It is definitely easy to get into unhealthy habits with your lifestyle. Recently I’ve a lot of plans lined up every weekend, which either involve eating out at restaurants, or drinking alcohol at parties. This 100% can take its toll on your skin. Dermalogica retailer Pure Beauty examines what effects our lifestyles are having on our skin.
“The junk foodie”
The culprit: Regularly found at fast food restaurants, or if you’re lazy like me, the drive-thru. You have to actually get dressed to go inside!
Everyone craves fast food every now and again but, as we are devouring our chips and crispy chicken, washing it down with fizzy drinks, we aren’t paying very much thought to our precious skin. However, the content of our guilty pleasures can play havoc on our complexions:
- Refined sugar — Refined sugars found in non-diet soft drinks cause a spike in insulin levels triggering a wave of inflammation in the body. The inflammation causes a breakdown in collagen and elastin, resulting in skin that lacks elasticity and strength. Sugar is also closely linked with acne and blemishes developing. I love love love jelly sweets, but I always find when I’ve been at the pic n mix that I end up with a spot on my chin (not cute).
- Fat — Eating foods with a high fat content can leave your skin puffy and looking dull. I’ve spoken previously about my struggles with dark circles and how to cover them and fatty foods can even be the reason behind your under-eye circles.
- Salt — Food in fast food places is laden with salt. It is also hidden in ready meals and sauces so you could be eating more than you think. Too much salt leads to water retention, which can lead to swelling. Because the skin is generally thinner under the eyes, it can lead to puffy eyes. This effect is more common in middle age.
- Dairy — The occasional ice cream is okay but too much dairy can trigger oily skin, which in turn can increase breakouts.
Of course if it’s occasionally, then there is nothing wrong with eating junk food. However, if you do find yourself eating fast food more than you should and your skin is suffering as a result, it will probably be worth cutting back — not just for your skin but your health in general.
“Queen of the caffeine”
The culprit: Getting their coffee fix every hour, on the hour, if not more!
It seems there’s a Starbucks and Costa Coffee everywhere we turn — but what effect is it having on our skin?
The acid in caffeine interacts with your stress hormones, causing your skin to produce more oil. Greater oil on the surface of your skin can cause pores to become blocked and blemishes to form.
Some claim that coffee’s impact on your skin is due to dehydration. However, you would need to be severely hydrated to see any real impact on your skin. Of course, because coffee is a stimulant, it may be impacting the amount of sleep you receive, which will negatively alter the appearance of your skin.
“The sleep-deprived zombie”
The culprit: Sacrificing their sleep, staying up late and waking up early.
It seems with life sometimes that there just aren’t enough hours in the day to have a good night’s sleep. Our day-to-day tasks eat into our shuteye and our skin is left worse for wear as a result — but why?
A 2015 study found that reducing the amount of sleep we get each night to just six hours can make wrinkles and brown spots more prominent. If left to develop, it could lead to premature aging. When we sleep, our skin is given a chance to heal, renew and detox. In fact, during the deepest stage of sleep, growth and repair hormones peak. By cutting the amount of sleep we get, the body has less time to rejuvenate the skin, leaving our skin looking dull the following morning.
“The sun magnet”
The culprit: As soon as there is a slight glimmer of sunshine through the clouds, they’re digging their lounger out of the shed and getting ready to soak up some sun. On holiday, they don’t leave the beach till night time falls.
We are all aware of the damage the sun can do to our skin, yet we still travel to tropical destinations to bask in the hot temperatures. In the short-term, exposure to the sun without adequate SPF protection can lead to sunburn and blistering, leaving our skin dehydrated and sore to the touch.
Ongoing exposure to UV radiation can speed along the aging process, leading to the development of age spots, wrinkles and dullness. In the most serious cases, over-exposure to the sun can lead to skin cancer.
“The gym addict”
The culprit: The inspiring person you wish to be more like, who gets off the bus five stops early, runs around on a weekend for fun and cycles to work.
Obviously, not all lifestyles have a negative impact on our skin. For example, regular exercise offers numerous benefits not just for our overall health but for our skin too.
The skin’s elasticity is lost as we age, but strength and toning exercises can help firm it up and make it look more youthful. Cardio has its benefits too. Your increased heart rate will deliver more oxygen to skin cells, while helping to flush toxins from your body before they have a chance to take effect. Overall, regular exercising works to regenerate skin cells.
Do you fall under any of these categories? If so what are your tips to keep your skin looking fab? X