5 Habits That Age Your Skin

Facial care - woman removing make-upAs a licensed and practicing aesthetician, it’s my job to make sure my client’s skin is gorgeous, and well taken care of. That being said, I can only do so much – the rest has to be done at home, by the client. As for big no-nos when it comes to your skin, many people have bad skin care habits that are prematurely aging their skin! I’ll fill you in on 5 habits that will most definitely speed up the aging process.

1. Forgetting to Cleanse at Night
I think every woman who wears makeup has done this at least once in her lifetime! If you want to avoid potential breakouts, you need to perform that nightly cleanse routine. Throughout the day, your skin is overrun by environmental pollutants, like dirt and pollen, and this builds up on your skin, invading your pores. If you don’t wash your skin at night, your skin becomes a bacterial breeding ground, potentially causing complexion problems.

2. Skipping Exfoliation
There are so many reasons to exfoliate your skin! Not exfoliating often enough can put a huge damper on your skin care regimen. Exfoliating can scuff off dead skin cells at the surface of your skin and also clean clogged pores. For those who have prominent brown spots, exfoliation can help to break up the pigmented cells, helping them to face, making your skin look years younger.

3. Too Much Exfoliation
As with most things, too much of a good thing really is too much! It’s important to listen to your skin. When you overzealously exfoliate your skin, you can damage it, and end up causing additional breakouts. This is because exfoliating too much triggers the inflammatory response, compromising the lipid barrier of your skin, accelerating premature aging. 1-2 times per week should be sufficient when exfoliating your face.

4. Thinking You Only Need SPF When It’s Sunny
Even if it’s raining, or snowing or we’re experiencing an all-encompassing lunar eclipse, tunneling us into total darkness (ok, maybe not then), you need to be wearing SPF! Here’s why, UVB rays are the ones that cause sunburn and there are many more of these rays in the summer. But, many of us don’t know that UVA rays are the ones that penetrate to the deepest, darkest layers of our skin and cause the most damage. UVA rays are also 95% of the UV rays radiated by the sun, and are consistent and constant throughout the year. So put on the SPF and fight off those pesky UV rays year-round!

5. Consuming Too Much Sugar
I know, I know, we were all hoping that consuming chocolate on a regular basis was good for anti-aging and weight-loss, but alas, it just wasn’t meant to be. It’s a bitter (not sweet) pill to swallow, but those experts in the field of skin care are now saying that indulging in too much sugar over the years can cause skin to become wrinkled and dull. The science behind this surrounds a natural process known as glycation. This is where the sugar in your bloodstream attaches to proteins in the body and this forms these new molecules that are harmful, called advanced glycation end (AGEs) products. The more sugar you consume, the more ages you will develop in your body, which directly affect collagen and elastin – the protein fibers that keep your skin elastic and firm (and young looking).

Avoiding these 5 bad habits might save your skin, and save you time and money in anti-aging skin care efforts down the road!

Here’s to your beautiful, lively skin (and the habits you’re leaving behind),

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  1. Cheryl December 10, 2014 at 10:45 pm - Reply

    Hmmm … didn’t know about the sugar thing, Tonja — thanks for sharing it. I need to know about it even if I don’t like it!


  2. MIdori Verity December 11, 2014 at 12:33 am - Reply

    Had a feeling my sweet tooth was a problem!

  3. Mia December 11, 2014 at 1:42 am - Reply

    The older I get the more I want to understand about my body. Great article.

  4. Jennifer December 11, 2014 at 8:09 am - Reply

    Such good advice…..sugar really!!?? Darn it!

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