Truth to be told, we are in constant exposure to several environmental factors which contributes to premature aging. The unwanted signs of aging will become visible sooner than expected. The best thing you can do is to stay away from there. Here are the top culprits that takes a toll on our road to an aging skin.
Majority of the visible signs of aging is caused by the harmful rays of the sun. The sun itself emits infrared, light radiation and ultraviolet rays. The radiation it produces can and will accelerate the aging of the skin. Both the UVA and UVB radiation can cause the different forms of skin damage from fine lines, wrinkles, freckles to dry and rough skin. Longer term of UV exposure also leads to pigmentation, degradation of the skin’s texture and reduction of the skin’s elasticity.
Free radicals in our environment can be present in cigarette smoke, herbicides, pollution, UV rays and other sources of radiation including tanning beds. If our body cannot handle the activity of free radicals around us, it will take a toll on our skin and lead to the premature aging of the skin. The cells and tissues will be greatly affected and they might not be able to perform properly. The gradual accumulation of the free radicals in our body will ultimately lead to premature aging.
Pollution is another contributor in our aging process, it includes cigarette smoke, pollution and smog as well as other common sources of air pollution. These pollutants can have a damaging effect on the skin and it is best advised to avoid them as well. Cigarette smoke is known to be associated with the break down of collagen production and loss of elastic fibers. The effect of air pollution on the skin has the same kind of effect as seen with constant exposure to UV rays.
Even the exposure to extreme weather can contribute to the acceleration of skin aging. Being in constant exposure to low temperatures and cold winds will make the skin dry. The lack of humidity in the cold air causes the skin to lose its moisture faster than normal. It will result in a flaky and patchy skin, which will later turn into a dull and sallow appearance. And worse, being in extreme exposure to the cold weather can make the skin easier to break, getting little cuts on the skin will become normal and incredibly painful to handle.
In order to slow down skin aging, start avoiding these daily environmental factors. Help your skin in becoming healthier and younger-looking. Have a lifestyle check in order to determine which factor can lead to premature skin aging. Start following these simple and easy anti aging regimen:
- Avoid exposure to the sun
- Apply generous amount of daily sunscreen
- Apply a daily facial moisturizer
- Stop smoking or stay away from smokers
- Aim for an 8 hours of sleep each night
- Drink at least 8 glasses of water
- Have a healthy and well balanced diet
- Wash your twice a day
- Exercise regularly
- Drink less alcohol