Beauty Trends That Cause Premature Aging
Just as clothing styles come in and out of style, beauty trends ebb and flow in popularity.
Hot looks like bold eyebrows, thick black eyeliner, or crimped hair often become so iconic that we identify generations of women with a specific look.
Be careful, though.
Sometimes, the latest beauty trends that are hot today can make you look older before your time.
True beauty is timeless, and by considering the long-term health impacts of short-term trends, we make better choices and invest in a beautiful tomorrow.
8 Beauty Trends That Contribute to Premature Aging
Good health is gorgeous.
Unfortunately, in a culture of instant gratification, we often forget to consider the overall impact of our choices – we’d often rather look a little trendier right now, even if that means we might have more wrinkles in 10 years.
We encourage you to choose to live a beautiful life, now and always.
Before you jump on board with these popular beauty trends, take a second to look at the big picture. Beauty is about so much more than the way you look, and if you focus exclusively on your current appearance, you’re doing yourself a disservice.
Big, Heavy Earrings
Did you know that there are cosmetic surgeons who actually specialize in correcting saggy earlobes?
Big, dramatic earrings are visually striking and often quite elegant. However, wearing heavy earrings frequently stretches out your ear lobes and deforms your piercings.
Long, dangling earlobes make your whole face look older.
You don’t have to forego the big, bold earring look altogether to save your ears from sagging. Just reserve your heavy statement jewelry for special occasions, and opt for something lightweight like classic studs for everyday wear.
Low Quality Makeup
While you don’t have to spend a small fortune to find decent cosmetic products, it’s worth a little extra money to choose products that are good for your face.
Makeup trends are seasonal, so it’s tempting to stock your makeup drawer with cheap products to keep up with the latest look. After all, spending hundreds on high-end cosmetics every time a new highlighter or eyeshadow shade comes into fashion simply isn’t practical for most people.
However, that budget makeup is costing you more than you realize.
Those low quality products usually contain ingredients and chemicals that clog your pores and irritate your skin, which causes breakouts.
Then, when you break out, you layer on more cosmetics to cover up those blemishes, and it makes it even more difficult for your skin to recover and breathe.
Sleeping without taking off your makeup or washing it off with soap and water compounds these problems, and the end result is that your skin dries out faster, shows fine lines sooner, and loses its healthy glow.
There’s nothing wrong with wearing makeup.
Just choose quality products with responsible and healthful ingredients, and make sure you adopt a healthy skincare routine so that your makeup is enhancing your features rather than covering up problems.
You already know that a healthy diet is a major contributing factor to your overall appearance and wellbeing.
But what if you’re already overweight and you just want to shed those extra pounds? After all, being overweight often makes you look older.
Getting your body to a healthy weight is a great idea, and the best way to do it is to adopt better habits and allow your body to change gradually.
Most crash diets and exercise programs sell you on the hope of fast results. If you’re going to lose 50 pounds, wouldn’t you rather do it in 2 months than in 12?
There are a few problems with that approach, though:
Crash diets are almost impossible to maintain for an extended period of time, and when you go back to your old habits, you go back to your old body type. Worse, these types of diets contribute to bad habits like sugar binges, and sugar accelerates aging by creating compounds that destroy collagen and elastin in your skin cells.
Most fad diets also lack in nutrients, make it harder for your organs to function at peak efficiency, and create digestive problems that make it harder for your body to absorb the vitamins and minerals you consume. When all this adds up, the result is that even if you lose weight, you hurt your overall health, and you end up looking older than you should.
Exfoliation is great for your skin.
Harsh scrubbing…not so much.
Gravity pulls on your face all the time, which is why it’s so important to be gentle if you touch the skin on your face.
When you use an exfoliating scrub on your face, you’re adding more force to the effects of gravity that are already aging you, and doing so regularly causes your skin to sag sooner.
Plus, that rough scrubbing irritates and dries your skin, which leads to things like flaky patches, fine lines, or overproduction of sebum that makes your skin look oily.
Gently polishing your skin with a mild exfoliant is okay, but the best option is to use an enzyme based product that requires no polishing or scrubbing at all.
You’ve probably seen the videos on social media in which a girl smears a mask over her whole face, lets it dry, then peels it away to reveal exfoliated skin and clean pores.
Peel off masks are wildly popular in 2017, and if they’re used occasionally and only on oily skin types, they probably won’t do too much damage.
However, some of the more intense masks do more than just pull stuff out of your pores. Masks stick to blackheads, facial hair, and skin, and they pull of the top layer of skin, remove all your fine facial hair (and maybe a little bit of your eyebrows if you’re not careful) and strip away all of those natural oils that are in your skin for a reason.
Using products like these too often, or using them on skin that’s already dry, robs your skin of its natural protective oils and exposes you to more environmental damage. They also hurt and contribute to skin irritation because they’re so harsh.
If your skin is super oily and you’re very blackhead prone, occasionally using a peel-away mask might be worthwhile, but only apply it to areas where oil and blackheads are present and not on your whole face.
For everyone else, it’s best to stick with gentle exfoliation.
In an effort to correct dark spots or lighten overall skin tone, some people bleach their skin.
This is a very harsh treatment for your skin, and aside from being very irritating and drying, there are serious risks involved.
Chemical bleaching can cause permanent uneven coloration, thinning of your skin, dark gray spots, and intense damage and irritation to the areas where you’ve been bleached.
All of that damage ages you rapidly, but worse, skin bleaching can have major detrimental effects on your overall health.
Many skin bleaching products contain mercury, a poison that can be absorbed through your skin, and over-the-counter products may contain cancer-causing ingredients.
Attempting to lighten large areas or your entire face increases the risks involved.
For minor discolorations and dark spots, try to discover and treat the root cause rather than using methods that may aggravate your existing problems.
While they’re not FDA approved and are technically illegal to sell in the United States, circle lenses are easy to find inexpensively online.
Circle lenses are cheap, non-prescription contact lenses that are designed to make one’s eyes appear larger by adding a large black circle around your iris. They’re currently popular in a few Asian countries, and young teens in the U.S. have been purchasing them online.
There are two big problems with this trend:
First, buying and wearing contact lenses that weren’t fitted by an optometrist makes it difficult to ensure the lenses fit your eye correctly. Ill fitting contact lenses can injure your eyes and severely damage your vision.
Second, because these lenses aren’t FDA approved and don’t conform to specific quality standards, some of the circle lenses that are purchased online are dangerously poor quality.
The bottom line is this:
Buying cheap circle lenses online can lead to severe vision damage far before your eyesight should naturally deteriorate.
Colored contact lenses can be purchased safely through your optometrist, even if your vision is perfect.
Suntanned skin has been popular for a long time, and even though we all know that sun damage is one of the biggest factors that contributes to premature aging and skin cancer, tanning continues to be a popular beauty treatment.
Sunless tanners are better than ever. They look more natural, smell better, and last longer.
A skilled aesthetician can even give you an airbrushed tan that makes your body look sculpted and muscular.
Natural tanning might make you look bronzed and beachy now, but that exposure to UV also leads to leathery skin, deep wrinkles, dark spots, keratosis (rough spots that can develop into skin cancer) and even cataracts.
Why risk all that?
If you must go for a sunny glow, do yourself a favor and get it from a bottle or a spray. It’s one of the only times we’ll advise you not to do things the natural way.