A proper skincare routine helps prevent premature skin ageing. But at some point, the first fine lines, dark circles, enlarged pores, maybe even pigmentation spots will still start to appear. That’s because skin ageing is a natural process, and some skin changes are inevitable. The only thing you can control is the age at which these signs start to appear – the better you take care of your skin and avoid certain harmful habits, the more you’ll enjoy healthy, velvety, youthful-looking skin.
Here are the factors that lead to premature skin ageing:
- Exposure to UV radiation
One of your skin’s biggest enemies is the sun. Studies have shown that about 90% of the skin changes we attribute to natural skin ageing are caused by exposure to UV radiation. Have you thought that maybe those wrinkles are not necessarily an effect of the aging process, but rather an effect of prolonged exposure to the sun without UV protection? Ultraviolet radiation breaks down collagen and elastin, increases melanin production, and this leads to premature wrinkles and pigmentation spots. You can read here about how harmful ultraviolet rays can be.
Smoking is one of the vices with the most serious effects on your health – it damages your lungs, heart, brain and the blood vessels responsible for transporting oxygen to the skin. If your skin doesn’t get enough oxygen, wrinkles start to appear. In fact, people who smoke are more easily recognizable because they have wrinkles around the mouth, spots on their face, fingers and teeth (which occur as a result of nicotine). Studies have shown that a 35-year-old heavy smoker is actually biologically 50 years old because their whole body is ageing.
Your body ages faster when it’s dehydrated, and that includes your skin. As the years go by, collagen production decreases, so skin loses its firmness and elasticity. As dehydration occurs and hyaluronic acid levels decrease, the skin also loses its ability to hold water in the tissues. Skin becomes dry and rough and wrinkles begin to appear. This danger of dehydration is especially apparent in the cold season.
Of course, there are other factors that cause premature ageing of the skin: alcohol consumption, lack of sleep, constant stress or unhealthy eating habits (excessive consumption of fast food or sweets).
How can you get rid of signs of skin ageing?
If you have reached the point where signs of skin ageing have started to appear, the first step you should take is to consult a specialist to prescribe a suitable treatment. Depending on how deep these signs are in your skin, your specialist may recommend a skincare routine with professional products or certain procedures to fade wrinkles or pigmentation spots. For example, at Deluxe Clinic we use microneedling treatment to stimulate collagen and elastin production, various peels or IPL therapy to reduce pigmentation spots.
The youthful look of your skin requires effort and time invested on your part. A proper skincare routine and regular cosmetic treatments can help you have skin that is smooth and soft to the touch. Book an appointment at our clinic for a consultation and a personalized treatment, tailored to your skin problems!