Softer, clearer, younger-looking skin is something we all aspire to have. But unfortunately, sometimes in the pursuit of younger skin, we end up making skincare mistakes that make us look older than we are. If you are looking for ways to recapture that youthful glow, check your diet and your routine for some of these common skin-aging mistakes!
Too much sugar: Yes, sugar is delicious and has been scientifically proven to activate the pleasure centers of our brains. But it also has a dark side. In addition to raising the risk of diabetes, heart disease, chronic inflammation, high blood pressure and obesity, it can also wreak havoc on your skin. That’s because sugar causes a process called glycation, which occurs when the sugar in your blood combines with proteins and forms new molecules called advanced glycation end products (AGEs). At around age 35, these AGEs make the collagen and elastin in your skin dry and brittle, causing your skin to wrinkle and sag - and it gets worse over time.
Not wearing an SPF daily: Don’t think that just because you’re not going to the beach or spending the day outdoors you don’t need to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. You should wear a lotion containing a broad-spectrum SPF of at least 15 on all exposed areas of skin any time you plan on stepping outdoors or sitting by a window - even if it’s just for five minutes or to drive to work.
Be sure to reapply lotion as needed by following the directions on the bottle, and remember the higher the SPF, the longer your skin will be protected. A good rule of thumb for choosing SPF is if your skin burns within 10 minutes of unprotected sun exposure, an SPF of 15 would extend that by 15 times. So, you’d get 150 minutes of sun exposure before you’d begin to burn. For an SPF of 20, you’d get 200 minutes of sun exposure before your skin begins to burn.