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Are you Damaging your Skin without Even Realising It?

Thursday, February 20, 2020


Believe it or not, your skin is affected by pretty much everything you do. Whether it’s by coming into contact with laundry detergent or even harsh sun rays. If you want to start taking better care of your skin, then you have to make sure that you are looking out for the main causes of skin damage so that you can do your best to avoid them.

Sun Exposure

The sun is quite possibly the biggest culprit when it comes to skin damage. The UV rays from the sun break down the structure of the skin and it also affects the elastin and the collagen as well. This is what keeps your skin looking smooth, so it’s not hard to see how much of an impact it can have on your appearance. The rays in the sun also affect melanocytes too. This can lead to various changes in your skin pigmentation. If you want to avoid sun damage, then you need to stop staying out in the sun during the middle of the day as this is when the rays are strongest.

Free Radicals

One of the other ways that sun damages your skin would be through free radicals. These are oxygen molecules but they are unstable and they only have one electron. A lot of doctors believe that free radicals can play a role in skin cancer, but they are also impacted by the exposure to tobacco and other various environmental factors. Some skincare products are known for containing Vitamin C and Vitamin E, and these can both lessen the amount of free radicals that are in your skin. You also need to make sure you eat plenty of fruit and vegetables if you want to stop these free radicals from having too much of an impact on your skin and health.

Smoking

Smoking is really bad for your skin. When you smoke, you may find that your skin wrinkles much more easily and this causes permanent fine lines. The main reason why this happens is because smoking causes the blood vessels to constrict and this lowers the amount of oxygen in the body. The lack of oxygen and nutrients also makes it much harder for your skin to heal if you ever get a wound, and this can lead to scarring. Other blood vessel issues include spider veins in legs, and although this cannot be prevented, it can be treated.

Irritants

There are certain chemicals that are in cleaning products which cause skin irritation. You may find that your skin becomes irritated, red and bumpy. These chemicals may cause you to experience chemical burns or even contact dermatitis. If you have sensitive skin, then you may find that you experience skin issues far more and this is the last thing that you need. The best way for you to stop your skin from being affected would be for you to avoid contact with the substance. This can be done by wearing gloves or even by swapping to a less irritating product. Moisturising your skin can also help a great deal here.



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