Is your Dry Complexion Aging Your Skin?
Most people believe that a dry complexion gives you wrinkles and ages your skin and there is some truth to this, but it’s not the whole truth! It’s not that dry skin actually ages your skin and causes wrinkles, dry skin just makes the whole situation worse. So to be clear – if you already have wrinkles or sun damaged skin, a dry complexion can accentuate these problems and make your skin look older than it should be for your age.
Which is why beauty experts and skin care professionals keep on about sun protection and moisturizers – because you need both to stop your skin aging prematurely. Let’s take a look at what causes wrinkles and what causes dry skin and see if we can make this whole subject a little easier to understand.
What causes wrinkles in your skin?
One of the signs of aging is that our skin wrinkles, not just on our face, but all over our body. The reason our skin wrinkles is because as we age, our skin looses its ability to produce collagen and elastin, and also because our skin becomes thinner as well. Research has also shown quite clearly that overexposure to UV rays can make your skin wrinkle prematurely, as can smoking and environmental pollution.
Now, it goes without saying that each of us ages at a different pace, usually dependent on our genetics. Some people look absolutely fabulous at 60 and you wouldn’t believe that they were a day older than 40! Unfortunately, other people look 60, but are only 40!
So your body ages and your skin wrinkles because of two factors – your genetics and your lifestyle. Good genetics and clean, healthy living will help you to look much younger than your real age, while bad genetics and a poor lifestyle can make you look older than your real age.
Since you can’t do anything about your genetics – to keep looking as young as possible, you need to focus on your lifestyle and protecting your skin against UV rays and environmental pollution. If you don’t believe that your skin can be prematurely aged by the sun and other lifestyle factors, check out your backside! Unless you are a nudist or wear a very revealing swimsuit on the beach, your backside rarely sees the light of day.
Have you looked? Is the skin on your bum smooth and wrinkle free? Not ravaged by UV exposure, no age spots or sun spots? This is what your skin should look like if you had protected it from external environmental factors and poor lifestyle choices. So in reality, the skin on your backside is how the skin on your face should look – clear, smooth and wrinkle free!
What causes a dry complexion?
So where does a dry complexion come into this picture? Well, a dry complexion has many different causes, from the cold temperatures and dry air of the winter season – to your age, genetics and health. It seems that some people are simply prone to dry skin!
Another big cause of dry skin is when you remove the natural oils from your skin by using the wrong type of skin care products. Cleansers that are too harsh can often strip these oils from your skin, making your skin very dry and itchy.
How does a dry complexion make wrinkles worse?
Whilst a dry complexion doesn’t actually cause wrinkles or make you looker older than your biological age, skin that is already wrinkled or has a few fine lines, can look older if your skin is dry. This is because the crevices in your skin look deeper and your skin doesn’t have as much ‘spring’ to it when it is dry. Skin that is well hydrated however, looks plump and moist, de-emphasising the wrinkles and fine lines, making them shallower and less noticeable.
A good moisturizer can help to plump up your skin and make your wrinkles and fine lines seem to ‘disappear’, but can’t make them actually disappear.
How can you reduce your wrinkles?
Clearly, one option is to include a good moisturizer in your daily skin care routine, as well as making better lifestyle choices and wearing a protective sunscreen. Look for skincare products that include hyaluronic acid to give your skin a super boost of hydration and powerful antioxidants to reverse the effects of over-exposure to UV rays. Don’t forget to wear a sunscreen as well, and you should be well on your way to minimizing wrinkles and fine lines due to premature aging.
Hyaluronic acid serums have become very popular in the skincare industry, simply because they have such a remarkable effect on your complexion. When an ingredient this good comes along, everyone wants to jump on the band-wagon!
The cooler autumn temperatures and lower humidity levels cause your skin to loose some of its moisture, so autumn is all about hydration and repairing any damage caused during summer. It’s also a good time to prepare your skin for the ravages of the cold winter months yet to arrive.
There are many factors that are essential to maintaining a youthful complexion, but collagen production is the key element! The problem is that as you age, the amount of collagen in your skin decreases, leading to fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin. The solution is to increase the production of collagen in your skin.
How many skincare mistakes do you make each day? When we are young we tend to take our skin for granted, staying out all night, eating the wrong foods and not using the best products on our face. All of this can create unhealthy, acne prone skin that looks dull, tired, and far too old for our age. Find out the mistakes you are making!