Just as soon as we’re out of the spotty, hormonal teenage years, our skin begins the process of aging. Doesn’t seem fair really, does it? While aging is a natural process that everyone who’s lucky enough to make it to their later years will experience, there’s plenty you could be doing which is speeding up the process. No one wants to look years older than their age, and so if you want to keep your youthful good looks for as long as possible- here are some things you might be doing wrong!
Not Removing Makeup
When we sleep our skin cells regenerate and repair. Being clogged with makeup interrupts this process, and over time can cause damage and aging to the skin. Micellar water is an effective makeup remover, a few drops applied to a cotton bud can really help to lift impurities from the surface of the skin. Follow it up with a light cleanser and then moisturize for a soft and fresh feeling complexion.
Not Wearing Sunscreen
Remembering to wear sunscreen every day is a pain. When it’s not sunny outside it’s so tempting to skip it. However, the sun’s rays are damaging all year round! If you know this is a step you won’t stick to, buy a moisturizer or a foundation with SPF included. That way you kill two birds with one stone, you protect your face doing a step that you’d do anyway.
Smoking starves your cells of oxygen, reduces blood flow and leaves skin dry and discolored. Since it also depletes nutrients in the body (including things like vitamin C which help to repair and protect against skin damage) it’s a double whammy. Smoking causes damage in many areas of the body and puts you at risk of numerous cancers and other diseases. It’s always worth trying to quit for both health and cosmetic reasons. You might get away with it for a few years, but eventually, you will be able to tell a smoker from a non-smoker just from looking at their skin. It tends to look duller and characteristic lines appear around the mouth. There are procedures you can have done which help to smooth out wrinkles, although it’s best to do what you can to avoid them in the first place.
Sleeping In The Wrong Position
Yes, even sleeping can cause wrinkles! If you’re laying in the wrong position, that is. Sleeping with your face pressed up against the pillow night after night can cause ‘sleep wrinkles’ these aren’t just temporary indents but actual wrinkles that don’t go away. Try adjusting your sleeping pattern to sleep on your back, using a V shaped pillow or using a silk or satin pillowcase. Even if you haven’t noticed fine lines and wrinkles from age yet, you might well be able to see sleep wrinkles on a bright day if you look in a mirror. They’re likely to be on one side of your face, possible vertical under the eye where the cheek has pushed the skin a certain way.