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7 Things that Age Your Skin

Have you recently begun to notice some signs of aging in your skin? Maybe your skin just isn’t as vibrant as it used to be, or perhaps you’re beginning to see crow’s feet and wrinkles on your face. Either way, there’s a good chance you’re looking for some advice when it comes to slowing down the aging process and enjoying healthier, more youthful looking skin once again. Read on to explore seven of the main causes of aging skin, along with a few anti aging home remedies that you may want to give a try for yourself.

Pollution

Do you live in an area with high levels of air pollution? If so, then your skin could be suffering as a result. Pollution, such as soot in the air, is known to land on your skin and be absorbed into it. Over time, the damage done can be similar to that caused by prolonged sun exposure. The best thing you can do to avoid these effects from pollution is to wash your face at least once a day as a means of removing the impurities from your skin.

Sun Exposure

Speaking of sun exposure, here’s another one that can caused a great deal of damage to your skin. Ideally, you should be wearing sunscreen every time you go outside, but at the very least when you are out in the sun for prolonged periods of time (such as while at the beach or out on a day trip to an amusement park). By wearing the right sunscreen, you can protect your skin from damaging UVA and UVB rays while also reducing your risk of developing skin cancer.

Sun Screen

Wait…didn’t we just say that sunscreen was the best way to protect yourself from sun screen? This remains true, but it’s really a matter of finding the right sunscreen because, believe it or not, some sunscreens can be just about as damaging to your skin as not wearing sunscreen at all. Specifically, stay away from sunscreen sprays that are heavy in chemicals or that promise “no residue.” While these may be more comfortable to wear, they’re not as good for your skin.

Living in the City

If you live or work in the big city, you probably don’t realize what you’re putting your skin through. Being in areas where the sun is greatly refracted or reflected from skyscrapers, lines of car traffic, and even sidewalks can cause a great deal of skin damage and premature aging. Of course, we’re not saying you should pack up and move to the country, but you might want to consider wearing more hats and sunscreen while in the city, in addition to avoiding being outdoors in a big city when the sun is strongest (typically late morning to afternoon).

Makeup

Do you tend to wear your makeup to sleep? That’s a habit you’ll want to get out of; wearing makeup overnight can clog your pores while also making your skin more sensitive. Instead of wearing your makeup to bed, remove it with a gentle makeup remover product and apply a moisturizer before you go to bed instead. Your skin will thank you for it and you’ll look younger as a result.

Chemical Skin Treatments

If you use harsh chemicals on your skin to fight acne or any other skin ailment you may have, you could also be doing more damage to your skin than good. Instead, try some natural alternatives to treat the symptoms without harming your skin in the process. For example, consider whipping up your own face mask at home.

Excessive Heat

Finally, exposing your skin to excessive heat (whether from a sauna or from being out in hot temperatures) can also be bad for your skin, as it can hinder your collagen production. If possible, avoid exercising outside on excessively hot days and cut down on the frequency with which you visit the sauna. By being aware of the causes of skin aging and how to avoid them, you can make changes to support healthier and more naturally beautiful skin.

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