Why You Have More Damaged Skin Than Ever Before (and How to Fix It)
We’re often too busy to worry about if we have damaged skin. The problem is that our busy lifestyles can be the very cause of many of our skin woes. Today, more than ever before, your skin is exposed to potentially damaging elements that are lurking in some unlikely places. We know you’re probably aware of the risks of sun damage and you liberally slather on the SPF 30 before you head out to have fun in the sun (right?), but before you step out to enjoy beautiful South Florida this summer, take a moment to consider these less-thought-of causes of skin damage:
You’re likely spending too much time indoors.
Thank goodness smoking indoors is no longer acceptable in public places. Despite this risk factor, there are many other ways to get damaged skin by too much time indoors. A lot of us spend all day in offices with air conditioning. AC can actually sap moisture from the air and dry your skin. Spending too much time inside also means you may not be getting enough exercise. Exercise is a great way to increase blood flow to replenish your skin. It can also reduce stress, which leads us to our next point…
You’re moving at the speed of life.
We’ve all heard that stress can add years to a person’s appearance, but most of the time we don’t think about this when we’re rushing to make an appointment or frantically trying to meet a deadline. Let’s face it, the pace of life has only increased over the years. Today, there are more demands on us than ever before, and it’s taking a toll on our skin. Stress can cause eczema, rashes, inflammation, acne, and wrinkles, among other things that can cause damaged skin.
Our crazy schedules means that we have less time for relaxation and sleep, which gives the skin a chance to recover and rejuvenate. Lack of sleep can cau
se redness, dark circles, and many other skin problems. As part of our busy lifestyles, we also spend more time with our mobile phones pressed to our ears. This constantly puts dirt, bacteria, and oils on our skin that can lead to breakouts. Put the phone down. Chill out. Take a nap. Your skin deserves it.
Poor eating habits are sabotaging your skin.
As we’re exposed to more and more processed foods in our daily diets, we may not always know what we’re putting in our bodies. Our skin is the outward manifestation of our general health, so what we’re eating can directly affect how we look. Specifically, eating foods high in sodium can dry your skin while eating sugar in excess can lead to premature aging and can exacerbate conditions like acne and rosacea. What you may not realize is that many of the foods you perceive to be healthy actually contai
n added sugars and sodium. On the flip side, foods high in antioxidants can help prevent wrinkles.
As a side effect of a busy lifestyle, you may be inclined to skip meals, overconsume coffee, and not drink recommended amounts of water each day. All of these things contribute to poor skin health. Choosing to care for yourself with rest, hydration, and a balanced diet isn’t selfish, it’s necessary to keep your skin looking vibrant.
Chemicals are all around you.
Do you know what’s in your water? The water you shower with can be treated with a number of chemicals and these chemicals can affect your skin. Additionally, showering too long or with water that’s too hot can strip a layer of your skin and increase dryness by removing essential oils. Reduce the time you spend in the water to keep your skin healthy and fresh.
Chemicals can also be found in the beauty products we use on a daily basis. With so many products available on the market, many people use more products on their skin than they actually need, which can do more harm than good. To prevent this from happening, use high-quality products with natural ingredients and limit the amount of products you use.
You’ve been exposed.
I know we’ve already mentioned the dangers of sunlight to the skin, but it bears more consideration. The ozone layer that once protected us from the sun’s harmful UV rays has been thinning, which means it’s more dangerous than ever to expose our skin to the natural elements. Especially between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm, the sun’s harmful rays can damage unprotected skin and even lead to skin cancer. Whenever you plan to be outside in direct sunlight for more than ten minutes, be sure to apply sunscreen and wear protective clothing. Your skin will thank you.
With summer on the way and the beach calling, hopefully we’ll all have a little time to relax and reflect on how to take better care of our skin all year long.