Four surprising enemies to your skin and how you can fight back

Skinemy #1:

Sleeping on Your Face

According to the American Association of Dermatology (AAD), sleeping on your side or on your face can cause deep wrinkles (the kind that don’t disappear when you wake up.) This prolonged, repetitive pull and wear on your face isn’t ideal. In the long run, wrinkles are caused by repetitive motions and pull on the skin.

Solution: Laying on your back can help improve future pull. However, if you are seeking to reverse already existing damage, you can help improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles before they become more deep set, by incorporating laser treatments. Many patients can see dramatic results in as few as 1-3 treatments.

Skinemy #2:

Chewing gum

According to the AAD chewing gum causes a repetitive motion with your muscles that can cause wrinkles in the skin. You might also be surprised to know that chewing gum and grinding your teeth at night can actually enlarge the lower third of your face. The repetitive movement not only affects the skin on the surface, but it also bulks up the masseter muscle in the jaw.

Solution: Botox can be injected into your masseters to prevent excessive muscle movement. This not only can narrow the lower third of the face (creating a more feminine appearance), but it also can prevent the wrinkles on the surface.

Skinemy #3:

A Diet Low on Fish

While you may be sticking to the veggies to avoid packing on the pounds, fat has its benefits. Fish, particularly salmon, contains omega-3 and fatty acids that help plump the skin and create a youthful in appearance.

Solution: For long term results look into purchasing omega-3 supplements. For immediate results, dermal fillers and skin tightening procedures can simulate the appearance of skin that is rich in fatty acids. Skin tightening procedures such as Pellevé actually stimulate the collagen in the deepest layers of the skin to help the skin look plump and refreshed.

Skinemy #4

: Energy Drinks

Your morning cup of coffee, all those cans of energy drinks, and those miniature bottles of energy supplements may be keeping you awake, but ultimately, they are making you look tired. While you may be blaming your dark under-eye circles on your all-nighter, it actually may be the caffeine in your drinks that’s causing your worn out appearance. Caffeine can constrict flow to blood vessels cells and dehydrate skin cells. The skin underneath the eyes is particularly thin so the toll of this dehydration is often seen around the eyes first as wrinkles and dark undereye circles. (Careful: Your microwavable lean-meal may contain preservatives which has a similar effect.)

Solution: As commonly as you hear this, it’s particularly important to drink 4-8 glasses of water daily. If you have a diet high in caffeine and preservatives it is particularly important to drink more than your usual allotment of water. If you’re seeking to quickly rectify the effects caused by excessive caffeine, alcohol, or preservative consumption, consider fillers. Injecting fillers under the eyes can help improve the appearance of under-eye circles.

With a few minor adjustments to your habits, you can stop being enemies with your skin, and start being a friend.

To learn more about how you can defeat your Skinemies consult SDMD – the Chicago cosmetic surgery experts!

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