Skin Care, Skin Conditions

Are You Unintentionally Ageing Your Skin?

Are You Unintentionally Ageing Your Skin?

There is a beauty in ageing with grace, but also a desire to hold off the signs of ageing for as long as possible. Natural ageing aside, we have all come across at least a handful of men and women whose skin looks at least a decade younger than their chronological age, and on the flipside, we have all met a 20-something whose skin could easily pass for a decade or two older. Turn to the beauty advice below to determine if you have a few habits that are unintentionally ageing your skin.

 

Your Smartphone

You likely never leave your house or even walk to the next room, without your mobile phone in hand. While your smartphone has impressive capabilities, as you set it down and pick it up multiple times throughout the day, it becomes a magnet for harmful germs and bacteria. These germs and bacteria are then transferred to your skin when talking on the phone, which can age your skin and can lead to breakouts and skin irritation. You can avoid this ageing factor by investing in a case with a full closure, so the screen remains germ-free. Also, wipe down your mobile several times a week with an electronics-safe antibacterial wipe.

 

Haircare Products

While your haircare products may do an outstanding job of styling your hair, odds are they are being transferred to the sensitive skin on your face during application or later when your hair touches your face. Switch to natural haircare products, seek a hairstyle that does not touch your face, and/or if needed, cover your neck and face when you spray products on your hair.

 

Glasses

Just like your mobile phone, reading glasses, computer glasses, all-day glasses, and even sunglasses can carry a host of germs and bacteria. While you may wipe down the lenses regularly, you must not forget to clean the frames and nose pads. Even if you are careful where you set or store your glasses, clean them to remove the oil build-up from your skin.

 

Skipping A Meal

We are all guilty of it; we get so caught up in a busy morning, or hectic day at work we simply forget to eat. Even though you may have enough energy to power through, you are depriving your body of the regular stream of skin-healthy vitamins and nutrients that your skipped meal would have delivered. And, the odds are that you also forgot to hydrate, which is essential for beautiful skin. Remain prepared by keeping healthy snacks, last-minute meal replacement bars, and hydrating beverages nearby.

 

Sitting at Your Computer All Day

Many of us work in roles that require us to sit at a computer for 8 or more hours a day. While there is no way around computer usage, you must consider what this is doing to your skin. Keeping your shoulders hunched while you type can create undue, and ageing, stress, and strain on your back, neck, and shoulders. Balance things out with daily stretches in the opposing direction. Also, make sure your desk, screen, and keyboard are at an ergonomically correct height. If not, it will lead to more strain and create creases in your neck that, over time, will become deep wrinkles.

 

Smiling and Frowning

We should all aim to frown less and smile more, but for beauty, both have a downside. Just as with computer neck wrinkles, smiling and frowning can create laugh lines, crow’s feet, and brow wrinkles. Invest in natural skincare products designed to improve elasticity, nutrient-rich moisturisers, and Google a few facial exercises to tighten and tone your face and neck.

These aren’t the only unintentional causes to premature ageing, but they are causes that may not yet be on your radar.