Premature aging is something you have control over, and the mistakes you make now can ruin your appearance as you get older. These mistakes can also take years off your life. That’s why we contacted dr. Bruce Robinson, a board-certified adult and pediatric dermatologist, and clinical professor of dermatology at Lenox Hill Hospital. He sees cases of people older than they look every day, and knows the secrets to prevent this from ever happening. Read on for his 7 mistakes that cause premature aging — and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Certain Signs You Have “Long” COVID and May Not Even Know It.
A good night’s sleep – 7 to 9 hours – can make you look and feel younger as your body repairs and repairs itself. However, if you sleep a certain way, you will age yourself. “Being or sleeping on your stomach in a position that causes wrinkles of the skin, i.e. hand under your face while lying on your side,” can make you older, says Dr. Robinson. This is due to “shear forces” when your skin hits the pad, creating friction. It eventually leads to permanent damage. A pillowcase that reduces chafing, such as one made of satin, can help, as can sleeping on your back.
“Stress releases certain hormones that cause oxidative stress that overwhelms the skin’s repair process,” says Dr. Robinson. Stress-related inflammation has been implicated in insomnia, depression in later life, anxiety, cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease, says one study. “In addition, chronic inflammatory processes have been implicated in various health outcomes associated with aging, such as atherosclerosis, insulin resistance, diabetes and metabolic syndrome.” Another reason to finally meditate, as you keep saying.
A tan can give you a youthful and “vital” feeling, but the sun is a major danger that makes your skin saggy. “The ultraviolet ray breaks down collagen and elastic fibers,” says Dr. Robinson. Eh. Not to mention that too much sun can lead to skin cancer. It is best to get about 10 to 30 minutes of sun, preferably in the afternoon, and only a few times a week, and no more.
After a few drinks you might feel young again – the life of the party. But you make yourself look older with every sip. “Alcohol releases stress hormones in the body that cause premature aging,” says Dr. Robinson. “It can also dry out your skin.” Of course, drinking too much also leads to all kinds of diseases, from kidney and liver damage to heart problems. One or two glasses of wine a night is best.
“A diet high in simple sugars causes the skin to become stiff and lose its elasticity,” says Dr. Robinson. What are simple sugars? They are a form of carbohydrates that contain a single sugar molecule. These include table sugar – a disaccharide – and monosaccharides such as glucose and fructose.
“Pollution can cause brown spots on the skin,” says Dr. Robinson. “There is mounting scientific evidence that air pollution plays an important role in extrinsic aging,” says one study — “extrinsic,” meaning your exterior. This ‘including skin pigmentation’, especially ‘melasma’. “Melasma is a common skin problem. It causes brown to gray-brown spots, usually on the face,” says the American Academy of Dermatology. “Most people get it on their cheeks, bridge of the nose, forehead, chin and above their upper lip. It can also appear on other parts of the body that get a lot of sun, such as the forearms and neck.”
“Smoking causes vasoconstriction of blood vessels that deprive collagen and elastic fibers of oxygen and nutrition,” says Dr. Robinson. “In addition, smoke coming in contact with the skin can cause oxidative stress.” And to go through life as healthy as possible, you can’t miss this one 7 Signs You Have a “Deadly” Blood Clot in You.
dr. Robinson can be found on his website here.