How Your Lifestyle Choices Are Affecting Your Skin

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It’s a fact of life that everyone is going to age. Unfortunately, we can’t stop time and therefore it’s not something that we can stop from happening as we get older.

However, we do have control over how soon our skin ages, and there are certain things we can do to stop it from happening prematurely.

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A lot of people don’t realise that certain lifestyle choices can have both positive and negative effects on your skin. This is why it can be important to make some healthy changes if you’re committed to getting clearer skin.

 

Here at Skinstation, we are leading specialists in the very best skincare products available, such as our Obagi UK range, so we know a lot about keeping your skin healthy.

Below we have put together a short guide to highlight everyday lifestyle choices that could be affecting you.

Smoking

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Everyone is aware of the serious effects that smoking can have on the body. It can cause heart disease, respiratory diseases, and of course – cancer.

However, a lot of people are unaware that it can also have a negative impact on your skin.

The toxins and carbon monoxide in the cigarette smoke cause our blood vessels under the skin to constrict, therefore slowing the movement of blood and nutrients through the blood vessels. This will cause the blood vessels to permanently dilate, and this is when it starts to negatively affect skin.

Someone who smokes may start suffering from a pale appearance, rough skin and broken capillaries.

Diet

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It’s not a surprise that our diet affects our health. If we constantly eat bad food, then it can cause problems such as heart disease, and weight gain.

Our diet also plays a big part in keeping our skin healthy. When we eat healthy food such as broccoli, fruit, and fish, our skin remains in good health. On the other hand, eating too much junk food can have the opposite effect, and cause our skin a number of problems.

Sugar is one of the worst things for our skin. It can cause skin to age prematurely, as too much of it can cause the skin to look lacklustre and speed up the production of wrinkles!

Eating too much fat also plays havoc with our skin. It traps bacteria in the body and on skin, which is likely to cause you to breakout in spots.

Sun Exposure

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Everyone likes to spend time in the sun, and with summer approaching, more people will be going on holiday. This means that they will be exposed to the sun for extended periods.

Whilst going outside is proven to have positive effects on our health, the sun can have a negative effect on skin. Over exposure can make skin feel dry, and accelerate the aging process, which will lead to more wrinkles.

It’s important that you take necessary precautions when spending time in the sun, such as applying sun cream regularly, wearing a hat, and keeping hydrated.

Alcohol

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We all love a good drink now and then, and there is nothing wrong with drinking alcohol in moderation. However, drinking too much alcohol can dehydrate the skin, leaving it feeling extremely dry.

We have a hormone called vasopressin which is responsible for helping to retain water in our body. When we drink alcohol, the production of this is limited. Therefore, the kidneys will work to remove the excess water which results in our skin being dehydrated, which could lead to the appearance of wrinkles.

As with smoking, drinking alcohol can also increase our blood flow and dilate the blood vessels that are closest to the skin. This in return causes them to explode, leaving what we call ‘broken capillaries’ on the face.

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Hopefully we have given you enough information for you to make some changes in your life. Whether it’s giving up smoking, or changing your diet, it can make a huge difference to your skin.

If you need any other help with maintaining glowing skin, do not hesitate to contact us here at Skinstation. We have a range of products that can help you keep your skin feeling fresh and healthy. You can call us on 01481 736699 and a member of our staff will be happy to help.

Latest update: 06/08/2015
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