The Bad Habits That Cause Skin Ageing
While we’re most widely known here in Farringdon for our skill and expertise as a dental practice, we also offer a range of facial aesthetics treatments to complement your dentistry and ensure you look and feel both healthy and happy.
Our aesthetics experts specialise in all things skin, and know how to get the most out of it while prolonging a youthful appearance. In this post, we discuss the bad habits that cause skin ageing – sometimes early on.
Annually, over 78,000 people die from smoking, and in smokers, the risk of developing mouth cancer multiplies ten-fold. Sadly, it doesn’t just stop there. Oral health can be severely compromised through smoking, not least because the habit can cause gum disease, periodontitis and tooth loss.
2) Sun exposure
UV rays from the sun are the leading cause of skin ageing. UVA rays (think ‘A’ for ‘Ageing’) can cause sagging and wrinkles, while UVB rays (think ‘B’ for ‘Burning’) damage skin cells, lead to sunburn and are thought to cause most skin cancers. Sun exposure may seem inevitable – especially as dull and cold weather doesn’t prevent UV radiation from the sun – but covering up, wearing daily sun protection and avoiding sun beds can all go a long way in preventing premature skin ageing.
3) Lack of sleep
Sleep allows our body to reset, refresh and restore – so it makes sense that poor sleep does the opposite, preventing our bodies from renewing cells. In other words, there really is such a thing as beauty sleep! Getting around 7-8 hours’ sleep each night is recommended by most medical professionals, and sticking to a sleep schedule (such as avoiding screen use or caffeinated drinks close to bedtime) could help you fall asleep faster.
Alcohol is known for its dehydrating properties and can dry your skin as well as withdraw water from the body. Sticking to a glass now and then, rather than having heavy sessions or unwinding on a daily basis, can work wonders for your skin. If in doubt about how much you’re drinking, book in for an appointment with your GP.
In all these scenarios, our facial aesthetics treatments can help reverse a lifetime of bad skin habits:
Dermal fillers – these work to plump and sculpt the skin. They can also increase volume, especially in areas which are aged or sagging, and target deep lines and wrinkles (such as the mouth-to-nose lines and those running from the corners of the mouth to the chin). Dermal fillers are temporary but effective, and a more affordable (and adjustable) solution than surgery.
Botox – ideal for fine lines and wrinkles, especially around the eyes and across the forehead, and designed to inhibit muscle movement to prevent wrinkle deepening. Botox isn’t as long-lasting as dermal fillers, however, and the two aren’t interchangeable – you may need both to see the results you’re looking for.