Some seemingly harmless daily actions can have long-term negative side effects on our skin. For example, eating red meat can often speed up the aging process, and omitting sunscreen when indoors can cause pigmentation and the appearance of older skin.
We were curious to learn about the little things we do every day that may be sabotaging our efforts to keep our skin looking younger.
6. Chewing Gum
Many gum chewers have a pattern of wrinkles around the mouth, and doctors believe that the gum is responsible for this.
When we chew, we can abuse our muscles and this can lead to fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth.
During exercise, runners burn fat under the layers of their skin. The loss of fatty tissue can deepen your wrinkles.
Additionally, many runners spend long hours outdoors without proper sun protection, exposing their skin to sun damage.
If you are an outdoor runner, it is best to wear waterproof sunscreen, because sweat reduces the level of sun protection more quickly.
4. Staring At Your Smartphone
Using a cell phone can make you look older prematurely. Medical experts suspect that the continuous downward gaze at the phone may cause more lines on the neck that you would not have otherwise developed.
3. Passing On Sunglasses
80% of visible signs of aging, including wrinkles, are caused by sun exposure. When you squint, it makes the grooves in your crow’s feet deeper.
And if you try to focus on anything that has a light in your eyes, you can also deepen the wrinkles between your brows.
2. Sipping Through A Straw
Drinking coffee or tea through a straw can prevent staining your teeth, but it can lead to wrinkles around your lips.
Although people do not change their lips significantly, people who tend to purse their lips should avoid using straws too often.
The repetitive movement of the muscles breaks down the collagen around the mouth and causes more creases.
1. Sleeping On Your Side
Some sleeping postures can cause wrinkles on the skin. If you sleep on your side or stomach, your face is pressed against the pillow, causing your skin to fold.
The best way to avoid “sleep lines” is by sleeping on your back.
Do you have any of these habits? Did you notice how they affect your skin?