A good skin care regimen can keep your skin looking healthy and beautiful, while the wrong habits can age you well beyond your years. In this blog post, Dr. Donald Hause of Sacramento Aesthetic Surgery reveals common skin care habits that can harm your skin.
1. Skipping Sunscreen
According to research, about 90 percent of visible facial aging signs are caused by sun damage. Common signs of sun damage include wrinkles, fine lines, uneven skin pigmentation and dry, dull skin. The best way to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays is by applying broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. The sun never rests, so be sure to lather on sunscreen even during cloudy, overcast weather. For added protection, be sure to wear broad rimmed sunglasses and a broad brimmed hat.
2. Not Sleeping Enough
A good night’s rest does the body good — from the inside out. On the inside, sleep refreshes your body and mind, giving you energy throughout the day. On the outside, getting a full night of rest replenishes the skin. Getting less than seven to eight hours of sleep dulls the skin, causes wrinkles and fine lines, and makes under-eye bags more obvious.
Not only does smoking lead to a slew of health problems, it also ages your skin. Smoking causes your skin to appear wrinkled, dull and dry. According to a study published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, every decade of smoking results in a perceived extra two and a half years of age.
4. Overindulging in Hot Showers
The occasional hot shower can be therapeutic, but continuous exposure to hot water can dry out and irritate the skin, causing it to look dry and even scaly. On the other hand, cold or lukewarm showers hydrate the skin and help keep your skin (and hair) bright and healthy.
5. Using the Wrong Skin Care Products
When used correctly, skin care products can do wonders to the health and beauty of the skin. However, using the wrong products can be quite harmful to the skin and even cause an allergic reaction. For this reason, it is imperative that you use products that are appropriate for your skin type. If you are unsure which skin care products to use, talk to Dr. Hause. The plastic surgeon and skin care specialist offers several skin care products with medical-grade ingredients proven to replenish the skin. He can help you find the right set of products (e.g., sunscreen, moisturizers and exfoliators) for your skin type.
If these or other unhealthy skin habits have wreaked havoc on your skin, Dr. Hause can help. The trusted plastic surgeon offers several facial rejuvenation procedures and skin care treatments to refresh the skin and take years off your facial appearance. To learn more about these treatment options, schedule an appointment with Sacramento Aesthetic Surgery. Please call (916) 646-6869 today.