If you want to maintain a healthy, youthful complexion, it is important to understand the skin’s natural aging process. When you know what affects your skin, it is easier to modify your behavior and maintain beautiful skin. Keep reading to find out what happens to your skin over time so you know how to fight it:

Natural Aging
Collagen and elastin give your skin integrity. When it becomes damaged, neither the collagen nor the elastin is as strong as it once was. Once the collagen and elastin production are compromised, the body can no longer naturally produce the same quantities or calibers that it did before. In younger years, glycosaminoglycans use water to add volume and fullness to the face. Over time, though, they cannot soak up water as much and leave the skin looking saggy and dry.

Sun Damage
Certain activities that you do can speed up the aging process and prematurely age your complexion. If you spend a lot of time in the sun without the proper protection, you are exposing your skin to UV rays that cause wrinkles, age spots, and discoloration in the face. It might also dry out your skin and make it look dull.

Bad Habits
Other bad habits like smoking, repeatedly making certain facial expressions, drinking alcohol, and eating unhealthy foods can also cause your skin to age faster than it normally would. If you want to slow down the aging process, it is important to stop smoking, to drink less alcohol, and to eat more fruits and vegetables. You should also make an effort to get between 7-9 hours of sleep each night and practice a daily skin routine.

Blackhawk Plastic Surgery can help you slow down your skin’s natural aging process and maintain a complexion of which you can be proud. With our aesthetic services like injectables, fat grafting, laser resurfacing, photorejuvenation, and Titan skin tightening, we help you target your skin issues and look your best. To learn more about our services, visit us online or call (925) 272-2464.