We all spend a lot of time and energy (and money) on keeping our skin moisturized and healthy-looking. There are countless products out there that you can lather, peel, massage and dab on your skin to make it look and feel younger, tighter, smoother or whatever you’re going for. Did you know that you might be counteracting all that hard work with simple unhealthy habits? There are some things you probably do everyday without even realizing they’re harming your skin. Take a minute to check yourself and make sure you’re not sabotaging the skin that you’ve spent so much time trying to protect.
Frown lines are among the most famous of the face lines, and while they may eventually be unavoidable, you can train yourself to frown less to stave them off for as long as possible. Sometimes we frown. It just happens. But if you consciously think about the times you frown and train yourself not to, you’ll be better off in the long run. We’re not just talking about what you do with your face when you’re mad–that might be unavoidable. Lots of people frown when they’re concentrating or reading. Take note of these times and make a change.
Not wearing sunglasses
Okay, first of all, everyone looks cooler in sunglasses, so why wouldn’t you wear them all the time? Second, the skin around your eyes is 42 times thinner than the skin on your forearm, making it more susceptible to damage that decreases elasticity (creating wrinkles) and can lead to skin cancer. Constantly squinting in the sun will also crease your skin and wear it down in the same way frowning will. When you’re picking sunglasses, opt for the oversized Jackie O kind. Cover more of the sensitive skin around your eyes and look glamourous too.
One or two drinks is fine, but alcohol is a toxin, so it’s going to do damage if you have too much of it. One of the big issues with alcohol is that it dehydrates you. If you’re drinking, use the ‘one to one’ rule and have a cup of water for every drink you consume to replenish liquids. It’s also good to throw a little extra vitamin C in your diet or in pill form after you’ve been drinking to give your skin a healthy and natural boost.
Diets that cause you to lose weight rapidly are rarely recommended by doctors and often cause more serious health concerns than making your skin look older. When you lose weight rapidly, your skin might look wrinkly or baggy in places where it used to be stretched over more fat tissue. Losing weight more slowly gives the skin more time to shrink with your body.
Drinking through a straw
It might protect your teeth from staining and keep your lipstick in place, but the contractions your face has to do to use a straw puts strain on your skin and causes wrinkles. Maybe just take your chances sipping your drinks normally and buy some whitening toothpaste.
If prevention hasn’t worked (hey, it doesn’t always), or you’re concerned about the look of your skin right now, there are a number of surgical and non-surgical procedures that you can invest in to reduce the look of aging. Neuromodulator injections (like Botox and Dysport) can reduce frown lines, thermage treatment can remodel collagen around the eyes and there are acid-based fillers that can fill in skin folds due to weight loss. These procedures can end up costing a lot of money though, so wear your sunglasses, check your frowns and put the straws aside as best you can.