We are constantly facing multiple attacks from the outside world that can damage our bodies and mind. When it comes to skin, external factors, such as pollution, dry weather, or sunlight, can be really aggressive and cause important damages. In order to avoid premature aging or serious skin diseases, it’s imperative to watch out for the enemies that affect your skin.
Every woman wants to have perfect skin. It’s impossible for us to stop or reverse aging, but a healthy lifestyle could delay and prevent premature aging. Vitamin deficiencies, stress, or unhealthy food are partly responsible for the bad quality of the skin.

1. Smoking

“Smoking seriously harms you and others around you”. We all know this, but this bad habit also has negative consequences on your skin. What does smoking do? It deprives the skin of having enough oxygen and eats up vitamin C, necessary for collagen formation. Smoke releases 4.000 toxins, that are absorbed by skin and blood. This affects the capacity of cells to regenerate. Even external smoke has a drying effect. Smoking leads to yellow-grey pallor, spots, broken veins, lines around the eyes and mouth, and, in the long term, to wrinkles.

2. Stress

This is one of the major problems affecting our life these days. It affects both our intern organs and mental state. When passing through a stressful period we tend to be more neglectful regarding our usual habits, do we not eat properly or we smoke and drink more. The results can easily be seen on our skin: spots, sensitivity, dryness, acne, wrinkles, as well as eczema and psoriasis.
Also, when being stressed we don’t sleep enough. And normally, the healing process of the skin takes place overnight. While our body is at rest, cells are being repaired and new ones are built up.

3. A bad diet

A bad diet can seriously harm your skin. On one hand, if you don’t have a healthy diet, your body won’t be able to process and remove harmful toxins.
On the other hand, if you’re lacking vitamins the signs will appear on your skin. For example, if you’re low in iron, you may have a pale complexion, a lack of protein can lead to a dull, dry complexion, a lack of vitamin A can produce dry skin and a lack of vitamin C will render much more difficult the capacity of the skin to regenerate.
Moreover, a diet high in sugar affects the appearance of the skin and it also accelerates the aging process.

4. Skipping facial cleansing

Cleansing should be the fundamental rule for every woman who wants to have great looking skin. How many of you ever went to bed without removing your makeup? Well, you should know that this routine is very important in order to get rid of any impurities before going to sleep. In this way, your skin will breathe properly at night and you avoid acne and other skin problems, such as wrinkles and premature aging.
Skin is very delicate, so it should be cleaned without aggression because a rough treatment could only damage and leave scars. You should avoid picking pimples, using harsh-skin products, or hot water.

5. Sunlight and artificial tanning

Excessive sun exposure increases the risk of developing skin cancer. The UV rays are also responsible for dry, wrinkled, and prematurely aged skin. Unaesthetic spots are the most insignificant problems that can appear due to toxic tan. Skin aging and cancer are delayed effects that show up many years after the exposure.

That’s why we should use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 to protect our skin every day, year-round, including in winter, as the sun rays reflect in snow. Sunscreen must be applied 20-30 minutes before going out.
Also, you should avoid exposure between 10 am and 4 pm when the sun is at its strongest.
Artificial tanning can also lead to aged skin and harmful UVA and UVB rays in tanning beds increase the risk of skin cancer.
But, if you are one of the girls who frequent tanning salons anyway, at least follow these few tips: wear goggles, build a tan over time, be careful not to burn (burns are related to melanoma), avoid sun exposure and tanning bed in the same day, and if you’re on antibiotics, avoid tanning beds.