The ultraviolet rays of the sun break down collagen and elastin, which keep your skin looking plump and smooth. They also affect melanocytes, which can lead to changes in your skin’s pigmentation. The aging effects of the sun eventually show on your skin as wrinkles, age spots (patches of brown spots), and possibly skin cancer.
To avoid the skin damage that can be caused by the sun, it is best to stay out of the sun during the middle of the day when the sun’s rays are strongest. Wear protective clothing such as a hat, and use a broad-spectrum sunscreen — one that protects against both types of harmful ultraviolet rays, UVA and UVB — with a sun protection factor of 15.
One of the ways the sun damages your skin is through the production of harmful substances called free radicals. Free radicals are unstable oxygen molecules with an unpaired electron. Also, ultraviolet light from the sun can lead to damaged DNA and skin damage. Free radicals could even play a role in the development of skin cancer. They are also the result of exposure to tobacco products or other factors in the environment. Some skin care products contain antioxidants such as vitamins C and E that aide in reducing the aging effects that free radicals have on your skin. Eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, which contain antioxidants (especially berries, broccoli, carrots, sweet-potatoes, okra, and spinach), is also good for healthy skin.
Overall, the skin of a smoker isn’t as healthy and doesn’t heal as well as a nonsmoker’s skin. It also has a tendency to wrinkle easily. That’s because smoking cigarettes causes all of your blood vessels to constrict, or get more narrow, including the vessels that feed the outer layers of your skin.
When you smoke, your skin gets less of the oxygen and nutrients it needs to stay healthy, and that leads to wrinkles. In addition, smoking causes elastic fibers in the skin to thicken, which means your skin won’t snap back into shape as well and you can experience sagging. The more you smoke, the more likely it is to happen. When you smoke two packs a day and you’ve done it for 20 years, you have a 40-pack history. The bigger that number, the more skin damage you’ll see.
Nicotine gum, inhalers, lozenges, nasal spray, and patches can all aide you to quit, along with prescription medications such as Zyban (bupropion), Chantix (varenicline), Aventyl (nortriptyline), and Catapres (clonidine). Talk to your doctor about the best option for you. However, it is the most rewarding when in your own understanding you make that decision by yourself and the rewards are that you did it..!
Chemicals in cleaning products and laundry detergent can cause red, irritated skin and allergies in people who are susceptible. Ammonia and bleaches have a tendency to irritate skin. These chemicals may cause contact dermatitis, which is scaling and irritation, and sometimes even a chemical burn. People with more sensitive skin will experience more skin irritation than others. There are also more than 3,000 substances in our environment that can cause allergies.
The easiest way to protect your skin from irritants is to avoid contact, either by wearing gloves when you clean or do dishes or by switching to less irritating products. Also, moisturizing your skin can help. Some people may need antihistamine or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for treatment.
Smiles and Frowns
It’s a simple fact that as you age your skin loses its elasticity and doesn’t snap back into place after you make facial expressions the way it did when you were younger. As a result, your skin will show wrinkles even when you’re not frowning or laughing.
No one would say to stop living life or showing expression on your face. However, you can combat aging effects by preventing skin damage from the sun with sunscreen. You might also consider using having a personalized treatment care to smooth out the skin through healthy nutrition and products that you already have at home. There are a host of procedures available in combination with the way you eat that aim to reduce wrinkles. These procedures include: IPL, microdermabrasion, peels, organic resurfacing, and natural vitamins, minerals, collagen and elastin.
The aging effects of the environment can certainly show up in the mirror, however there’s no reason you can't start to focus in your image-health-beauty. Simply give us a call and we will be happy to book an appointment for you.