The 5 Most Damaging Things for Your Skin

Undoubtedly, the part of our body with which we are most concerned is our face.

Our faces are what we use to meet the world every day, and the majority of people are worried about how their face looks. 

Our faces are probably the most overworked part of us, as we use them for eating, drinking, talking, and expressing ourselves.

We frown, smile, laugh, smirk, and squint all the time, often without realizing we are doing so, and every time we do use our faces, it does just a little bit more harm to the appearance of our skin.

Our faces even get something of a workout while we sleep as we go through dreams, and frowning is quite common during our dream cycle.

Be Aware of What Can Harm Your Skin

There are a number of things that can cause damage to your skin, some of which you will be able to control, and some which you will not.

Most of us will expose ourselves to one or more of these from time to time, but keeping them in mind can help to keep your skin looking good for as long as possible.

1. Exposure to the sun

Bad news for those who like to sunbathe is that most of the harm done to our skin is done by the sun.

There is no other element that can hurt your skin more than the UV rays from the sun. The sun produces three kinds of ultraviolet rays: UVA, UVB, and UVC.

We needn’t concern ourselves with UVC rays since they never reach the surface of the earth.

However UVA rays penetrate down into the dermis to damage DNA, collagen, and elastin, and UVB rays affect primarily the epidermis where they cause sunburn, wrinkling, dehydration, and basal cell skin cancer.

2. Stress and anxiety

Stress and anxiety can also cause damage to your skin. When you are under stress, especially unrelenting stress, your body releases cortisol, which normally would give you an edge in ‘threatening’ situations.

Cortisol not only makes the skin much more likely to age too soon, it also can cause acne.

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3. Smoking

Next to overexposure to the sun, smoking can be one of the most detrimental contributors to aging your skin.

The nicotine in tobacco products causes the blood vessels to become narrower, meaning that the oxygen and nutrients that would normally be delivered to your skin’s cells is diminished, so that they are starving, in effect.

These cells are unable to withstand external and internal pressures being put upon them and are much more likely to wind up as wrinkles. The skin of smokers often looks rather dull and pasty, as well.

4. Hormonal Changes

Hormones can also cause damage to your skin, especially during the years of puberty.

During this period, as the transition is made to adulthood, both young men and women will be subject to fluctuations that can cause their sebaceous glands to produce too much sebum.

Should this excess sebum become trapped by a clogged pore, there will be a good chance that a pimple, and perhaps acne, will develop.

5. Chocolate and fast foods

Chocolate and fast foods will not cause pimples, which is good news for those who enjoy a piece or two of chocolate every day.

However, depending on fast food and junk food can have a direct, and negative impact on your skin.

When the wrong kinds of foods constitute your diet, your body will not have an adequate means of keeping your organs and tissues properly nourished.

A poor diet will not contain the vitamins, proteins, and minerals that your skin needs to stay healthy.

For a Radiant Skin

You will not have much control over genetic factors that might affect your skin, but you can have a good deal of control over external factors.

The start of good, healthy skin is to follow a regimen of care that will keep your skin young looking, and less likely to develop wrinkles or acne.

1. Avoid getting a tan

There is actually no reason whatsoever to actively try to get a tan. Be happy with the skin tone with which Nature has provided you.

Use a sunscreen whenever you go out during the summer, and wear a hat to protect your face further.

2. Avoid over-washing your face

Do not wash your face too much. The temptation is always there, for those who have oily skin especially, to wash your face as soon as it starts to look shiny.

However, this will only stimulate the sebaceous glands to produce more oil.

3. Make sure you stay hydrated all the day

Stay hydrated; when your skin is dry, it loses the ability to bounce back when you use your face expressively, so wrinkles are more likely to form.

4. Make a good use of moisturizers

Make sure that you use a moisturizer, even if you have oily or combination skin. There are water based moisturizers that are excellent at keeping oily skin protected without causing any further problems with acne.

5. Avoid and eliminate stress

You should make an effort to remove stress from your life as much as possible. Some people find that meditation or prayers will help them to relax and get their stress hormones under control, but stress is also erased while we sleep, so be sure to get enough hours of rest every night, too.

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