Why the environment and your lifestyle could be damaging your skin!

It’s well known that if you’re a sun worshipper, smoker or drink plenty of alcohol, your skin will generally not be as good as others of the same age with healthier life choices; however, there are other things you may not be aware of that can also damage your skin on a day-to-day basis without you even knowing…
UV damage
Most commonly the skin is damaged by the effect of UV rays that cause premature ageing and uneven pigmentation in the skin. Many people believe that you are only damaged by these rays by direct exposure to sunlight, but they are wrong! According to the skin cancer foundation, up to 80% of the suns UV rays can pass through cloud - so don’t use living in England as an excuse to not apply your daily SPF.
Cold weather
I see an increase in clients that have problems with thread veins during winter. This is generally caused by vasoconstriction (constriction of blood vessels which increases blood pressure) from being out in cold weather and vasodilation (dilation of the blood vessels which decreases blood pressure) from central heating. Over the winter months this regular contraction and dilation causes visible thread veins to appear on the face. These can easily be treated with Laser, IPL or ACP. However, to prevent them it’s advised you keep your face protected from the cold by wearing a scarf.
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Air Pollution
Air pollutants rob our skin cells of oxygen causing the skin to sag and look dull. Pollutants increase the number of free radicals in the air. This in combination with UV radiation decreases the production of skin collagen, causing the skin to lose elasticity. This can also result in the skin having a rougher texture and fine lines to appear. The best way to prevent air pollution damaging your skin is to keep it clean! Using good quality skin cleansers, exfoliators and stimulatory products such as retinol combined with an SPF to prevent UV damage is best way to prevent pollution damaging your skin.
It’s no secret that having a high sugar diet and drinking too much alcohol can leave you feeling sluggish and your skin looking dull, grey and spotty. Eating too many cakes, sweets and fizzy drinks causes inflammation throughout the body, which results in sagging skin caused by a breakdown of collagen and elastin. Too many fatty proteins found in things like red meat and take away pizzas can lead to dull, puffy skin and dark eye circles. If spots are your problem they can often be linked to too much sugar, caffeine and some dairy products. The solution? Well it goes without saying that by eating more vegetables that are rich in antioxidants, healthy fats (found in things such as avocado and nuts) and oily fish rich in omega 3, you will be healthier on the inside which will show through on the outside and keep your skin in good condition.
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Now, this is the one that it takes my clients some time to get their heads around. From when we are children we are told religiously to ‘cleanse, tone, moisturise’ however, moisturisers do far more damage than good. Does your skin feel tight and dry when you get out of the shower? If the answer is yes, then your skin has become dependent on you applying moisturisers. Normal moisturisers can’t penetrate below the top layers of skin; cosmetic companies producing these products actually have to prove that they will have no impact on your skin cells so that they can be sold on the general market. Cosmeceutical products - seen in ranges such as the ZO skin health & medical ranges - are all designed to stimulate your body to hydrate, renew and replenish itself, the process which slows down the older we get.

Being aware of things that can damage our skin is the most important thing in the prevention of future damage. If you’d like to come in for a free consultation to see if we can help you get healthy, youthful looking skin then please call MediZen on 0121 308 4373.


About MediZen

MediZen are one of the "first of its kind" Doctor led, and so-called "medical aesthetic" clinics opened in Birmingham. Over the years we've helped literally thousands of our clients to feel more confident. We're NOT a Beauty Salon and we're NOT a Cosmetic Surgery Clinic. MediZen are one of the few clinics in Birmingham and the UK who specialise in offering carefully researched non-surgical aesthetic treatments backed by medical evidence