When it comes to looking and feeling young, nothing beats nutrition and exercise. But when we talk about our skin, it’s a different ball game. Our skin can age faster depending on our habits and our skin care routine (or lack thereof).
There are some pretty common bad habits we all have when it comes to our skin. Here are the 10 biggest offenders of making our skin age faster than we want it to.
1. Your sleeping position
If you’re a stomach sleeper, then your head is turned to the side at night on a flat mattress. This causes tension in your neck muscles, and it leads to weaker circulation of blood to your face and brain. This means you’re more prone to dark circles under your eyes and a puffy face when you wake up. Try to switch it up every once in a while because sleeping in the same position could eventually change the shape of your face.
To help you find the right position, choose a good pillow. The right pillow will leave your neck straight while you sleep so your head isn’t tilted in any specific direction.
2. Sun exposure
You should always wear sunglasses for the protection of your eyesight alone. You should also be wearing an SPF on your face whenever you’re outside. Most liquid foundations have a minimum of SPF 15 in them, as do most moisturizers.
The skin around your eyes is also really thin, so it can be affected greatly by prolonged, unprotected exposure to the sun. When you quint too much, it will cause your skin to wrinkle, so always try to wear sunglasses when you’re outside.
3. Eating habits
Getting the right nutrients is key for healthy skin. You’ll need leafy greens and other foods that are heavy in B-Complex, which is essential for skin, hair, and nail growth. Staying hydrated with water throughout the day will also help flush toxins away that could be causing your skin to look dull.
Always eating on one side can also have an effect on your face. Make sure you chew on both sides. Chewing on one side only will cause muscles on one side to tone up while the muscles on the other stay weak.
4. Talking on the phone
Most of us tend to tuck our phone into our shoulder with our face, and this is a big no-no. It can cause tension in your neck, as well as wrinkles on your cheek skin with eventually loosen up.
Try using ear buds or the speaker when you’re talking on the phone. You can also hold the phone to your ear while holding it away from your face.
5. Using a hand-held device like a phone or tablet
Looking down while using one of these devices causes a bad strain on your neck muscles, not to mention flabby skin on your neck. Bending your chin towards your chest will eventually cause wrinkles in your skin that will definitely make it look aged.
When you’re on your phone, hold it up to your face so you aren’t looking down. You might even notice that your shoulders and neck feel better when you do this.
6. Resting your face in your hand
A lot of people have this bad habit of putting their hand on their face. This is bad for two reasons. One is that the oils on your hand will spread to your face, causing acne to build up and eventually scar.
Another reason not to do this is it causes your skin to loose its elasticity. This will cause it to sag and wrinkle prematurely, so try to keep your hands down and away from your face when sitting down.
The age-old saying that it takes more muscles to frown than to smile is true. And this can lead to tensed facial muscles that will wear your skin down over time. Furrowing your brows is also going to cause wrinkles and creases in your skin on your forehead that will be noticeable.
Try to relax your face when you notice it’s being pulled into this position. Sometimes it’s hard to avoid because it’s a natural expression, but relaxing the muscles in your face will help prevent those wrinkles and that creasing.
8. Hot showers
Hot showers at the end of the day or first thing in the morning feel great and they bring us comfort. But the heat will wear the top layer of your skin down.
Keep your shower a comfortable warm temperature, and if you really want some heat, give yourself 30 seconds, then go back to warm. Hot water can lead to dry skin and over-exfoliation. Although it’s relaxing, try not to stay in the hot water too long.
9. Too much A/C
Sometimes, it’s necessary to crank the A/C. But A/C units usually dry the air out by removing humidity, and this can lead to dry skin.
If you’re A/C is constantly running, make sure you’re moisturizing properly and keeping an eye on your dry skin. Skin without moisture will dull and wrinkle faster than moisturized skin.
10. Your pillowcase
Sleeping on your pillowcase all night causes leftover dirt and oil to build up. Cotton pillowcases are the worst offenders because they absorb and hold onto all the bad things. To avoid this, get a silk pillowcase that only you sleep on and be sure your skin is as clean and moisturized as you can get it before sleeping. Never fall asleep without washing your face or taking your makeup off.
If you don’t have a silk pillowcase, try to change your cotton case out as often as possible. Dead skin and bacteria can also build up on the surface where you put your face every night. It can irritate your skin and make your skin routine harder to yield results.
The right skin care routine is an absolute must, but by following these tips, you can get the most out of it. We don’t even realize that we have most of these habits, so by being aware we’re doing them, we can stop and take better care of our skin.