9 Things You're Doing to Make Yourself Look Old

By BrazenWoman

Here are some bad habits you need to break in order to look younger.

  • Sleeping on Your Stomach or Side

    Fetal and tummy sleeping positions cause uneven blood circulation which locks up nourishment, blood, and oxygen on some body parts while skin, causing it to become wrinkled.

  • Central Heating

    The central heating and air conditioning systems that many of us use at home and at work can severely dry out skin, leading to premature aging and wrinkles.

  • Smoking Anything

    This bad habit is ranked only second to sun exposure as the leading cause of wrinkles. Smoking interferes with the absorption of Vitamin A and C both of which provide us with skin protection.

  • Eating Too Much Sugar

    When blood sugar levels are high, a process called glycation occurs which damages the collagen in your skin. Once damaged, the normally springy collagen hardens, leading to wrinkles and sagging.

  • Drinking Too Much Booze

    Alcohol dehydrates the skin so it appears less plump and fresh the morning after. Over time, your skin will lose elasticity and form wrinkles due to a lack of hydration.

  • Chewing Gum

    Gum chewing produces a type of wrinkle that is often seen on the lower mouth. It causes other issues in the mouth structure as well. So even though it seems innocuous, it's not a great idea.

  • Sleeping in Your Makeup

    When you don't wash off your makeup before bed, you're asking for wrinkles. The pollutants you accumulate during the day seep into your pores, breaking down collagen and elastin.

  • Stretching Your Skin to Apply Makeup

    Don't pull on your eyes and stretch them so you can put on your eyeliner. It's about moving your whole face when you're applying makeup, not stretching it so it's flat.

  • Skipping Sunscreen

    It's so tempting to do without when you spend a lot of time indoors. Even a few minutes of sun exposure can lead to a breakdown of collagen that leads to fine lines and wrinkles.