Skin Aging... Are you speeding up the process?

Updated: Jan 23

Believe it or not, your skin won't necessarily show signs of aging from one birthday to the next. Skin aging depends on many different factors which include genetic influences and your overall health, sun exposure, and smoking.

You can control how your skin looks over time and you certainly don't have to look your age. Your skin's health and resiliency can be decades younger than your actual age.

There are key steps you need to do or not do to mitigate sneaky factors that can accelerate the skin's aging process. Here are 3 surprising things that can make your skin age faster than it should, with tips on how to deal with them:

  1. Unhealthy Diet - Consuming highly processed or sugary foods can spike your blood sugar and insulin, which cause low-grade inflammation at the cellular level. This can speed up skin aging through the process called glycation.

  • What to do - Cut back on carbs that can sneak up on you which are quickly converted to blood sugar. Eat more whole grains, vegetables, and fruits. Increase your intake of antioxidant-rich foods - such as berries, citrus fruits, red & green peppers. The same is true of using skin-care products with antioxidant ingredients such as vitamins C and E, green tea, and grapeseed.

2. Sleeping on the same side - Sleeping comfortably is the goal right, but did you know if you slept on the same side of your face each night, your facial skin will age more rapidly? "while you sleep, your body initiates the repair process for lots of different tissues in the body, including the skin," explains

Dr. Mary P. Lupo, a clinical professor of dermatology at Tulane University in New Orleans. "So without enough deep sleep, in particular, the skin doesn't get the repair and restoration it needs." But if you constantly sleep on the same side of your face, "your facial skin will age more rapidly," Lupo warns. "It's like ironing a wrinkle into a pair of pants – in this case, you're mechanically wrinkling the skin by deforming the skin's collagen and impeding circulation to the skin, which makes the creases permanent."

  • What to do - In addition to getting more sleep, get in the habit of changing sleep positions.

3. Depression - The saying goes, "Your face says it all" and it really does. Depression can show up on your face for various reasons. Depresses people tense up their facial muscles, frowning, grimacing, and these negative expressions can become etched into the skin in the form of fine lines and wrinkles.

  • What to do: Take steps to get your mood elevated by exercising, seeing a therapist, and finding more ways to relax such as meditation.

I hope this helps you to slow down the aging process. I'm 43 but I'm going to be looking 23 forever! LOL!

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