Everyday Habits that Age You

From the Show: HER
Summary: Have you ever thought, "Why do I look so much older than I actually am?"
Air Date: 12/18/14
Duration: 10
Host: Michelle King Robson and Pamela Peeke, MD
Guest Bio: James A. Yiannias, MD
Yiannias James Dr. Yiannias is a Board Certified Dermatologist and Associate Professor of Dermatology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Scottsdale, AZ. He is a general dermatologist with specialty and published research expertise in allergic contact dermatitis and oral diseases.

In addition to his clinical duties, he currently serves as the Associate Medical Director for the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation and the Medical Director of Connected Care for Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

Dr. Yiannias was born in Houston, Texas and attended Austin College in Sherman, Texas. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine in 1988 and performed his Dermatology Residency at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. He was appointed to the staff of Mayo Clinic in 1992.

Dr. Yiannias served as the Dermatology Residency Program Director from 1999-2005 and the Chair of Dermatology at Mayo Clinic in Arizona from 2007 until 2013.

He has received the American Academy of Dermatology highest honor, Gold Triangle Award and the American Contact Dermatitis Society Presidential Citation for his creation of the skin allergy management program called SkinSAFE (formerly known as CARD, the Contact Allergen Replacement Database).
Everyday Habits that Age You
You may already know what a poor diet, lack of exercise, smoking and excess alcohol can do to your skin and overall health; but what about certain habits you do on a daily basis?

A habit is defined as an acquired behavior pattern that you do regularly; to the point that it becomes involuntary. Habits can be very difficult to break, especially when you don't realize the damage they could be causing your skin.

For example, if you like to eat dessert every night (even in moderation) the amount of added sugars not only contribute to weight gain, but also to wrinkled skin. Your doctor also might have told you that you should be drinking water throughout the day. One of the main reasons your skin could look older than it really is, is from dehydration. If you're dehydrated, wrinkles or fine lines can become more apparent.

Are sunscreens necessary only on vacation or times when you'll be outside for a long period of time?

A whopping 90 percent of aging on the skin is caused by UV radiation from the sun or from tanning beds. Even though you may not live in a sunny area, you need to always wear sunscreen to keep your skin (especially your face) moisturized throughout the day.

What are some other habits that could be aging you?

  • Lack of sleep
  • You're chronically stressed
  • You don't exercise regularly
  • You're a smoker
  • Drinking alcohol excessively
  • You spend most of your day/night sitting
  • You aren't using moisturizer
  • Drinking through straws
  • You wear WAY too much makeup

Board Certified Dermatologist, James A. Yiannias, MD, discusses the habits that might be aging you faster than your years and ways to keep your skin looking youthful and healthy.