Is Your Lifestyle Making You Look Old?
Posted on October 2, 2013 by Dr. Carlos Chacon - Skin Care
Apart from genetics, your lifestyle and overall health status largely influences the rate at which you physically age — from sagging facial skin and wrinkles, to a pallid complexion. Here at our Divino Plastic Surgery’s San Diego cosmetic surgery practice, we not only focus on treating aging’s negative effects on your skin, we also help you modify lifestyle factors to avoid speeding up the facial aging process.
Pudgy and Bloated Appearance
The bloated appearance is associated with fat accumulation and water retention caused by increased levels of cortisol, a hormone which multiplies if your body senses that you’re under a lot of stress.
Apart from stress, too much alcohol consumption is also a major culprit of the chubby look. Did you know that most alcoholic drinks are 50 percent made of sugar? There’s a growing body of evidence linking high-sugar diets to accelerated aging. It has to do with how the molecules resulting from the sugar breakdown can slow down the production of two major building blocks of skin regeneration — elastin and collagen.
Hollowed and Sagging Cheeks
While regular physical activity is important to achieving optimum health, too much time spent at the gym or the tracks may just deprived your face of the much-needed oxygen. When the fat pads in your cheeks are deprived of oxygen, you will most likely look emaciated.
Yo-yo dieting and fad diets are other factors which predispose you to that hollowed look in your cheeks. Yo-yo dieters tend to lose and gain weight rapidly, leading to poor skin elasticity.
So you look like one of those characters out of the most recent vampire T.V. shows and movies? It’s about time you increase your fruit and vegetable intake for that natural glow. The carotenoid pigments in colorful produce could give you that healthy glow. You might also want to add a bit of physical activity to your daily routine for that post-exercise natural glow.
San Diego Skin Care
Combined with a healthy and active lifestyle, a skin care regimen which cleanses, tones, and moisturizes will surely improve the appearance, luster and texture of your skin. For your individualized skin care plan, fill out this contact form to request a consultation with our plastic surgeon, Dr. Chacon or our Master Aesthetician, Frances Maldonado at Divino Plastic Surgery today or call us at 858-633-7546. We look forward to hearing from you soon!