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The Common Habits that Are Aging Your Skin

Posted On 11/20/2020 by Dr. Christopher Zoumalan

No one wants to age prematurely. We spend hundreds if not thousands of dollars every year to purchase the products and treatments that give us the best chance of maintaining our youthful glow for as long as possible. Unfortunately, if you have any of these daily habits, you may actually be undoing all of your hard work. Read on to learn common habits that are aging your skin.

If you notice signs of aging, visit the best eyelid surgeon Los Angeles has. Through treatments or surgery, you can achieve significant rejuvenation.

Common Habits that Are Aging Your Skin

Our skin is the most holistic representation of our health, and that is especially true for the skin on our face. Just think of everything you can infer by looking at another person’s face:

  • Their relative age
  • How well they’ve slept
  • If they’re hydrated
  • If they have dietary issues
  • Or if they smoke
  • Whether or not they use sunscreen

The list could go on for days, but the point is clear. Your face tells a story, and there isn’t a product or treatment in the world that wouldn’t work better if your skin had a stronger, natural baseline. With that in mind, let’s look at the habits that you can improve to help maintain that glow.


The average adult requires between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night. While you’re sleeping your body is busy reducing your stress levels and releasing proteins that actively fight inflammation. A full night of sleep allows your body to recharge and heal itself. If you’re unrested, it will show. Studies have actually found that participants who slept less than 5 hours per night were more likely to have uneven pigmentation and fine lines or wrinkles.

Exposure to Pollution

If you live in an urban area, near a busy road, or simply spend a lot of time behind the wheel of your car, then your skin is being constantly bombarded by pollution. Sadly, air pollution doesn’t just affect your respiratory system; it attacks your skin cells too. Over time, your skin is more likely to lose elasticity because the free radicals introduced by pollution destroy the collagen that keeps your skin full and firm.

Unfortunately, you can’t always move or reduce your driving, but there are a few steps you can take to protect your skin. You can use a HEPA filter in your home and vehicle to reduce your exposure. You may also choose to use skin care products that are specifically designed to protect your skin against the environment.

Forgoing Sunscreen

UV radiation can cause significant damage to your skin, leading to noticeable aging. The truth is that you should almost always be wearing some form of sunscreen. The only exception is 5-10 minutes a day, outside of peak hours, where you allow your body to produce a little Vitamin D. After that, slather that sunscreen back on, and take care of your skin.

What If it’s Too Late?

Regardless of how old you are, you may already have skin damage due to one or more of these common habits. That doesn’t mean you are doomed to age prematurely. It is always a good idea to adopt better habits, and you may even be able to reverse some of the damage with proper diet and hydration. For everything else, you can rely on a board-certified cosmetic surgeon for help.

Dr. Christopher Zoumalan notes that one of the most common problem areas for patients with skin damage is eyelids and under-eye areas. Fixing the upper eyelid usually requires a straightforward surgery to remove excess skin and lift the eye. But the under-eye area is extremely easy to fix. With the use of targeted filler for under eye bags, Dr. Zoumalan can remove the appearance of under-eye bags, puffy eyes, and dark circles, giving you the fresh look you’ve been yearning for.

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