It's easy to point fingers at what supposedly causes skin damage, but today we're finally going to get to the bottom of it. Here's a lowdown on the 5 common culprits in skin damage:
Regardless of how healthy we all try to be, we will always have free radicals present in our bodies. This is because they can come from anything and everywhere. Sometimes something as healthy as spinach can be the cause. Free radicals are unstable oxygen molecules. With regards to the skin, doctors say that the UV rays from the sun can damage DNA and cause skin damage. Free radicals, in unmanageable amounts, can even cause skin cancer. Products that contain vitamin C and vitamin E can help in lessening the effects of free radicals on the skin, but you can also combat the damage through the proper diet of whole foods that are rich in antioxidants like berries, carrots, spinach, broccoli and green tea.
Sun exposure is arguably the biggest cause of skin damage. The UV rays of the sun break down the skin’s elastin and collagen—both of which are responsible for maintaining the appearance of plump and smooth skin. UV rays may also affect your skin’s pigmentation, which will cause the appearance of age spots and wrinkles to be more prominent. To avoid skin damage, stay out of the sun from 10 am-3 pm. Wear sunglasses, a hat or cover up as much skin as possible. Apply sunscreen on the exposed areas of the skin every 2-3 hours for maximum protection.
A smoker’s skin will always show more signs of wear compared to a nonsmoker’s skin. It will be duller and may wrinkle more easily. That’s because smoking causes the constriction of blood vessels, which affects circulation and repair of skin tissues. When you smoke, your skin is robbed of vital nutrients and oxygen. In addition, second hand smoke also causes the elastic fibers in your skin to lose slack, which may lead to sagging and eventually, wrinkles. To kick the habit, there are several ways to cope with nicotine addiction. Nicotine gum, lozenges, nasal spray and even patches can help you quit smoking. If nicotine-addiction isn’t the problem, then you may want to find something else to do in your free time or during socials.
All sorts of chemicals found in everyday products such as facial wash, make-up, shampoo and deodorant can all cause negative side effects on the skin.
Those with sensitive skin are obviously more susceptible to irritation. Bleach and ammonia are common irritants. Fragrances are also found to be triggers of allergic reactions.To protect your skin from skin irritants, you may use mild products that are deemed safe for babies or young children. Natural products are best because they are free from artificial preservatives and artificial ingredients.
Do you always make funny faces? Are you known as the expressive one in the group? Do you always pull on your skin? If you’ve answered yes to both questions, you may be prone to the development of wrinkles in the parts of your face that crinkle, such as around the mouth and eyes. This is not a problem per se, but if you find it bothersome, you may want to express yourself through other ways and not so much through your face.