearance.

What other factors cause skin aging? What steps do you take to ensure that you maintain your youthful glow?