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Common Habits That Give You Wrinkles Faster

Of course we know we should expect wrinkles as we grow older. That we can’t change. However, there are some habits that affect your skin’s aging process and make them come faster.

Check out these everyday habits, address your bad habits to achieve healthier, happier skin:

Smoking
Smoking is one of the most common causes of wrinkles. Smoking makes you look older faster because it restricts blood flow to your skin, making it tough for skin cells to get the oxygen and nutrients they need to stay healthy and regenerate. Plus, the chemicals in cigarette smoke break down the skin’s fiber and elastin, and constantly pursing your lips creates fine lines around the mouth.

Chewing Gum
Chewing gum too often leads to wrinkles, because it forces your mouth to continually form different shapes. For frequent chewers, those formations end up resulting in a downward turn in the corners of the mouth, as well as a pronounced muscle at the bottom of the jawline. It’s better to use more of mints, breath strips and mouth wash.

Tummy and side sleeping
Although this is a common habit, sleeping on your belly or side may cause wrinkles. Also, smashing one side of your face against a pillow for a third of your life can cause sleep lines to form. You can try falling asleep on your back, and also, find a satin pillowcase to minimize the appearance of sleep lines.

Drinking Excessive Alcohol
All alcohol dehydrates the skin. This means your skin will appear less plump and fresh the morning after you drink alcohol. Over time, your skin will lose elasticity and form wrinkles due to a lack of hydration. Additionally, alcohol can have a huge negative impact on your vitamin A level, which is a very important antioxidant for your skin and body, and it is vital in the regeneration of new cells. Vitamin A is also extremely important in the production of collagen. When you have lower amounts of collagen, you lose elasticity in your skin. Collagen and elasticity keep your skin supple, taut, and looking young.

Your Diet
If you want to keep your skin healthy and young, the old saying that you are what you eat has never been more true. Aside from giving you extra weight, eating too much sugar and high-glycemic foods may also be aging you. Refined sugar and other simple carbohydrates also trigger inflammation throughout the body by causing insulin levels to skyrocket. Inflammation produces enzymes that break down collagen and elastin, which leads to sagging and wrinkles.

Not Removing Makeup
When you sleep in your makeup, you are basically inviting wrinkles to your skin. The makeup and environmental pollutants you accumulate during the day seep into your pores, breaking down collagen and elastin. This can speed up the aging process, leaving you with fine lines and wrinkles. Cleanse and moisturize your skin every night before bed.

I’d love to hear from you. Are you surprised that everyday habits like chewing gum and sleeping on your tummy can cause wrinkles to come faster? What do you think about this list? Do you have any more habits to add?

Let’s share!

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18 Comments

  • Reply
    Preye
    January 8, 2015 at 9:40 am

    Thank you Stephanie for the change you have brought so far.really appreciate,you are indeed a role model.thank you once more.#love

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    Roseline Samuel
    January 8, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Frowning can also cause wrinkles on one’s face/skin.

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    Gheh
    January 8, 2015 at 11:09 am

    Awwww…..Side sleepin?! hmmm! thankz so much Mi RM…

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    jenneh sando
    January 8, 2015 at 11:27 am

    thanks a lot steph am #1 person who loves chewing gum not knowing its side effect.

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    ruchi eneanya
    January 8, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Thanks.. Are you advising us to sleep with our tummy faced up? I thought it’s not a good way of sleeping.

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    yetunde
    January 8, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Thanks sister for this tips

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    Godson
    January 8, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    I think flowing face can also cause wrinkles on someone’s face. Thanks very much my number one celebrity.

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    chidozie
    January 8, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    Yeah stef I ve got. something to add to this. getting sad and frowning your face frequently can cause wrinkles too. Thank you.

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    Racheal Laye Edward
    January 8, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    Wow!
    Amazing!
    Thks 4 d tips.

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    Attama Lambert F
    January 8, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    you’re right but in addition with alcohol: Alcohol can cause your neurotransmitters to relay
    information too slowly, so you feel extremely drowsy.
    Alcohol-related disruptions to the neurotransmitter
    balance also can trigger mood and behavioral changes,
    including depression, agitation, memory loss, and even
    seizures. Long-term, heavy drinking causes alterations
    in the neurons, such as reductions in the size of brain
    cells. As a result of these and other changes, brain
    mass shrinks and the brain’s inner cavity grows bigger.

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    Attama Lambert F
    January 8, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    Steph-O . U ‘re too much. keep it up

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    aisha
    January 9, 2015 at 7:28 am

    I love your skin tone…thank you so much for your care love beliefs and strength that u..have given to all black African women and others in general…you are a rare gem

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    gloria
    January 9, 2015 at 10:22 am

    Tnx 4 the tips, you’re a darling.

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    Priscilla Ololo
    January 9, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    Frowning and cosmetics with high contents of alcohol could also have contribute to premature wrinkles.

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    Vera
    January 9, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    thanks Mama

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    Omowunmi Gbadegesin
    January 10, 2015 at 8:17 am

    Really appreciate u stephanie,u are d best

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    idakwo agee
    January 22, 2015 at 10:43 am

    am so suprised to hear that sleeping on one side can cause wrinkles cos i normally hav bad dreams wen i sleep on mai back…….haw about dat?

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    Benny
    January 23, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    What about excessive use of makup, i mean using it on daily basis, can it also cause wrinkle ?

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