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Aging is a natural phenomenon; you can’t avoid it. But you can certainly prevent premature aging and its impacts on your skin.

Medically termed extrinsic aging, this is triggered by a combination of environmental and lifestyle factors and can be prevented by reassessing your lifestyle choices and everyday practices. Here are some tips to help you do that:

Always Wear Sunscreen during the Day

Unprotected sun exposure is the biggest factor responsible for premature skin aging. And it only takes a few minutes for the sun to damage your skin. Yes, you read that right! According to research, the UV rays of the sun can start damaging the skin in as little as about 5 to 10 minutes. So, if you’re just stepping out for a quick coffee run, wear sunscreen, regardless of the weather. If the sun is out, you gotta wear sunscreen.

Don’t Smoke (Quit If You Do)

In addition to all its negative impacts on the lungs and overall health, smoking also makes your skin lose its elasticity prematurely, causing fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging much earlier than they would naturally happen.

Research shows that tobacco increases the production of matrix metalloproteinases (MMP), which is an enzyme responsible for the breakdown of collagen. Increased MMP levels speed up collagen degradation, creating an imbalance between collagen production and breakdown, resulting in premature skin aging.

Tobacco also destroys elastic fibers and significantly reduces the amount of oxygen reaching the skin, making it age faster while also impacting its appearance. Oxygen-deprived skin appears pale, dull, and sallow.

Watch Your Alcohol Intake

Alcohol may not cause problems when consumed occasionally or in moderation. But too much alcohol is bad for your health as well as your skin.

Alcohol causes dehydration, and excessive consumption of it can leave your skin dull, dry, and lacking luster and elasticity, which pave the way for fine lines, wrinkles, and sagginess. So, watch out!

Follow a Good Skincare Routine

The importance of skincare cannot be emphasized enough. But you don’t necessarily have to follow those extensive ten-step skincare regimens to keep your skin fresh and healthy if you don’t want to. Even the basic skincare practices are enough to maintain skin health and prevent premature signs of aging, provided you follow them consistently. These include cleansing, moisturizing, and sun protection. Always cleanse your skin before going to bed, never sleep with any makeup on, and be gentle to your skin.

Supply Healthy Nutrients from Within

Being the largest organ, your skin can greatly benefit from what you put into your body. So, along with taking care of it from the outside, it’s important to supply it with healthy nutrients from within, too. Eat healthy foods and avoid processed, refined, and sugary foods, as these are known to contribute to premature skin aging.

Address Premature Signs of Aging with Secret RF

All these are various ways to prevent premature signs of aging. But what if you’ve developed some already?

Thanks to the advancements in skincare technology, there are ways to fix them, too.

Several advanced skincare treatments, like Secret RF, can address the premature signs of aging by stimulating the skin’s self-healing mechanisms and increasing the production of collagen. Get in touch with us for a detailed skin consultation and to treat your premature skin aging signs with Secret RF.

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