We all know it’s important to take care of our skin. We hear it from a young age when our moms tell us to put on sunscreen it seems like every time we step foot out the door. We also know that we should start taking care of our skin from a young age. Just because we know these things, doesn’t mean we actually do them. At Weiler Plastic Surgery, we offer a variety of effective wrinkle treatments including BOTOX Cosmetic®, dermal fillers, and ThermiSmooth® in Baton Rouge, Hammond, and Denham Springs. I have noticed a few things that patients could stop doing that would help take care of their skin without making that much of an impact on their daily lives.
6 Habits to Ditch Right Now
Hanging Out Where It’s Toasty
According to cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Sam Bunting, “Heated air inside causes low humidity, which leads to water evaporating from our skin. This can cause cracking, flaking and irritation and leave skin with a lackluster, parched appearance.” During these winter months make sure to moisturize morning and night to prevent your skin from cracking and flaking.
Sipping With a Straw
Using a straw may be good for your teeth — but it can have negative effects on your skin. Over time, the repeated action of pursing your lips causes wrinkles all the way around your mouth. Try minimizing the times you drink through a straw. Maybe that means only drinking through a straw when you have something that could discolor your teeth.
Going Out Without Sunglasses
Similar to the straw issues, skipping sunglasses contributes to wrinkles around the eyes. When you are out in the sun, squinting not only is this bad for your eyes, it is also bad for the skin around your eyes. Always make sure you have sunglasses on when you go outdoors in order to prevent those dreaded crow’s feet.
Supporting Your Chin With Your Hand
Many people rest their hands on their face and don’t even notice it. Good reasons to avoid resting your face in your hands include:
- Your skin stretches in unnatural ways.
- Dirt and oils get in the crevices of your skin.
Try making yourself aware and make a conscious effort to not put your hands on your face. You don’t want those germs and oils anywhere near your precious face.
Indulging Your Sweet Tooth
Did you know that in the dermatology world sugar is also known as the “wrinkle maker”? Sugar often causes inflammation and according to Total Dermatology, “Inflammation produces enzymes that break down collagen and elastin, resulting in sagging skin and wrinkles.” This means that drinking too many sugary drinks could be a reason for your sagging skin.
Snoozing on Your Side
Gravity contributes to signs of aging in side-sleepers. Why? You sleep for 6 to 8 hours every night, so if you are on the same side every single night, your face is getting pulled in that same direction for all those hours. In addition, the pressure of the pillow on your face can create creases and lines. It is best to not have anything touching your face when you sleep, so ultimately sleeping on your back is the best position for avoiding wrinkles.
Patients will often skimp on skincare products and taking good care of their skin while spending their hard-earned money on BOTOX, JUVÉDERM® and other fillers, and surgery. “Eighty percent of our wrinkles are caused by the usual suspects like sun damage and smoking, while the other 20 percent can be attributed to other habits or activities we partake in without a second thought,” Waibel told Yahoo Health in 2015, said. In order to get your full money’s worth from cosmetic procedures, it is important to take care of your skin. Pay attention to what goes into your body and onto your skin. Caring for your skin takes dedication and helps maintain the results from the products and procedures you invest your money into.
For more information about looking your best through skin care, nonsurgical treatments, and facial cosmetic surgery, contact us using our online form or call (225) 224-0305 for an appointment.