5 Skin aging culprits to look out for

5 Skin aging culprits to look out for

Growing old is a privilege that we often take for granted; being able to create and live the kind of life that we’ve always dreamt of is a huge blessing, and one that should be cherished. So what if you have a couple of wrinkles and fine lines to show for the fulfilled and wholesome life that you’ve lived? Instead of being ashamed and conscious, you should embrace them wholeheartedly. 

That being said, it’s important to realize that while aging is simply unavoidable, premature aging is not. Infact, according to expert, Jonny Bowden, only about 5 to 20 percent of the aging process has to do with our genes. The rest has to do with how we treat our bodies, which determines whether, like a light switch, we turn the good genes on and the bad genes off". Several extrinsic factors can directly impact our skin and cause it to lose its youthful radiance and shine, making one look years older. On the other hand, skin that is cherished and cared for, can extend its youthfulness, allowing the bearer to look years younger than one’s age. 

So what are some skin-aging culprits that one must look out for? We’ll be discussing those in detail along with helpful tips to reclaim your youthful radiance and glow, so keep on reading until the very end. 

Skin aging culprits 

  • Sleeping with makeup on
It’s tempting, and we’ve all done it atleast once in our life (if not many, many, many times). But it’s the worst thing we can do to our skin. And its effects have lasting consequences. During nighttime, our skin goes into healing and repair mode, after spending the entire day fighting off outside aggressors. If our skin is laden with the dirt, grime, sweat and makeup from the day, how will it ever be able to do its job of replenishing and regeneration? Frequent nights of sleeping with makeup on can show up in the form early signs of aging as well as dull and dry skin. 
This makes the nighttime skin care routine, or at the very least cleansing (followed by moisturizing) an indispensable step before crashing in bed.

  • Scrubbing excessively
This is the opposite end of the spectrum; while some can’t take out enough time to cleanse their face before going to bed, others are overzealous when it comes to scrubbing off the impurities. All the tugging, pulling and scrubbing can damage the skin, especially the sensitive eye area, resulting in the formation of wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes. It can also lead to stripping off moisture from the skin, resulting in the onset of early signs of aging. 
Instead, opt for a gentle cleanser like the Leovard Multicleanser, which contains oatmeal to help remove dirt and impurities, papaya extract for gentle yet effective exfoliation, as well as botanical oils to ensure that the skin doesn’t feel dry or taut. 

  • Direct sun exposure

With the ozone layer depleting fast, sun exposure has become more detrimental than ever before, resulting in the onset of premature aging in the form of sun spots and blemishes as well as wrinkles and fine lines. So whether it’s short trips to the grocery store or just retrieving a package from your mailbox, any kind of direct sun exposure is bad news for the skin. Infact, dermatologists recommend sunscreen even when you’re indoors all day! So don’t skip sunscreen at any cost, and make sure to apply it on your neck, hands and even lips!

  • Having an “unhealthy” diet
A diet full of sugars and trans fats results in glycation which is the production of molecules in the body that promote premature aging. These molecules lead to an excess of free radicals in the body which lead to inflammation, showing up on the face in the form of a dull and drab complexion as well as skin that has lost its vitality and glow. 
So try to incorporate more organic and plant-based foods as well as grains and lean meat in your diet. Simple changes and tweaks can have transformational results if done consciously and consistently. 

  • Unlimited screen time
Did you know that the light emitted by our addictive handheld devices such as phones, tablets and laptops are even more harmful for the skin than the sun’s UV rays? High energy visible light (HEV) penetrates deep into the layers of the skin, leading to not only the breakdown of the building block of our skin’s structure aka collagen, but also discoloration. Not to mention the squinting as well as bowed heads looking down at the screen, leading to wrinkles around the eyes as well as a neck and jawline that is sagged and etched with lines. No wonder we look much older than our parents and grandparents did at our age! 

So try to ensure that you cut down on unnecessary screen time and instead spend your time doing activities that not only have a positive impact on your body and skin, but also fill up your soul, such as hiking or running.  




As we age, our skin loses its youthful glow and begins to show signs of aging. While there is no magic potion that can turn back the clock, there are some habits that one can reform for younger and healthier looking skin. With the right combination of lifestyle changes and anti-aging products, we can ensure that our skin keeps looking youthful for years to come.

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