Are you making your skin look older?
22nd November 2014
Has taking care of your skin been your number one priority lately? If so, it's likely you have a routine that sees you moisturise or exfoliate your skin regularly; little habits that are the foundations of any beauty regimen for making your skin clear and young. However, unbeknownst to most of us, some of these routine activities are actually ageing your skin.
We've compiled some of the greatest offending beauty habits you can make, mistakes that you are probably completely unaware of and which are in fact accelerating your skin's ageing.
Moisturising can help you feel and look younger. However, it is a common misconception that the more you moisture the better your skin will be. Applying vast quantities of moisturiser will actually have an adverse effect and could be worse than not applying any at all.
It's not all about quantity of the moisturiser you are using, but also the quality of it. Finding the best moisturiser for your skin is important, as this might be the cause of your considerable use of moisturising cream.
A secret tip we would like to add is to carefully make sure you don't apply any of your skin moisture near your eyes as the skin is finer around that area, instead use creams specifically designed to be used around your eyes.
You may have also thought that excessively exfoliating your skin will make it smoother and look younger. If you have noticed redness and irritation from your skin, it might surprise you to learn that these uncomfortable appearances could be due to the excessive scrubbing on your skin that actually makes your skin greasier.
Yes, exercising has been found to make you look younger; as you stretch and work your muscles, you encourage blood flow around your body and skin. In fact, according to a study by the British Journal of Sports Medicine, when exercising 150 minutes or more per week, you would live 10 to 13 years longer than those who do not exercise at all.
However, pushing it too hard at the gym on your triceps, quads and biceps can lead to sagging on the long term
This list is by no means exhaustive and whilst we've highlight a few of the most obvious offending practices that made your skin older without noticing, there are many other reasons why that might be. Ultimately, seeking the advice of a dermatologist is probably the best recommendation we could give you as they can give you the most appropriate advice regarding your skin.