Some of your daily habits can actually speed up the aging process—and you might not even know it! Here’s a quick rundown to help you catch these sneaky, wrinkle-causing culprits.
Culprit #1: The Way You Wash Your Face
The Reason: The constant tugging and pulling of the gentle skin around your face can cause sagging.
The Fix: You know those silly facial wash commercials where you see girls carefully lathering up and rinsing off their faces with a smile? Ya, do that. And please pat (don’t rub!) your face dry while you’re at it.
Culprit #2: Sipping On A Straw
The Reason: Repetitive puckering motions can cause the tiny creases around your mouth to deepen in the long run.
The Fix: Simple—just drink directly from the glass or bottle as much as you can.
Culprit #3: Instagramming (and using your computer)
The Reason: Constant squinting and glancing down to scroll through your feed = crow’s feet.
The Fix: Hold your mobile device at eye-level and blink a little bit more. You can also try taking a gadget break every two hours to relax your eyes for a few minutes—15 if possible.
Culprit #4: Snoozing On A Regular Pillowcase
The Reason: Cotton and rough fabrics can leave sleep lines and suck up the precious anti-aging creams you apply on your face.
The Fix: Invest in silk pillowcases. They’re softer on the skin and are less absorbent.
Culprit #5: Thinking The SPF In Your Makeup Is Enough
The Reason: You need about an almond-sized amount of sunscreen to get the SPF coverage stated on the label for your face and neck.
The Fix: Think of your liquid or powder foundation as your skin’s second line of defense. The first should always be a light, broad-spectrum sunscreen (this is ideal) or a trusted moisturizer that has SPF in its formula.
While writing this, I actually thought of five more youth-stealing culprits. Man, I didn’t realize there were so many! Interested? Let me know by commenting below and I’ll post part deux next week! ♥
Photo Credits: Instagram @calmandserene.