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Charles A. Messa, III, MD, FACS

The Importance of Taking Care of Your Skin While You’re Young

Posted March 26, 2018 in Injectable Fillers

Closeup portrait of cheerful young adult girlWhile it may not seem important to worry about the quality of your skin when you’re in your late teens and twenties, those are really the ideal ages to do so. Often, many of us tend to not worry about things until we’re faced with the consequences, and this can be true with skin care. While aging skin and texture issues may not seem like a big concern when you still have a youthful, flawless complexion, not taking care of your skin when you’re young can mean significant problems later, which may include the use of injectables or fillers. When it comes to your facial appearance, planning is the best strategy.

Wear Sunscreen

“Forgetting” to wear sunscreen may be the greatest sin when it comes to your skin. We all love the feeling of the warm sun and the benefits of vitamin D, but not wearing adequate amounts of sunscreen prematurely ages and wreaks havoc on your skin more than anything else. Ultraviolet (UV) rays result in dark (age) spots and wrinkles on your skin as well as an overall diminished quality of your skin’s texture and tone. Additionally, UV rays put you at risk for skin cancer. It is vital to your skin and health that you remember to wear sunscreen every day (not just during summer afternoons at the beach or pool); it is also recommended that you use at least SPF 30 to keep your skin looking youthful and healthy.

Don’t Wear Makeup to Bed

Wearing makeup to bed is another no-no that many women are guilty of. It’s true that some days are long, but no matter how tired you are, taking off your makeup and washing your face at night is extremely beneficial to maintaining healthy skin. When you don’t, makeup, dirt, and oil build up in your pores and lead to inflammation, breakouts, and premature aging. A few minutes of daily maintenance now can result in lasting benefits down the line as you age.

Don’t Smoke

Nicotine and tobacco age your skin by damaging the collagen and elastin proteins that keep you looking healthy and young. Our bodies naturally lose collagen and elastin as we age, so why speed up the process? Additionally, smoking reduces blood flow, restricting the amount of oxygen your body gets. Without this blood flow, skin looks thin and dull and develops wrinkles at a much quicker rate than normal.

Improve Your Diet

Diet is another factor that many young people may not put as much of an emphasis on as they should. We’re all taught from a young age that proper diet and exercise is necessary for our internal health. However, proper nutrition helps maintain our skin, as well. Diets consisting of fruits, vegetables, and lean protein prolong skin health much longer than diets high in sugar and fat.

While these are important things to remember at any age, practicing good skin health when you are young may push off and lessen the development of many age-related skin issues.

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