What Causes Wrinkles? | 11 Bad Habits You Need To Stop Doing

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Are you wondering what causes wrinkles? Apart from aging, it’s all about the bad habits you should be avoiding.

In this article:

  1. Tugging Your Eyes While Applying Your Eyeliner
  2. Using Multiple Products at the Same Time Without Knowing the Proper Application
  3. Skipping Sunscreen When Driving
  4. Assuming Organic Products Are Better
  5. Aggressively Removing Eye Makeup
  6. Sleeping on Your Side or Stomach
  7. Cleaning Your Face Too Thoroughly
  8. Giving up Easily on Products Too Soon
  9. Relying Too Much on a Single Anti-aging Product
  10. Sitting Too Close to the Computer Screen
  11. Smoking Cigarettes

What Causes Wrinkles | Stop Doing These Things

 

1. Tugging Your Eyes While Applying Your Eyeliner

It’s understandable that it can’t be helped to pull the skin around your eyes to get the perfect eye look. But, constant aggressive tugging in this area can actually cause bad wrinkles, broken blood vessels, and puffiness under the eyes in the long term. Instead, try an eyeliner that glides instead of tugs.

2. Using Multiple Products at the Same Time Without Knowing the Proper Application

Many people use a lot of anti-aging products, such as wrinkle filler, sunscreen, eye gel, eye cream, face oil, moisturizer, serum, toner, face wash, and makeup remover, to take care of their skin. What they don’t know is that the many beauty products used, the higher the risk of developing wrinkles, especially if they are not correctly applied.

Michael Lin, a dermatologist, said that “the trick to using multiple products is strategic layering.” Lin emphasized that products with lower viscosity should be applied first as it promotes absorption of other products. Applying in the wrong order, or applying products with higher viscosity first stops the penetration of other products to your skin.

3. Skipping Sunscreen When Driving

Woman on the steering wheel | What Causes Wrinkles

Another cause of wrinkles is driving without sunscreen just because you are inside the car. A study revealed that almost 53% of skin cancer in the US appears on the left side of the patients’ body. Drivers are more exposed to the damaging UV rays on the left side through the driver’s side window. Practice using sunscreen before going out to make sure you are always protected from the sun.

4. Assuming Organic Products Are Better

Organic is better and healthier when it comes to food. But, beauty products that are labeled “organic” do not always ensure they don’t promote premature aging signs or are safe. A British study showed that famous natural ingredients, such as jasmine, lavender, feverfew, and tea tree oil, can cause allergic reactions, especially to people with sensitive skin. It’s still best to check the labels for toxic ingredients, such as parabens, mercury, lead, dioxane, and phthalates, and watch out for natural ingredients that may cause you allergies.

5. Aggressively Removing Eye Makeup

Removing your eye makeup aggressively and pulling the skin around your eyes causes wrinkles. You should not tug or rub your eye area as it can cause bags under the eyes and broken blood vessels. Instead, remove your makeup gently at night even if it takes you awhile time to completely remove it.

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6. Sleeping on Your Side or Stomach

If you thought that sleeping on your side or stomach does not affect your skin, think again. These sleeping positions put repeated pressure against the collagen of your skin, promoting collagen breakdown that can lead to wrinkles. Instead, try sleeping on your back as the best way to avoid visible lines. It can’t be helped to change sleeping positions though, but you should always make sure to go back to sleeping on your back whenever you can.

7. Cleaning Your Face Too Thoroughly

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Cleaning your skin too thoroughly after a long day might sound great to remove grime, grease, and dirt from your pores. But, this can hurt he glow and youthful suppleness of your skin. Use gentle, fragrance free cleansers. These won’t strip off your skin’s natural oils, which promotes visible aging.

8. Giving up Easily on Products Too Soon

If you have tried new products but only experienced minimal results and then gave up on it after a few weeks, then you might be missing something. Some beauty products do not provide immediate effects because they give great benefits long term. Use products that you think are best for your skin and continue using them long term, unless you’re experiencing some skin damage.

9. Relying Too Much on a Single Anti-aging Product

Achieving the skin you desire does not entirely depend on a single “miracle product” you’re using every day because it boils down to your lifestyle. If you don’t eat a well-balanced diet, exercise regularly, and sleep enough, aging signs will speed up even if you have been using your anti-aging products. Sometimes, what causes wrinkles and other aging signs is not dirt or other pollutants; it’s an unhealthy lifestyle.

10. Sitting Too Close to the Computer Screen

Sitting too close to your computer screen does not only strain your eyes or cause damage to your eyes but also causes wrinkles and fine lines because of UV radiation. If your work requires long hours of sitting in front of a computer, try staying at a distance of at least 1 ½ to 2 feet away from the screen. You can also maintain a position that keeps your neck straight to decrease horizontal necklines. One more important thing is to take breaks from your work, say two to three times in an hour, to stretch and re-adjust your posture.

11. Smoking Cigarettes

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Cigarette smoking is never good for your health. Smoking causes damage internally and externally. Nicotine, for example, a known toxic ingredient in cigarettes, can promote insomnia that can lead to many sleepless nights, causing dark circles and bags under eyes. The smoke from the cigarette also hampers blood supply to your skin, which affects your tissue’s health and suppleness. Smoking also depletes vitamin C, a known antioxidant that helps repair your skin tissue and protect skin from damage.

 

The List shows us 10 habits that are making you look old:

These bad habits that many of us are doing are the primary answers to the question “What causes wrinkles?” It’s not always about what beauty products you use because your lifestyle also affects the health of your skin. Stop doing things that cause wrinkles now and switch to a healthier lifestyle to slow down the process of aging.

What other wrinkle-causing bad habits do you know? Which of the above habits are you constantly doing? How are you working to get rid of bad habits? Share with us in the comments section!

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