Skin aging is one of life’s realities. It is inevitable and exempts no one. However, the good news is you can actually do something to slow it down or significantly reduce its appearance through a wide range of services here at our Honolulu dermatology practice.
By and large, the factors affecting aging can be classified as intrinsic and extrinsic. The former refers to genetics while the latter has largely to do with your lifestyle and surrounding environment. Genetics may not be controlled but you can actually take measures to modify the extrinsic factors to your advantage and slow down aging in the process.
1. Quit smoking. Certain chemicals in cigarette smoke reduces the ability of your blood vessels to carry oxygen to the rest of your body from the heart. When your body is deprived of oxygen, certain free radicals that are damaging to your skin are produced. This results to the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and overall dullness.
2. Get enough sleep and rest. Sleep is your body’s way of recovery from constant exposure to elements that accelerate skin aging such as stress and pollution. In addition, try to sleep on your back as much as possible as sleeping on your side can accelerate the appearance of wrinkles in your face. In addition, the weight of your head on the surface of the pillow or bed could impede blood flow, depriving oxygen in that part of the body.
3. Avoid spending long hours under the sun, particularly during midday. Exposure to ultraviolet radiation destroys the skin’s elastin and collagen. Both are responsible for the plump and youthful-looking appearance of the skin. However, a reduction of both can lead to thinning of the skin and ultimately, the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
4. Moisturize. Having extremely dry skin is one of the precursors of premature skin aging. Unfortunately, everyone is constantly exposed to environmental elements that can result to skin dryness. Thus, it is crucial to incorporate moisturizers in one’s daily skin care routine.
5. Avoid highly processed meals and make an effort to eat from whole food sources. Beauty, they say, comes from within. One doesn’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out the connection between what you eat and the state of your skin’s health. This scientific paper reports on the relationship between nutrition and skin aging in detail.
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Here at our Honolulu dermatology practice, we understand that each individual is different and we make it a point to provide meticulously-personalized skin care plans. Get in touch with us today by calling 808-949-7568 or by filling out this contact form today to schedule a consultation. We look forward to your visit!