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We all age. That is the truth. We cannot avoid that, but we can accept it and choose to take measures to prevent it as much as we can. Chronological aging will happen. Premature aging, however, is due to external factors – things we can control.

What Causes Our Skin to Age Prematurely and How Can I Fight It?

There are several things that cause premature aging. We’re showing you the top factors that snatch that youthful look from us and how to prevent it.

Protect from Sun Damage

Sun

The most well-known factor that contributes to skin aging is sun damage. Overexposure to UV rays breaks down the collagen and elastin in your skin. More specifically, UVB causes skin cancer and sunburn, and UVA is responsible for premature aging. Make sure you use sunscreen whenever you’re outdoors and moisturize consistently. Try spray tanning instead of sunbathing. It’s an efficient way to get the bronzed look you want without exposing your skin to the damaging effects of the sun. You’re more than welcome to get in touch with us for more information. We’d be happy to assist you.

Sleep Deprivation

This is a tough one. Our lives tend to be so busy that it seems everything else takes priority over a good night sleep. The thing is that not getting enough rest doesn’t allow skin to regenerate and you will feel and look tired. This causes dark circles and bags under your eyes, and that makes skin saggy. We know it’s hard, but try to go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every day. Aim for 8 to 9 hours of sleep every night, and not only will you feel different, but your skin will definitely improve.

Smoking

This habit is pretty harsh on your skin. Smoking reduces the amount if Vitamin C in the blood, producing premature wrinkles. The most common areas where premature fine lines become present are on the sides of the eyes and above the upper lip. The typical smoking lines may show up 10 to 15 years before non-smokers get them. Avoiding these side effects is pretty simple. Stop smoking and avoid becoming a passive smoker as much as possible.

Diet to prevent aging

Additional Factors

Other things like excessive alcohol intake, stress, a bad diet, and poor hydration will also have a negative impact on your skin. Limit the amount of alcohol you consume, manage your stress in a healthy way, eat a balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruit and veggies (look for foods high in Vitamin C, which will stimulate collagen production), avoid processed foods, and drink plenty of water. We only get one skin. We might as well take good care of it.