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You might be surprised to learn that some of your most common everyday things could be aging you. Daily activities that we often take for granted might be causing fine lines and wrinkles to develop on your face. Nobody can stop the hands of time but there are a few ways that you can alter your daily habits to prevent fine lines and wrinkles from showing up on your face.
- Washing Your Face
You have probably heard that exfoliation helps reduce fine lines on your face by lifting away dead skin cells and giving your skin a healthy glow. Well,that is true to some degree, but everyday washing could also be causing your facial skin to age. Washing strips away essential oils and dries out your skin making lines more noticeable.
- Drinking Through a Straw
Most people know that smoking ages a person. The effects of the nicotine and puckering up your lips to drag off the cigarette all cause lines to develop around your mouth. Unfortunately, frequently sucking from a straw is similar to a cigarette and also wrinkles your mouth.
Everyone wants to look good and losing a few pounds might seem like a good idea but, unfortunately, cutting out the fat to achieve that weight loss might be a mistake. Fats are essential in your diet. They help plump out your skin and maintain the healthy oil production that prevents dry skin. Flax seeds, avocado, and salmon are all great sources of good fats.
- Your Pillow
Sleeping with your face smashed into the pillow causes wrinkles. As you age, your body stops producing sufficient collagen and your skin starts to lose its plump appearance. Sleeping with your face pressed against a pillow for hours leaves dents, wrinkles, and indentations in your skin that might not readily plump out as the day progresses. Eventually, fine lines and wrinkles develop that never disappear as the years pass by.
- A Warm Home
This is a lesser known cause of aging, we all like a warm and cozy home but cranking that thermostat might be sucking the moisture out of your skin. Dry skin wrinkles and lacks the vibrancy of youth. A whole house humidifier is ideal to prevent dry skin. Ideally, your home’s humidity should be between 40 to 60 percent to keep your skin look pristine and youthful.
If you spend hours working in front of the computer then you might be slouching. Over time, poor posture can become a habit that is aging you
- Daily Commuting
Depending on where you live, you might be faced with hours commuting to and from work. Sitting in traffic and be exposed to excessive amounts of pollution are all prematurely aging you by causing unsightly age spots.
The skin around your eyes has very few oil glands so the skin often starts to develop lines and wrinkles before the rest of your face. Pulling on the skin while applying makeup can cause wrinkles to develop if the skin is dry. Investing in a good eye cream helps prevent wrinkles and keeps the skin looking smooth.
If you have concerns about the fine lines and wrinkles that have developed on your face from your lifestyle choices then it might be time to book a consultation with Dr. Vargas and her staff of medical professionals at Vargas Face & Skin Center. She can discuss your many options available to give your skin a younger appearance.