Your skin will only look as young as you treat it, based on what you consume and the activities you perform each day. Dr. Lensink shares his top 4 things to give up for younger looking skin that should help you get back on track. Studies performed around the world focus on the way food and your lifestyle affect premature aging; these results will tell you it’s best to take care and pay attention to what you put into your body and to be mindful of your stress levels.
If you’re experiencing drier skin than usual, then you may want to look at this list to see if anything is causing excessive dry skin, volume loss or reduced elasticity. When you consider the factors that affect your healthy skin, you can begin to understand how it behaves and what you need to do to maintain firm and active cells. Maybe it’s time you thought about what you might give up to change the look and feel of your skin.
Sugar may be sweet, but it has a dark side. Sodas and energy drinks are full of sugar, and people are drinking way too many of them. Sugary drinks, cookies, and candies ruin your skin because sugar molecules cling to your proteins, collagen and elastin fibers, which are responsible for rebuilding new cells. The more sugar you consume, the more sagging and volume loss you experience because your skin is oversaturated. When sugar gets in the way, new nutrients can’t get through, so your cells become dehydrated and inflammation occurs. Patients that have acne should stay away from excess sugar as much as possible. The next time you crave sugar, remember that your body is probably telling you it needs hydration.
When you drink caffeinated beverages like coffee, it is important to keep in mind that caffeine is a diuretic and draws water out of your body. Young skin is full of hydration and elasticity, so if you’re drinking excess amounts of caffeine and ignoring water, then your skin will look dry and dull. Caffeine reduces brightness and blood flow within constricted capillaries, and that means no new vitamins and minerals are making it through to replenish what’s lost. Try to reduce your caffeine intake and sugary additives—it’s a lethal combination.
Whether or not most people realize it, your skin changes to a darker hue because it’s trying desperately to protect itself from all the damage you’re doing to it. Tanning beds expose your skin to 10 times more UVA and UVB energy than when you’re outside in the real sunshine. As the skin absorbs this ultraviolet energy, the melanin in your skin comes together to protect the dermal layer, but the more you expose yourself, the higher your chances — 75% higher, in fact — of getting melanoma. There’s a reason you have to sign a waiver before you tan; not only does tanning damage your skin deeper than just the surface, but you’ll find that leathery and discolored cells are what’s left behind.
If you’re getting less than seven hours of sleep, you’re doing yourself serious harm. Losing sleep is the worst thing you can do when you’re overworked and stressed out because your tissues have no way of getting the attention they need. Sleeping is almost like sending your body off to Santa’s workshop for repair. The body can reduce various metabolic activities during your sleep cycle to focus on invigorating the immune system, cell renewal, and rejuvenation. Your practice in self-love starts with a good night’s sleep.
If you’re someone that loses sleep nightly, you’re more likely to make poor choices in diet, and this will show in your skin. Start with these four major skin rivals and notice how much sugar you consume or how little sleep you get. Once you begin incorporating more water into your diet with exercise to support your system, rest should come easily at the end of a long day. After a few weeks, your skin will begin responding to your efforts.