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 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 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.
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?