Everyday, your skin is exposed to all sorts of things that cause it to break out or look dull and tired. Fortunately, there are many very effective, cutting edge skincare products available to help you protect and support your skin so you can maintain and cultivate that healthy glow. But, there is another arena to consider that can greatly affect your skin, and that is your habits and lifestyle choices

Here is a list of five habits you should do your best to avoid:

1. Skipping Sun Protection:

The absolute best way to prevent wrinkles and age spots and preserve your youthful looking skin is by avoiding sun damage. It is ideal to avoid the sun at peak UV intensity, which is between the hours of 10am and 3pm standard time (11am to 4pm daylight savings time). When you are out, always protect all exposed areas of your skin by applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen 15 minutes before going out. Also, wear proper protective clothing such as a hat or specially designed sun protection clothing.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, you should use a sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30 or more and, remember, it takes at least one full ounce (that is an entire shot glass) of sunscreen, on average, to properly protect your skin. And don’t forget to protect your lips! If you are going to be in the sun for an extended period of time or are swimming or sweating excessively, be sure to reapply every two hours.

Also, Dr. Zimmet considers the daily application of a high quality antioxidant, such as C E Ferulic and Phloretin CF made by SkinCeuticals, as a required part of an effective sun protection regimen. Engage shields!

2. Smoking: 

Aside from the many horrible effects that smoking has on your body, the visible effect to your skin is dramatic. Smokers have notably increased wrinkling and laxity. Very obvious lip lines and crows feet are common as are age spots which smokers appear to be more susceptible to. To sum it up, don’t smoke!

3. Drinking Excessively: 

Having more than one drink a day can have a negative effect on your skin. To maintain your skin’s natural, healthy glow, it is very important to stay properly hydrated. Alcohol dehydrates you thereby robbing your skin of the moisture it needs making it dull and increasing the likelihood of visible wrinkling and laxity. Excessive alcohol can also lead to inflammation, the development of permanent facial spider veins and the depletion of vital nutrients your skin needs to stay healthy. Existing skin conditions such as rosacea and psoriasis may be exacerbated by the use of alcohol. Beware the buzz!

4. Using the Wrong Skin Care Products

Using products for the wrong skin type is a common mistake. It is ideal to consult with your dermatologist or a licensed aesthetician so they can assess the proper regimen for you. With all the incredible skin care options out there, knowing what is best suited to your skin type will yield the best results. Know your type!

5. Ignoring Your Neck, Chest, Hands and Forearms:

For whatever reason, these areas are the forgotten zones. They are also the areas that, when not protected, are the most obvious in terms of “appearing” to betray your age. I say “appearing” because you may not actually be as old as they make you appear. Do not forget them! Your hands and arms are constantly exposed to the sun when you drive. They are propped up there on the steering wheel like meat on a grill! And your chest and neck need the same pampering and protection as your face. You want all areas of your body to look like they came from the same zip code so don’t forget to take care of these areas too. Equal protection!

If are interested in learning about your skin type, what the latest advancements in skin treatments are, and what we can do to help you get your glow back, call Zimmet Vein & Dermatology to schedule a consultation with Dr. Zimmet or one of our aestheticians.