Skincare mistakes that are actually ageing you

Skincare mistakes that are actually ageing you
Skincare is a long term investment that should see you reaping the rewards until a ripe old age. However, some current skin issues you think your solving may be inadvertently causing future damage to your skin which can result in premature ageing, pigmentation, enlarged pores and speeding up the onset of wrinkles. 

Over exfoliation 
Whether it’s physical or chemical exfoliation, too much of a good thing is never a good idea. Especially if your young and your skin is a relatively good, it’s safer to reduce the amount of times you exfoliate as your over-exfoliating harms your skin’s hydrolipid barrier and ultimately reduces the hydration levels which can accelerate the formation of wrinkles. Many people are ditching the harsh scrubs and tools in favour of chemical exfoliants which are more gentle and even on the skin. If you’re over 30 it’s important to ramp up the exfoliation, because as we age our cell turnover slows down and dead skin cells can clog pores and create a dull appearance.

Diet
A good diet and lifestyle is essential in ensuring that you skin has the best chance of combating premature ageing. A balanced diet rich in vitamins and antioxidants is an undervalued contributor to youthful skin, as a healthy diet is essential in ensuring optimal cell function and eliminating free radicals internally. Additionally, the liquids you ingest can impact the quality of your skin. It goes without saying, skip the alcohol and caffeine and opt for water as much as possible, as dehydrated skin.

Not Using Sunscreen 
You’ve probably heard it a million times, but without sunscreen your entire skincare routine isn’t working at full capacity. Although your skin may look spot free on the surface, deep in the layers of the epidermis, pretty much every pimple or scar you’ve ever had is still thriving in the form of pigmentation. This can rise to the surface in the form of age spots with extended sun exposure as you get older, and can only be removed with intense laser therapy needed to break up the pigment. However, sunscreen is usually enough to prevent it from getting worse and stop future occurrences. Sunscreen is the most important element of anti-ageing hands down. 

Sleep
When you’re young, functioning on less than 8 hours of sleep is not a feat, however, the effects of lack of sleep can catch up with you in the long run. Sleep is a crucial part of the body’s regeneration process as the time is used to ensure cortisol is eliminated and any inflammation is reduced, which in turn ensures that your skin remains balanced, hydrated and renewed. Not only is how much sleep you get important, but the way you sleep can also cause premature ageing. Although sleeping on your side or stomach is the most comfortable way to get your Zs, it can be harmful for your skin, as your skin is pushed up against a pillow for hours which can inevitably cause wrinkles. The best position for sleep is on your back

Consistency
Consistency is key for everything, including your skincare routine. Having nights where you don’t remove your makeup or constantly changing up your products isn’t good for your skin. Several weeks of using a product are needed to see the effects in your skin and not confusing your skin with multiple products is essential

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