As we’ve stated above, there are certain inevitable aspects of aging, regardless of your rigorous skincare routine or diligent workout schedule. As skin ages, its cell turnover slows, as does its production of sebum and hyaluronic acid, which are vital for the skin’s ability to retain moisture. This makes the skin drier and rougher—and as a result, fine lines and wrinkles appear.
Saturday sunbathing may be your favorite way to unwind after a long week, but it will leave you with even more stress when it results in signs of aging. The sun’s rays are the primary external cause of skin aging, due to oxidative stress. Skin damage caused by the sun is known as photoaging, and uneven pigmentation is often one of the first visible signs of aging to appear. For this reason, it’s important to take preventative action before the sun catches up to you.
Unless you’re at an airport, air pollution isn’t always something you can see off the bat. Like, who knew the beautiful beaches of Malibu also offer exposure to air pollution, which can trigger the release of skin-damaging free radicals? Pollution also worsens the effects of sun exposure, further accelerating oxidative stress.
Here’s another obvious one, but important to note nonetheless… Thanks to chemicals and nicotine contained in cigarettes, the number of free radicals in the skin are increased. And like pollution, cigarettes can also intensify the effects of sun exposure.
Once again, this should come as no surprise, but the less nutrients you consume, the less likely you are to age with glowy, supple skin. The skin needs antioxidants, which are molecules with the ability to neutralize free radicals that damage skin and speed up skin aging. Eating lots of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables (think berries, green tea and avocado) is an important part of caring for our skin as it ages.