Top Causes of Premature Aging

Published on November 22, 2018

Delaying the aging process is a much sought-after goal for people all over the world. As we get older, we start to see and accept some of the minor signs of aging. However, there are many things that we do cause us to look much older faster.

In order to combat the signs of premature skin aging, it is important to see a skin care professional.  Your medical aesthetician can help you identify these signs and recommend effective treatments. Some of the most common causes of premature aging are environmental.  Sun damage, smoking and a poor diet can have a huge effect on the appearance of your skin.

Sun damage can cause hyperpigmentation on the face, arms, hands, back and other parts of the body. UV damage can occur in people of all ages and can have long term negative effects on the skin. It’s always best to try and prevent sun damage by using sunscreen but many people still do not use sunscreen properly.  If you already have sun spots, there are several treatment options, depending on your skin type and the severity of your skin damage. Chemical peels and facials are good options to treat minor sun damaged skin. For those with more extensive sun damage, deeper hyperpigmentation can be treated with the use of the IPL, which is a laser that emits pulses of energy that are used to break up the darker pigment in the skin.

Another very common sign of aging skin is the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, especially around the eyes, mouth and forehead. These wrinkles are caused with age but are often exasperated by lifestyle habits such as smoking, a poor diet and even how you sleep. Pursing of the lips by smokers can cause a deepening of the lines around the lips.  Sleeping in a particular position often, can cause creases as you sleep and over time the skin begins to retain that indention. Dehydration and a poor diet are also contributing factors in premature aging. These fine lines and wrinkles are due to the loss of collagen and elastin over time. Staying well-hydrated and maintaining a good diet aids your body in producing the things it needs to fight premature aging.  There are several topical anti-aging products, including retinoids that skin care professionals frequently recommend. For more immediate and effective results, Botox and dermal fillers are a very affordable treatment for signs of aging and they provide a beautiful result.

If you’re experiencing signs of premature aging, schedule a free consultation with one of our skin care experts to discuss your treatment options.

 

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