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Though genetics have a role to play in the aging process, there is a long list of controllable factors that contribute to common signs of aging like wrinkles, dark spots, and uneven skin tone. That’s why your dermatologist may talk to you about many of your daily habits if you are concerned about early signs of aging, so you can design a skincare routine and lifestyle that will promote healthier, younger-looking skin. If you want to keep the world guessing about your age, read on to get to know what contributes to premature aging.

Sun Exposure

People who live in sunnier climates tend to look older than they are. That’s no coincidence. The sun’s harsh UV rays can actively damage the skin, increasing the risk not only for skin cancer but also for wrinkles and other visible signs of age. To combat the sun’s effects, you should apply sunscreen daily on your face, hands, and other often exposed areas.

Cigarette and Alcohol Consumption

Cigarettes and alcohol both take a toll on the skin. The occasional drink won’t do much damage, but regularly consuming alcohol is likely to dry out the skin and promote damage. Cigarettes (and all forms of nicotine) tend to accelerate age-related degeneration and cause a dull, uneven complexion. Smoking cigarettes is also a common cause of wrinkles around the mouth and lower face.

Improper Skincare

When it comes to skincare, you shouldn’t skimp on the products you choose, and you should always be gentle on your skin. Irritation increases the prominence of common signs of aging, so stick to gentle cleansers and light exfoliants that are recommended by your dermatologist.

Providing your skin with dedicated, specialized care can also help to fight the battle against aging. Find your dermatologist in Salt Lake City by calling Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology at 801-266-8841.