As we grow older, a lot of things about us change including our skin. Fortunately, there are ways to fight the curse of aging by changing diet, stopping bad habit(s), and even applying over the counter moisturizers and creams.
In this article we will discuss
- Changes to our skin that come with aging
- How your lifestyle and diet affect your skin
- What you can do to battle the changes
Changes to our skin that come with aging
Our skin has a lot to endure as time passes. Position of sleeping, facial expressions/movements, and even gravity has an effect on our skin as we get older. Because of those factors, our skin will naturally become rougher and sag or hang loosely (also known as the loss of elastic tissue (elastin) in the skin).
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How your lifestyle and diet affect your skin
One of the biggest causes of the aforementioned sagging skin, is Ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun. While many of us enjoy tanning, its damage greatly outweighs its benefits. After all, Tan is the very definition of damaged skin. Those who tan regularly can look forward to the following as they age:
- Increased likelihood of skin cancer (including melanoma)
- Onset of wrinkles at an earlier age
- Spotted and leathery looking skin
- Loss of elastin
Smoking and drinking are also common bad habits that many people incorporate into their daily lifestyle. While it may feel good today, these behaviors come with lifelong consequences to one’s skin.
Often smokers develop dull and wrinkly skin at an earlier age also known as “Smokers Face.” Squinting to avoid getting smoke in ones’ eyes, and decreased blood flow are usually what doctors point to as the cause.
While those who drink heavily are usually dehydrated, and have their vital skin nutrients depleted after a “night on the town.” In addition, those who drink tend to have a poor diet. When you eat junk food, you are also feeding your skin that junk; resulting in greasy, possibly acne ridden skin.
What you can do to battle the changes
No longer just a buzz word, Antioxidants like Vitamins E, C, B and A are particularly important for healthy skin. Antioxidants protect your skin from everyday environmental factors. While you can find these in supplements, a healthy diet consisting of five to seven servings of fresh fruit and vegetables each day can supply most or all of these antioxidants.
In addition, exercising daily improves your circulation, decreases stress and tones your muscles. Improved circulation is vital to healthy skin. Also, the decrease in stress is also a mitigating factor in skin care. While exercising, if you are going to do it outside, remember to put on SPF 30+ sunblock and go out before or after peak sun hours which are between 10 A.M. – 4 P.M.
Webmd offers more details on how exercise can help your skin. Also, when and how to exercise to best benefit and have your skin looking its finest.