Want to keep your skin free of spots, wrinkles, and other blemishes? While a good skincare routine can help, you may also want to avoid these six triggers – all of which begin with the letter ‘s’.
Of all the bad habits that damage the skin, smoking is the worst. Nicotine found in cigarettes reduces blood flow to the skin – which can leave our skin dry and discoloured. Smoking also affects our ability to absorb vitamins, leading to slow healing and lasting scars. Heat from smoking meanwhile can cause wrinkles on the forehead and under the eyes, while the repeated act of puckering the lips during smoking can lead to wrinkled lips (non-smokers tend not to get these). Long-term smokers can also start to develop nicotine stains on the fingers from holding cigarettes. All in all, it does a lot of damage – by quitting you could avoid all of this.
Consuming too much sugar can cause us to get more spots – and can also make rashes and acne worse. Sugar causes our insulin levels to spike, which causes inflammation around the body. Outbreaks of spots and skin conditions like eczema could get worse as a result. Try to reduce your sugar intake to protect your skin. Soft drinks are one of the biggest culprits – try to drink more water and only one or two soft drinks per day.
Staying out in the sun without protection can result in sunburn. This can lead to drier and more wrinkly skin later in life, as well as increasing the risk of skin cancer. If you have a fair complexion, always wear sun cream or cover up when going outdoors on a sunny day.
Squinting is the main cause of wrinkles around the eyes. This could be caused by not wearing prescription glasses when necessary or by not wearing shades in the sun. If you don’t have 20/20 vision, prescription sunglasses could be worth owning for a sunny day. Alternatively, stick to normal shades and wear contact lenses.
It’s during sleep that our body does most of its healing – helping wounds to repair. Most of our collagen is also produced during sleep, which can help to keep skin supple and wrinkle-free. Make sure that you’re getting seven to nine hours of sleep per night if you want to fight off scars and wrinkles. Stress from lack of sleep could also lead to spot outbreaks.
When we are stressed, we produce a hormone called cortisol. This hormone can increase the production of oil in the skin, which can lead to spots. Stress can also trigger inflammation, leading to rashes and acne getting worse. Finding ways to reduce stress in your life could help to keep your skin clear and healthy.