Wrinkles are a natural part of the aging process — but sometimes, their development has nothing to do with age or genetics. Bad habits can have an impact and create wrinkles, putting the hard work of upholding a skincare routine down the drain. Learn the top five bad habits that can cause wrinkles so you can cut them out of your life, and discover how you can minimize aging skin.
5 Habits That Age Your Skin — And How to Fix Them
1. Sleeping on your side or stomach
Sleeping in the fetal position or on your stomach may be comfortable, but it’s not the best for your face to be pressed up against a pillow for eight hours every night. The gross reality is that your pillowcase collects dead skin cells, sweat and germs. So, by pressing your face into your pillow for hours each night, you introduce those contaminants to your pores. Additionally, as you shift around during sleep, your facial skin may pull on your pillowcase, which can contribute to the development of premature wrinkles.
Solution: Try sleeping on your back. If you’re inclined to turn to your side, you can prop a pillow to prevent yourself from sleeping on your side. If you can’t get comfortable sleeping on your back, try sleeping on a satin pillowcase. The smooth material tends to slide across your skin, rather than pull at it. While you’re at it, it’s also a good idea to clean your pillowcases regularly to prevent acne.
2. Rubbing your eyes
Whether you’re tired or it’s allergy season, it’s easy to rub your eyes without thinking about the consequences. It may be difficult to resist, the next time you reach for it, it’ll be in your best interest to pull back. The skin around your eyes is thin and one of the most delicate areas of your face. Rubbing and pulling at that skin may wear it down over time.
Solution: If the reason for rubbing your eyes is usually caused by stress, try to incorporate a stress-relieving activity into your life, like journaling or a daily yoga practice. If you have an itch around your eye, try to gently rub the center of the itch with one finger instead of rubbing it with your whole hand.
3. Stretching your eyelids to apply eyeliner
Applying makeup isn’t always easy — especially when you’re going for that perfect winged liner. While you may have noticed some beauty vloggers stretch their eyelids to apply eyeliner more precisely, this trick is not good for the long-term health of your skin. Since the skin around your eyes is so sensitive, it’s best to avoid pulling at your eyelids.
Solution: Depending on what type of makeup product you are applying, you can search for alternative ways to apply it more mindfully. For winged eyeliner, you can use the edge of a spoon or a piece of tape to trace a perfect winged shape. For liquid foundation, you may want to apply with a brush or blender instead of your fingers to avoid rough pulling.
4. Aggressively removing makeup
While it’s important to cleanse your skin every night as a step in your skincare routine, remember to take caution around your eyes. Waterproof mascara or eyeliner can make eye makeup removal more difficult, but instead of trying to wipe off makeup with greater intensity, keep the pressure gentle and take your time. In general, you want to avoid harsh scrubbing on your face.
Solution: Use a make-up remover formulated specifically for eye make-up, and use an oil cleanser before your usual facial cleanser for complete make-up removal. Double cleansing with an oil cleanser before your daily cleanser is a great way to ensure that you remove all of your makeup without the need for harsh scrubbing. The Sonique Anti-Aging LED Sonic Cleansing System can also help cleanse skin while offering the wrinkle-reduction benefits of red light therapy.
5. Skipping the sunscreen
Sunscreen is one of the most effective anti-aging products you can use. Sun exposure speeds up the natural aging process of your skin, causing wrinkles. So while you might think sunscreen is only necessary for long outdoor outings, it is best practice to wear sunscreen every day.
Solution: Wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more year-round. Even though some makeup foundations contain SPF, it’s best not to rely on that alone if you plan on spending time outside. If you’ve already experienced sun damage, light therapy products like the reVive Light Therapy Clinical Wrinkle Reduction & Anti-Aging can help minimize signs of sun damage.
How to Prevent and Help Fade Wrinkles
In addition to removing these habits from your life, your skin will benefit from a consistent skincare routine. Light therapy products are a powerful addition to any daily routine and can tackle a variety of common skincare concerns, including wrinkles, scarring, and acne.
If your primary goal is anti-aging, then red light therapy devices will likely be your best match. To test the waters or for spot treatments, the Glō Portable Anti-Aging Light Therapy Device is an ideal choice. The compact size is also convenient for those who are always on the go and want to take light therapy with them while traveling.
Other devices with a larger surface area, like the Nüve Professional Grade Anti-Aging Handheld Device and dpl® II Professional Anti-Aging Device, can treat large portions of your skin, or even your entire face and neck area, with just minutes of use a day.
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