The sun can cause up to ninety percent of aesthetics resulting from the dreaded aging process – such as wrinkles, fine lines, sagging, or age spots. It is one of many environmental elements that we receive consistent, daily exposure to, whether we walk from our car to a building a few times a day or take a walk in the sun for hours. Dermatologists have harped and crowed about the need for sunscreen to prevent some of the damage from occurring, and to protect the skin from developing skin cancer and other forms of sun damage that will show up years down the road. With all the environmental factors involved in the aging process, it is understandable that so many people place such high importance on minimizing the damage.
It is no secret that negative emotions such as stress, anxiety, grief, anger or frustration can have terrible effects on our skin – both during the current moment we feel it and years down the road! Certain facial expressions can accentuate wrinkles and fine lines, and stress causes the release of cortisol – a hormone that degrades your reserves of collagen and elastin. This can lead to sagging skin, dull complexion, and a lackluster tone. Negative emotions not only effect the way you look and the way you feel, but it also effects your lifestyle habits and your general health.
When you think of environmental damage to the skin, you most likely will picture the sun or think about air pollutants floating around as you walk outside. While these two definitely contribute to a lot of environmental damage, and certainly are some of the most common factors in your skin’s aging process, many other contributors may float around in your home, your car, your work or school space – basically everywhere. You cannot escape environmental damage, and the effects of it will eventually show up on your skin somewhere down the line – whether through premature aging or graceful aging. A pre-aging plan in recognizing and tackling these factors will help eliminate the damage that shows up years down the road.