The older you get, the slower your body bounces back from a strenuous workout, and you may also notice that your vision and hearing aren’t as sharp as they used to be.
These are signs of the natural aging process, as cell turnover slows down and body parts show signs of wear-and-tear. Perhaps the most prominent signs of aging can be seen on your skin. And what’s worse, your skin is highly susceptible to premature aging.
At Gago Wellness, we specialize in preventing premature aging and reversing the effects when it does occur. Here, our team takes a closer look at the things that cause your skin to age before its time.
Signs of premature aging
It’s important to remember that your skin is unique, and there’s no standard for aging skin that applies to everyone. But generally speaking, if you’re under the age of 35, and you notice any of the following telltale signs of aging skin, you may be aging prematurely:
- Sagging skin
- Deep facial creases
- Sun spots
- Dry, itchy skin
- Patchy skin
- Thinning skin on the backs of your hands
Your skin is a dead giveaway when it comes to aging, because it’s so visible to the public. Loss of collagen and elastin, two essential proteins that give your skin its youthful suppleness and resilience make your skin look dull, thin, and wrinkled.
Years of sun exposure add up and cause dark spots to show up all over. And gravity takes its toll as it constantly tugs on your weakening skin, causing saggy, droopy jowls, eyelids, and brows.
What causes skin to age early?
Knowing what causes your skin to age prematurely helps you sidestep some of the culprits so you can stop the wrinkles and spots from showing up too soon. Here are some of the most common reasons your skin may be getting older before it should:
Whether you bare your skin to the natural sun or opt for the electronic glow of a tanning bed, the exposure to ultraviolet rays seriously damages your skin and your DNA. Your damaged cells can no longer renew and repair your skin, and the result is weak, thin, dry, wrinkled, spotted skin.
If prematurely wrinkled skin and hyperpigmentation run in your family, chances are good you’ll see these signs show up early too.
Smoking doesn’t just cause internal damage, it triggers premature aging in your skin, too, by causing oxidative stress — when you have more free radicals than antioxidants in your system. The result is saggy, wrinkled, spotted skin.
Eating an imbalanced, nutrient-poor diet sets your skin up for premature aging. Your skin is a living organ that requires proper nutrients to generate new cells. A bad diet, like eating high levels of sugar and carbohydrates, can affect your skin’s barrier and cause signs of premature aging.
Excess caffeine and alcohol
Hydration is a key factor in the health of your skin, so drinking plenty of fresh water is critical to keeping your skin looking and feeling good. But alcohol and caffeine can rob you of this vital hydration.
Bad sleep hygiene
When you sleep, your whole body renews itself. All your systems reset, repair, and get ready to ward off whatever the morning brings. So, if you don’t get enough sleep — for most adults that means 7-9 hours — the consequences may show up in your skin.
Too much stress
Constant high levels of mental and emotional stress can affect you physically. Your body responds to stress by triggering an inflammatory response that can make your skin age faster.
How we help you fight premature aging
Whichever signs of aging you have, we have a treatment that can reverse them.
Fractora®, our radiofrequency laser treatment, gets rid of acne scarring and smooths wrinkled skin. It also tightens sagging skin from your forehead to your neck, including your upper and lower eyelids.
When age spots, broken blood vessels, and large pores are giving your age away, Forever Young BroadBand Light™ (BBL), a powerful intense pulsed light treatment can clear them away.
Is hair popping up where it doesn’t belong? Forever Bare BBL™ targets your hair follicles with extreme precision and renders them inactive, so your errant hairs are gone for good.
If the signs of prematures aging reside in the upper layers of your epidermis, chemical peels can easily lift them away.
There’s no reason to live with the signs of prematurely aging skin. To turn back the clock and start over, schedule an appointment at Gago Wellness today. Call our friendly staff, or use our online booking tool to request a consultation.