Crow's feet, sagging, dark spots ... isn't getting old fun? Sarcasm aside, these things are a totally normal part of birthday.
As we age, the top layer of the skin (the epidermis) begins to thin, it also begins to lose elasticity and the skin can sag and can begin to to form deep lines and wrinkles.
In addition, the number of cells containing pigments decreases. Translation: age spots appear.
One expects to see these physical changes when he reaches a certain age. But what if you start to notice these signs of aging much earlier than expected?
This is called premature aging and it's a real bummer.
Read on to learn more about the topic and how to prevent premature skin aging.
What causes premature aging?
When it comes to skin, there are two types of aging. The first is called intrinsic aging and is essentially the natural aging process.
When you experience this, you may notice that the skin on your face appears a little thinner and drier and that fine lines begin to form. Genetics largely controls when this type of aging begins.
On the other hand, there is extrinsic aging, which occurs when the environment and lifestyle cause the skin to age prematurely.
Let's take a look at some of the lifestyle choices that can wreak havoc on previously youthful skin and lead to premature skin aging.
Too much sun
You may like to be dark but your skin is not going to thank you. First of all, you have to consider skin cancer, but in addition, sun damage is actually one of the biggest culprits when it comes to causing wrinkles in men.
Research has found that UV exposure can reduce the elastic properties of the skin, causing more wrinkles to appear.
You can discover more in: Sun-damaged skin: How to prevent and repair
There are a multitude of reasons why smoking is bad and premature aging is one of them.
Studies have found that tobacco use impairs collagen production and increases tropoelastin and matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) production. And what about that? MMP causes an increase in the thickness of skin cells, which causes a wrinkled appearance.
Not drinking enough water
This is very simple. If you don't drink enough water, your skin is dehydrated. And the thirstier your skin is, the older it appears. Does it make sense?
For example, alcohol is dehydrating, so if you drink too much, you can get dry skin and start to look older.
How to prevent premature aging
Now comes the important thing: How to take care of your skin and control premature aging.
With a few simple changes to your lifestyle you can delay aging and achieve healthier skin.
Here are some things you should try:
Always use SPF
Even on a cloudy day, exposure to the sun's harmful rays can penetrate your skin. So whenever you're outdoors, wear sunscreen.
Put down the cigarettes
If you are a smoker, quitting smoking may seem difficult, but for your health (and for your skin), you should do it.
Drink lots of water
Prevent your skin from becoming dehydrated by increasing your daily water intake. It is suggested that men drink about 3.7 liters a day to stay hydrated.
Gulping down a large glass with every meal and carrying a bottle of water throughout the day can help you reach this goal.
Take care of the skin thoroughly
Fight premature aging by taking care of your skin.
How is it done? Using skin care products specifically formulated to delay extrinsic aging and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
As mentioned above, dehydration of the skin can cause wrinkles and worsen the appearance of your skin.
In addition to drinking lots of water, using a high-quality moisturizing cream can help keep skin looking younger.
You should use it daily, ideally in the morning and at night, to obtain the best results.