- Your daily habits can give you wrinkles over time without you noticing.
- Habits that constantly cause your face to crease, such as sleeping face down or resting your face on your hands, can lead to wrinkles over time.
- Excessive sugar intake, sleep deprivation, and constant exposure to air pollution can also take a toll on your complexion.
Watch out for these seemingly innocent habits that can give you wrinkles over time.
Rubbing your eyes
The sensitive skin around your eyes is prone to damage. “Rubbing this sensitive area stretches skin and breaks down collagen and elastin, which can result in wrinkles,” explains dermatologist Sejal Shah, MD.
Not using sunglasses
Squinting causes creases in your skin.
Dr. Shah warns, “Initially you may see the wrinkle only when you make the movement, but over time the collagen will break down and the wrinkles will become deeper and fixed.”
Make sure to wear sunglasses or prescription glasses if necessary.
Inserting contact lenses
It’s not the wearing of contacts that causes creases, it’s the method of insertion. If you put in contacts by raising your eyebrows or pulling up your eyelids, the repetitive movement can lead to wrinkles.
Excessive sugar intake
Having a sugar-loaded diet can produce “advanced glycation end products” (AGEs), harmful compounds that are formed when protein or fat combine with sugar in the bloodstream. AGEs can damage your skin’s collagen and elastin, leading to sagging skin and wrinkles.
Sleep helps your skin repair and renew itself, so depriving yourself of good quality sleep can cause less cell turnover and a dull complexion. This can lead to redder and more swollen eyes, hanging eyelids, and darker under-eye circles.
Sleeping on your stomach
“When you sleep on your stomach, your face is smushed down against the pillow, pushing the skin into creases. After several hours in this position, the wrinkles became etched into your face.” explains Dr. Shah.
This sleeping position also makes it more difficult for fluid to drain, which can cause puffy eyes.
Switch to sleeping on your back with your head slightly elevated.
Constantly staring down at your gadgets
Constantly staring down at your electronic devices for hours can cause lines and wrinkles to form on your neck—a condition sometimes called tech neck.
Using a straw
Drinking through a straw may help prevent teeth staining, but this will cause you to purse your lips. This repetitive motion can take a toll on your skin, causing wrinkles to form around your lips, says Dr. Shah.
Resting your face on your hands
The pressure exerted by your hands can break down your skin’s collagen and elastin.
“When your hand props your face up, it also pushes the skin into creases, which can become permanent as this behavior is repeated over time,” Dr. Shah warns.
When you chew gum, your cheek muscles become overactive. Regularly doing this can lead to wrinkles on the cheeks and around the mouth.
Keep the gum chewing to a minimum.
Exposure to air pollution
Daily exposure to air pollution can damage your skin’s barrier, leading to oxidative stress and premature skin aging, says Dr. Shah.
Help fight off the damage by using skincare products with detoxifying ingredients.
Source: THE Healthy