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If the skin around your face and neck is aging faster than it should, it might be time to review your lifestyle. A seemingly harmless habit of yours might actually be damaging your skin and speeding up the aging process. Find out what these habits are and learn how to tweak them in order to be more age-friendly.
Why Your Skin Is Aging Too Fast
Here are the most common habits that cause premature aging of the skin:
- Rubbing your eyes
The skin around your eyes is the most delicate skin on your entire body. Constantly pulling, tugging, and rubbing your eye area will cause the surrounding skin to darken. Over time, this habit can lead to premature wrinkles and sagging.
- Indulging yourself with too much sugar
For those with a sweet tooth, candies and desserts are almost impossible to resist. However, according to experts, too much sugar can cause dull, brittle, and wrinkled skin. Sugar goes straight to your bloodstream and forms advanced glycation end products (AGEs), which can damage surrounding proteins such as elastin and collagen. These proteins are responsible for supporting your body’s tissues and maintaining firm and supple skin.
- Enjoying an alcoholic beverage every day
If you drink alcohol on a daily basis, it may be the reason your skin is aging too quickly. One of the side effects of alcohol is dilating small blood vessels in the skin and increasing the flow of blood near the skin’s surface. As time passes and you continue to drink every day, these blood vessels become damaged, causing broken vessels to appear on the skin’s surface. Since alcohol is also a known diuretic, it can dehydrate you and make your skin look ashy, lusterless, and aged. Furthermore, drinking too much alcohol can cause many problems in your health and family.
- Sipping through a straw
Pursing your lips to drink through a straw can carve deep lines and wrinkles around your mouth. “As you repeat this, the skin on top of that muscle changes so you get burrows, just like the creases you get in your forehead,” reveals Ronda S. Farah, M.D., assistant professor of dermatology at the University of Minnesota.
- Exposure to tobacco smoke
It’s no secret that smoking cigarettes, as well as breathing in secondhand smoke, is a serious health hazard and can accelerate the aging process. According to a plethora of studies, regular exposure to harmful cigarette smoke depletes the amount of vitamin C in the body, which is an essential ingredient to having healthy and glowing skin. As a result of constant exposure, the skin becomes dry and wrinkled.
- Prolonged and unprotected sun exposure
The ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun are leading contributors to skin that looks lifeless and damaged. Excessive exposure of unprotected skin to harmful UV rays is also the reason behind the development of sunburns, freckles, brown spots, wrinkles, dry patches, sagging skin, and malignant melanoma.
- Sacrificing a good night’s sleep
Sleep deprivation — or getting less than seven to eight hours of sleep each night — is associated with a multitude of health issues, including heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Adding to the list is facial aging. According to a 2019 study from Estée Lauder and University Hospitals Case Medical Center, women between the ages of 30 to 49 who reported sleeping less than five hours each night showed poor skin health, twice as many fine lines, uneven skin tone, and increased vulnerability to dehydrated skin compared to women who had seven hours or more of sleep a night.
- Waking up with a “pillow face” every morning
Your sleeping position matters as much as the number of hours you spend sleeping. Pressing your face into a pillow while sleeping on your stomach or side can break down your skin molecules, which can create permanent sleep wrinkles in your skin.
- Neglecting your high-stress levels
Being stressed directly shows on your face. When you feel irritated or anxious due to stress, you might be frowning or furrowing your eyebrows unconsciously. As time passes and you continue to make these facial expressions, the muscles in your face conform to that movement, which can lead to the formation of deep creases. To help prevent aging skin due to negative emotions, remember to keep your stress levels at bay and avoid frowning too much.
While you can easily change most of the habits on this list, what if the damage is done? What if you already have signs of premature skin aging?
How to Undo the Effects of Bad Habits on Your Skin
Introducing the Fotona 4D Laser Tightening treatment or Fotona 4D Facelift at Renew Stem Cell & Laser. This novel and innovative treatment protocol has been proven to address fine lines and wrinkles, skin laxity, loss of dermal volume, uneven skin, and rough skin texture on the face due to the natural process of aging and exposure to harsh elements, or as a result of certain habits. The Fotona 4D Facelift in Scottsdale, AZ is a full-thickness skin treatment that stimulates maximum collagen contraction, as well as aids the regeneration of collagen and elastin.
Specifically, the four unique laser modalities found within the FOTONA system aims to achieve the following:
- Plumps and smooths nasolabial lines
- Tightens the skin on the face and neck
- Improves skin texture and refines pores
- Reduces or eliminates fine lines and other static lines visible in aged skin
The Fotona 4D Laser Tightening treatment is non-invasive and non-surgical, with added benefits of easy adjustability for highly precise treatment. It is suitable for individuals who want a comprehensive, convenient, and effective treatment without going under the knife. Even the Kardashian sisters Kim and Khloe swear by the incredible results!
If you have additional inquiries about this state-of-the-art technology and would like to schedule an appointment, call our office now at 480-869-4666 or contact us online to begin your journey toward beautiful, youthful skin.