The things that age our skin are no mystery. However, you might be a bit more fuzzy on the details. So, we’ve done a bit of research and uncovered all the whys and wherefores about some of the most common factors that age our skin.

Alcohol

This contributes to ageing our skin by dilating small blood vessels in the skin and increasing blood flow near the surface. This can damage blood vessels, and long term exposure to this will do permanent damage, shown in a flushed appearance and broken vessels near the surface. While we’re not saying that odd glass of wine is a bad thing, reducing any prolonged over indulgence can go a long way to help your skin.

Cigarette Smoke

We all know the health risks of smoking, so we’re going to try not to sound like a broken record. However, cigarette smoke has been shown to have a significant negative effect on the skin, contributing to wrinkles and dryness. This is partly due to the action of smoking, but the smoke can also deplete the vitamin C in your body – which is an important part of having plump and supple skin.

Sun Exposure

Skimping on your sun protection is one of the fast tracks to aged and leathery looking skin. Wearing sunscreen year round is essential – on overcast days as well as when hitting the beach. UVA rays are the main culprit for ageing our skin, penetrating deep into the layers. UVB rays are what gives us sunburn, and are what causes skin cancer. It’s essential to protect your skin from both, so make sure your sunscreen is doing its job.

Stress and Lack of Sleep

Both are big factors in busy lifestyles, but can make wrinkles worse and make skin dull and tired. Stress can also exasperate skin problems such as psoriasis. Dark circles, bags under your eyes, frown lines and sagging skin are all worsened by both of these.

It’s impossible to avoid ageing the skin completely, but you can treat many of the symptoms. Here at Natura we offer treatments that can tighten skin, reduce wrinkles, and rejuvenate your skin.