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5 Habits That Cause Wrinkles

Wrinklescan be sneaky. One day, you’re enjoying a smooth, flawless complexion and the next day, you notice creases and lines sprinkled across your face, making you look older than you ever have. How’d they get there?

It could be your lifestyle habits. Are you guilty of committing any of these wrinkle-developing activities?

1. Working out your face, too much. You know those exercises some say help keep facial muscles firm, keeping your face from getting saggy? Although it may give you a good workout that actually strengthens your facial muscles, doing too many repetitions too frequently is guaranteed to contribute to the development of wrinkles.

Repeated muscular movements cause the overlying skin to wrinkle, and over time, a permanent crease results. This is how frown lines across your forehead and laugh lines around your mouth form. Known as dynamic wrinkles, the only way to prevent them is to cut down on how often you do your facial muscle exercises.

2. Putting on and taking off your makeup, the wrong way. Do you tug on your eyelids when you’re applying your liner? Are you smearing on your foundation and pulling on your skin, because it’s too thick? Do you wipe your lipstick off with a tissue, stretching your lips this way and that in an effort to get every little bit off? Over time, these simple little things, combined with the natural decreasing of collagen and elastin levels (two building blocks for supple skin) will directly contribute to the formation of wrinkles. Your skin just won’t be able to bounce back as well with every passing year.

Whenever you apply or remove your makeup, make sure you’re very gentle in doing so. This is particularly important when dealing with the skin around your eyes, because it’s delicate and very susceptible to wrinkling.

3. Sleeping the wrong way. Are you a front, side or back sleeper? Bad news if you sleep on your front or side – your face smashed into the pillow the whole night long is giving you wrinkles! Not only are you depriving your poor skin of the ability to breathe, which can contribute to acne, you’re also creating permanent creases in your skin because of the weight of your head pushing down on the side of your face you sleep on.

If you prefer sleeping on your front or side, think about the wrinkles your habit is causing. Isn’t flawless skin good enough reason to switch?

3. Basking in the sun (outdoors or at a tanning salon). Did you know that a suntan is really just a way for your skin to protect itself? Your skin produces excess melanin (a tan) to protect its layers from the destructive effects of UV exposure. Photodamage results in pigmentation problems, redness, roughness, sagging, and wrinkles, not to mention the potential of developing cancer. Scientists have proven this time and time again, and yet many women still love getting a tan.

Stay out of the sun and use sunblock throughout the year. You’ll be rewarded with less wrinkles and beautiful skin!

4. Partying all night. You love to party, and can often be found dancing and drinking until the wee hours, often catching just a couple hours of shut eye over the weekend (and some weeknights, too). You may still be young and wrinkle-free, but your lifestyle will eventually catch up to you.

Skipping out on sleep is one of the worst things you can do to your complexion and your health. Sleep is when your body repairs itself, and keeps your physiological processes in check. Skip out on it, and you’ll be depriving yourself of its necessary rejuvenating effects. Since wrinkles are considered a type of damage to your skin, you’re not doing yourself any favours.

Get at least 7 hours of sleep every night.

5. You smoke. Are you still puffing away despite all of the research and evidence that proves smoking is bad for your health? You’ve heard how it can cause lung cancer, but it can also cause wrinkles, too!

Smoking contributes to the formation of wrinkles in three ways. First, all of that sucking causes vertical lines on and around your lips (smoker’s lines). Second, smoking constricts the blood vessels, inhibiting circulation and the delivery of vital nutrients to your skin, making it more prone to damage. Finally, it has also been blamed for the disintegration of collagen.

In the battle against wrinkles, take a look at your lifestyle because you may be your own worst enemy!



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