As you age, collagen and elastin tissue in the human skin weakens. It makes the skin elasticity decreases so that there are signs of aging, such as wrinkles. It turns out that this condition does not only occur in people who have aged, even young people can experience it. So, what causes them to experience premature aging?
You are said to be experiencing premature aging when you look older than you should be. If that happens, it could be your daily habits that accelerate the emergence of these signs of aging.
The following are 5 habits that can accelerate aging of the skin and how to overcome them.
Exposed to sunlight without protection
Consuming excessive alcoholic drinks
Lack of sleep
Ultraviolet (UV) rays emitted from the sun can damage the elastic tissue on the skin. The result, the skin becomes easily wrinkled prematurely. Not only that, often exposed to sunlight can also trigger the production of aging spots colored brown (hyperpigmentation) on the face, hands, and other areas of the body that are often exposed to sunlight.
In addition to premature aging, sunlight can make the skin turn black and increase the risk of skin cancer.
To avoid the danger of sunlight, you can use a sunscreen with an SPF level of at least 15 each time before your outdoor activities. It is strongly recommended to wear it from 11:00 to 15:00, both in hot or cloudy weather.
You can get more protection by combining sunscreen with other skin protectors, such as wide-brimmed hats, umbrellas, sunglasses, or loose clothing that covers the skin.
Not only has a negative impact on health, smoking can also affect your appearance. Smokers experience premature aging faster due to damage to body tissues by toxic substances in cigarettes, and there is an obstacle in blood circulation to the face. This will accelerate the emergence of wrinkles and make it look clearer, and facial blushes become dull.
So, if you want to stay young longer, stop smoking.
Alcoholic drinks are proven to cause premature aging of the skin. This is not much different from the effects of smoking, which is due to damage to skin tissue due to the effects of free radicals. This effect will be seen more quickly if you are often exposed to UV light, excessive stress, and do not maintain a good diet.
In addition, alcohol can also reduce levels of vitamin A, vitamin B3, and vitamin C, in the body. These three vitamins are antioxidants that are important for the regeneration of new cells.
In addition to avoiding premature aging of the skin, stopping the habit of drinking alcoholic beverages also aims to avoid the negative effects on the body.
Eating patterns also affect the condition of your skin. Foods with poor nutritional content can cause premature aging. One mechanism is to cause chronic inflammation in the body, for example by trans fat contained in your food. Some examples of foods that can trigger premature aging are processed carbohydrates (such as bread or pasta), and foods that contain too much sugar. Both of these foods can damage collagen on the skin.
Other types of food that should be limited, include fried foods, sweet cakes, fast food, and fatty meats. Instead, multiply the consumption of foods rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants are found in nuts, grapes, berries, broccoli, carrots, green tea, and whole grains.
Sleep deprivation or poor sleep quality not only has a negative impact on health, but can also lead to premature aging of the skin. Research shows that people who have chronic sleep disorders are more at risk of developing skin disorders, including premature aging. Sleep deprivation can affect one’s appearance so that it looks less fresh.
Aging is part of the body’s natural process, but not the case with premature aging. You can avoid premature aging. The trick, is to change your bad habits, so you have healthy skin and stay young. Do not forget, increasing the consumption of water and regular exercise also has a positive impact on your skin. If necessary, you can consult a doctor to get an anti-aging examination and treatment.