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It's never too early to start treating your skin — after all, each and every day, we're ageing.

Once you throw other factors into the mix, such as makeup or pollution, you will find that your skin is not as healthy as it could be. One thing is certain, skin complexion is one of the first things that people notice. Poor skin health is most certainly preventable and treatable, you just need to understand why your skin is deteriorating.

 

6 Factors That Are Threatening Your Skin Health

As we all experience, with age, our skin changes. Both collagen and elastin begin to break down, resulting in wrinkles and fine lines. After the age of 20, individuals lose around 1 percent of collagen in their skin each year. This results in thinner, more fragile, older-looking skin. 

Although we cannot avoid the ageing process, and should actually learn to embrace it, there are certain factors that we can control. In addition to a regular skin regimen, preferably a product that provides collagen, you should be aware of the following factors to reduce your risk of premature ageing.

 

1. Sun damage

Although we need to spend time outdoors, soaking up much-needed vitamin D, too much sun exposure can cause significant skin damage. More often than not, long-term exposure causes photo-aging. From dark skin patches to premature ageing, UV radiation can lead to a range of skin-related issues. Please protect yourself with a natural sunscreen and wear proper clothing.

 

2. Poor diet

The old saying is true — you are what you eat. When you eat certain foods, you can improve the look and feel of your skin, just as other foods can cause damage. When you eat too many processed foods, high in fat and sugar, your skin will be the first to notice. After all, in many cases, your skin  will begin to showcase the state of your overall health.

Foods rich in vitamin C and vitamin E, both reduce your risk of blemishes and premature ageing. You also need to make sure you drink enough water, as dehydration can cause your skin to look dull and less plump. Also, when you drink more lemon water, you help flush toxins that contribute to symptoms of ageing skin.

 

3. Lack of sleep

When you don't sleep enough, every bodily system pays the price. From your skin's pH to optimal moisture levels, lack of sleep can cause an imbalance to occur. Dark circles begin to form around your eyes, contributing to poor blood flow. In addition to this, if you're always feeling tired, you'll be less prone to follow a healthy, active lifestyle.

 

4. Makeup

Most women, and some men, wear makeup daily. The morning makeup routine is just second nature, with many not leaving the house until they've completed their beauty regimen. Most conventional makeup products contain chemicals, that make their way into your pores. As you'd expect, those who fall asleep without removing their makeup, they're more prone to premature ageing.

 

5. Poor cleansing habits

Believe it or not, over- and under-cleansing can cause issues with your skin. For those who wash their face with harsh soap, for instance, they strip their skin of natural oils. This can increase the look of fine lines and wrinkles. In addition to this, not washing enough, could result in negative effects from dirt, makeup, and pollution.

 

6. Pollution

 

Based on recent studies, it appears the pollution can not only cause uneven skin tone and accelerate ageing, but it may also result in an increased risk of skin cancer. When exposed to pollution, collagen begins to break down and your skin will start to lose optimal barrier functions.

Of course, the best way to prevent damage, is to enhance your skincare regimen. Cleanse gently and increase your intake of antioxidants. If you have access to green areas in nature, don't be shy to spend quality time outdoors. Not only can this reduce your exposure to harmful pollutants, but also reduce stress levels.

So remember, you're not powerless to the factors mentioned above. You can improve the look and feel of your skin, especially with daily support from Complexion Rehab.