Are you ready to hear the truth about keeping your skin young?
We promised we would give you the secret so here it is: There is no secret to healthy skin. Before you quit reading this article, hear us out. There may not be onesecret to younger looking skin but that doesn't mean you're out of luck. Your skin is a very complex organ. It is constantly encountering harmful chemicals, facing UV rays and enduring harsh environmental factors. The combination of your lifestyle and habits can either help your skin be strong or cause it to suffer. We don't want you to think there is one secret to younger looking skin because that wouldn't be helpful. No matter what, there are things you can do better to take care of the largest organ on your body. Our goal is to give you some beneficial ways to take care of your skin each day. If you already do all our suggestions at home and you still don't have the skin you want call us. We can talk to you about our beneficial skin treatments. Here at Gulf View General Surgery, we are all about empowerment not cutting corners. Many cosmetic companies cut corners by claiming that their one product will transform aging skin instantly. You have likely encountered thousands of conflicting messages about how you can make old skin look new: "Use this sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun" or "don't use this sunscreen because it's full of harmful chemicals." What should you believe? You may have bought all of the products only to find, after use, that your skin looks the same. We aren't saying that you should give up on your skin. We aren't even saying that you should stop using cosmetic products to improve your skin. We are saying that you deserve to know why skin ages and what happens to your skin over time so that you can decide how to develop a skin care plan you're comfortable with. It's a discovery process; we hope to point you in the right direction so that you can be happy and proud of the skin you're in.
The Causes of Aging Skin
Free radicals may be the number one reason your skin gets damaged and starts to show signs of age. When the skin frequently encounters the sun's UV rays free radicals form and cause damage. The increase of free radicals(harmful substances) in the body come from the following:
- excessive drinking
- excessive UV rays /sun exposure
- psychological stress
- an unhealthy diet
- repetitive muscle movement
Did you know that even on cloudy, rainy or snowy days UV rays can reach your skin? Many dermatologists recommend that you apply sunscreen daily on the face, neck and hands to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. As you age, many changes occur. One change that causes wrinkle development is shrinking fat cells beneath the skin. The healthy fat that sits beneath the skin actually shrinks with age and causes less elasticity and firmness in your skin's appearance. Your collagen and elastin breaks down over the years, weakens the skin and causes it not to rebuild as easily as when you're young. With less support from healthy fat, creases or wrinkles form. Other known aging effects result in less moisture which gives the appearance of fine lines or wrinkles.
Here are the TopBad Habits that Lead to Aging Skin
- Stress- when you are stressed your body releases a hormone called cortisol to respond to any threat. If your body is continually producing cortisol it influences collagen breakdown in deep layers of the skin. Unfortunately as your skin's layers shift wrinkles form. Find ways to combat the stress in your life. We often suggest stress relief from spending quality time with loved ones, being outdoors or exercising.
- Sleeping with makeup on- throughout the day, your face meets with dirty particles in the air, and many other germs or toxins that you cannot see with the naked eye. Imagine what dirt and germs do to your skin when pressed up against a pillow all night? Dirt and makeup clogs your pores, may cause acne, and increases your risk of producing wrinkles as your skin cells don't get adequate oxygen.
- Spot treating pimples- spot treatment will rarely fix your acne problem. It will dry out that particular area though and make it more difficult for your skin to rebuild itself. If you ever struggle with acne, don't panic and revert to spot treatment. Instead, use a daily face wash that will support your skin's health long term.
- Switching to different skin products often- If you do not give a product enough time to work with your skin (an average skin cycle is 30 days) you may never get positive results. Try a skin product for 4 to 6 weeks before shocking your skin with a new product.
- Lack of sleep - remember how we talked about the hormone cortisol and stress? Sleep can significantly decrease the stress hormones giving your skin a break from the battle it faces each day. Adequate sleep improves overall well being and gives your skin cells necessary time to rejuvenate themselves.
- Using too many products on the skin- some skin just needs to breathe. If you are smothering it in layers of moisturizers and serums it may have too much going on. This could interfere with your skin's natural ability to regenerate and become healthier. Not all products are created equal either. Be sure to research your products to make sure they are not laden with harmful chemicals like the following: Retinyl palmitate, retinyl acetate, retinoic acid and retinol, tricolsan, parabens, or PEG/cetearetj/polyethylene
- Dehydration -as you get older, your body is less likely to hold the water it needs to have a glowing appearance. Water helps your skin to look firm and stay healthy. When your skin cells are dried out, they will have a more difficult time repairing themselves. Thus, dehydrated skin contributes to wrinkle formation.
- Poor eating- similarly to how dehydration dries out your skin cells and increases the formation of wrinkles, lack of nutrition will also deprive your skin cells of the vitamins and minerals it needs to rejuvenate. A healthy diet, consisting of many fruits and vegetables, will vastly improve your skin's health. When skin cells don't have the nutrients they need your skin will show signs of wear such as spots, blemishes or wrinkles.
- Harsh facial movements- if you are often rubbing your eyes and face, you are potentially stretching out your skin cells. Plus when you use your hands to rub or touch your face, the bacteria and germs from your hands will spread across your face and permeate the fragile skin cells. The skin around the eyes and mouth is particularly delicate, so even a regular habit of squinting can cause your skin to suffer. Be sure to wear sunglasses and be careful not to vigorously or frequently touch your face.
Be kind to your skin and it will be kind to your appearance. While there is not one secret to healthy skin, ifyou do your best the results will follow. If you feel that you are doing all the right things we mentioned above, call Dr. Perez-Soto today. She will happily listen to your needs and help you find the skin treatment plan that is just right for your skin. Tell us....what is your favorite skincare product or skincare habit?