01 Oct Stop These 8 Bad Habits Now to Prevent Wrinkled Skin Later
Everyone wants to have the glowing and youthful look that they had when they were teenagers forever. While some people in their twenties have this glow and feel like they don’t have to worry about wrinkles yet, but unfortunately they should. You cannot escape it: what you do now definitely affects your skin in the future. If the idea of getting a needle pushed into your skin scares you, but you still want to maintain beautiful, youthful and flawless skin as years progress, it’s time to stop these eight bad habits.
1. Staying Up Late and Getting up Early
We know you could get away with it in college, and sometimes it was necessary, but now that you’re in your mid-twenties, it’s time to stop partying all night before going to work the next day. Even if your idea of partying includes binge watching Orange is the New Black on Netflix with a glass of wine. While you’re sleeping, you skin is renewing itself—whether naturally or with the help of your beauty products—and everything needs time to work. According to a Study by CH Case Medical Center, women who slept five hours each night for a month had twice as many wrinkles than those women who slept seven hours. Hey, they don’t call it “beauty sleep” for nothing!
It is important to wash your face every night before you go to bed to remove toxins, and free radicals like dirt and makeup, however don’t do it first thing in the morning. Even though it might be a nice pick-me-up, it dries out your skin for the rest of the day and undoes what your skin was working hard at all night—replenishing and healing itself. If you still need that wakeup call in the morning, simply splash cool water on your face without soap, and be sure to moisturize!
3. Not Moisturizing
It’s crucial to moisturize your skin every single day—especially if you wash your face every day. The more dried out you skin is, the more damaged it becomes. Your skin cells can’t replenish properly and your face becomes damaged. Dry skin will highlight damaged areas of your face and will make your complexion dull—which will show all the wrinkles.
When you’re young, especially a teenager, it may seem like the most important goal of your summer is to see how brown you can get. Nobody wants pasty legs! But everybody wants that “beach-kissed bronze,” except your skin doesn’t. Not only does tanning dry out your skin and damages it—which causes wrinkles— but it also can cause skin cancer. It’s definitely worth it to be pasty ladies and gentleman!
5. Not Wearing Sunscreen Every Day
Even if you’re not spending summer days on the beach, or laying out actively trying to get a tan, it’s important to wear sunscreen on your face every day—yes, even in the winter time. Sun screen also helps with the pollution coming onto your face, which decreases oxygen and collagen in your skin and is the perfect combo for wrinkles.
Nicotine narrows your blood vessels, which makes it hard for them to bring blood, nutrients and oxygen to your face, causing wrinkles. It also ruins collagen in your skin and the elastin fibers. The “smoke-sucking” face also leaves it’s mark around your mouth. For a million other reasons, you should quit smoking, too. But if you want to stay looking young and fresh, that is one of them.
7. Poor Nutrition
Too much processed sugar ruins collagen in your skin. So make sure those candies, sweats and high-glycemic carbs are eaten as a treat sparingly. Additionally, if you’re lacking certain vitamins in your diet, you’ll see wrinkles on your skin much younger than most people. If you eat healthfully with lots of fresh, whole fruits and vegetables that are high in antioxidants, and only eat good carbs, you’ll not only be wrinkle-free, but will have a longer life!
8. Stretching your Skin
Believe it or not, most women stretch their skin on a daily basis and don’t even realize it! It happens every morning when putting on makeup. We know you really want to get that cat eye look from your eyeliner just right, and for your eyeshadow to go on perfectly, and for you blush to be in just the right spot. But consistently pulling on your skin every day just to make yourself look younger and beautiful will do the opposite of just that. It causes wrinkles because it’s like a repetitive stress injury on your joints. It might be tough, but it’s worth it to break this habit.