7 Ways You’re Destroying Your Skin When You're Young

Aug 19, 2016 by Sarah (Day Styles)

Great skincare isn’t something that needs to take a lot of work, but it does require a conscious effort to keep your skin young and healthy. Now, that’s the real problem - when we were young, we didn’t think about our skin, and that’s when proper care can be even more important! You might not want to admit it, but when you’re sleeping with makeup, drinking, and eating junk all the time, these little things might cause your skin to age prematurely! But as adults, we can take the appropriate steps to stop these bad habits and reverse the damage before it’s too late.

Not Washing Your Face

Even if you’ve been out all night partying it up, it’s essential for your skin to wash your face before you go to bed. The natural oil, sweat, and the makeup that’s been soaking into your pores all night long are not good for your skin. They can accommodate bacteria on the surface of your skin and lead to adult acne, which NONE of us enjoy. Take a few minutes and cleanse your skin before bed - it will feel infinitely better in the morning!

You Aren’t Getting Enough Sleep

When you don’t get enough sleep it can affect your body and your mind. Combining fatigue and stress can aggravate a bunch of different skin disorders, including acne, eczema, and psoriasis. When you’re in school, pulling an all-nighter or staying out and partying with your friends may seem like a good idea at the time, but it can definitely wreak havoc on your skin, making it look dull and tired. Getting a good night’s sleep can not only help your mental and physical health, but your skin as well.

Too Much Alcohol

We might enjoy a few drinks, but did you know that alcohol is a toxin that leads to dehydration? Overconsumption of alcohol causes inflammation in the body, resulting in acne, puffiness, dullness and, yes, premature aging. We still enjoy the occasional glass of wine with friends, but drinking on the daily will be revealed on your skin whether you like it or not! If you want to ameliorate the problem, pick a glass of red wine (filled with antioxidants) or a water-based drink instead of sugary or salty cocktails.

You Eat Junk Food

When you eat out all the time or buy your food from a vending machine, chances are the food is either PACKED full of sodium or sugar - both of which are horrible for the look of your skin. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables is not only better for your weight and overall health, but these fresh foods provide our skin with the collagen and elastin it needs to preserve its youthful vitality from the inside out.

Not Enough Water

Speaking of water! Proper hydration is possibly the best thing that you can do for your skin (and your overall health). When your skin is hydrated, it looks plump, young, and refreshed. The sagging and dullness that comes with dehydration is reversed and you look more awake and energized. If you need more flavor or just a boost to your health, try sipping on lemon water through your day, providing a splash of fun and added vitamins and nutrients.

High Stress Levels

Unfortunately, stress can be constant especially as a young adult - whether you’re in school or trying to hold down a new job! There are a lot of nerve endings that connect your sin with our organs, and when our body is suffering from stress you can see it on our skin. This is a warning system that should help us avoid anxiety and hypertension. Spend some time learning how to cope with anxiety or reduce your daily stressors - it can help our mental health and keep our skin fresh and calm.

You Smoke

Smoking isn’t just bad for your lungs and throat. Even if you just take a drag from someone’s cigarette now and then, it can still make you look MUCH older than you really are. Blotchy, sagging, and dry skin is just the beginning. Nicotine sucks the natural color from your skin and makes you look bland and pale. Avoid even a rare cigarette or secondhand smoke if you’re trying to keep your skin bright and healthy.

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