You already know about the common factors that contribute to aging, such as too much sun, smoking, and drinking. But did you know that there are other seemingly innocent habits that make us look older than we really are?
1. Culprit: Driving. You may be inside a car, but the car window (even if it’s tinted) won’t protect you from the sun’s damaging rays.
Solution: Always wear facial sunscreen before heading out, even if it’s just a short trip to the convenience store.
2. Culprit: Rubbing your eyes. The skin around our eyes is the thinnest compared to other parts of our body, so any force we apply to it makes it prone to premature wrinkles. Rubbing your itchy eyes, stretching your lids to apply eye makeup, using contacts, and tugging in general contribute to wrinkles and sagginess.
Solution: Apply eye drops if it’s itchy to resist forcefully rubbing your eyes. Invest in a potent eye cream to prevent wrinkles. When applying eye cream or concealer, use your ring finger (it has less force compared to your index finger) to gently pat the product onto the skin.
3. Culprit: Computers and TV. Just because you’re indoors doesn’t mean you’re protected from harmful UVA and UVB rays. Your TV screen, laptop screen, iPad screen, and even a lamp emit low levels of UV radiation.
Solution: Even if you’re just staying indoors or inside the office, apply a moisturizer with built-in SPF. It doesn’t have to be as high as the sunscreens you use at the beach.
4. Culprit: Facial reactions. From sipping a straw to squinting when you forget to wear sunglasses, repetitive facial movements can contribute to facial wrinkles, such as crow’s feet, frown lines, and smoker’s lines.
Solution: Don’t forget to wear shades or a hat when out in the sun, avoid drinking through straws, and invest in a good wrinkle-prevention cream.
5. Culprit: Neglecting your hands, neck, and décolletage. Aging often targets the sun-exposed parts of your body first, which means that it isn’t just your face that you have to worry about. Your hands, neck, and chest are also prone to premature wrinkles and sun damage.
Solution: Pamper those parts of your body with SPF-laden lotions and creams during the daytime, and moisturizing creams at night.
6. Culprit: Your pillow. If you’re the type who prefers to sleep on your side, remember that pressing one side of your face on the pillow will contribute to wrinkles.
Solution: Try sleeping on your back for a change, but if you really can’t help but sleep on your side, then invest in a satin pillowcase for less wrinkles.
7. Culprit: Removing waterproof and stubborn makeup. Did you ever find yourself hurriedly and forcibly removing makeup after a party or long day at work? The strong tugging may be what’s causing your premature wrinkles and saggy skin.
Solution: Be gentle when you swipe the cotton ball all over your face. Try purchasing a potent makeup remover that dissolves the makeup so that you won’t need to exert extra effort in removing it.
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