Wrinkles are a part of aging and life. While we know to expect wrinkles as we get older, some of the battle has nothing to do with age. Your beauty routines and habits can impact it as well. See the bad habits that affect your skin’s aging process so you can cut them out.

1. Smoking
Smoking is the most common cause of wrinkles. So skip cigarettes and lose the wrinkles.

2. Your Diet
If you want to keep your skin healthy and young, the old saying that you are what you eat is definitely true. Eating too much sugar and high-glycemic foods doesn’t just impact your weight, it could make you look older too.

Refined sugar and other simple carbohydrates also trigger inflammation throughout the body by causing insulin levels to skyrocket.

Inflammation produces enzymes that break down collagen and elastin, which leads to sagging and wrinkles. So cut down on refined sugar and simple carbohydrates. Your skin will thank you!

3. Drinking
All alcohol dehydrates the skin, this means your skin will appear less plump and fresh the morning after you drink alcohol. Over time, your skin will lose elasticity and form wrinkles due to a lack of hydration.

4. Chewing Gum
Gum chewing produces a type of wrinkle that I see quite often on the lower mouth.  Additionally, it causes other issues in the mouth structure. This is an easy habit to give up in the name of preserving your skin.

5. Not Removing Makeup
When you sleep in your makeup, you’re basically asking for wrinkles. The makeup and environmental pollutants you accumulate during the day seep into your pores, breaking down collagen and elastin. This can speed up the aging process and leave you with fine lines and wrinkles. Cleanse and moisturize your skin every night before bed.

6. Picking
Stop picking at pesky zits and let them come out on their own or use natural products to help eliminate them. Any time you pick or pull at your skin, you’re causing damage and creating irritation, scars, and yes, even wrinkles.

7. Stretching Your Skin to Apply Makeup
This practice creates wrinkles and is generally frowned upon in the makeup world. It’s about moving your whole face when you’re applying makeup, not stretching it so it’s flat.

Author

Folasade Olatunji, an award winning Radio/Television Presenter, Red Carpet Host, Model and Blogger who started her career with Tv3 Nigeria, operated by Disc Communication Company as a Presnter in 2006, is a Native of Ogun State, born and breed in Lagos, studied Business Administration at the Fedral Polytecnic Ilaro and recieved Diploma in Presentation at the Pencil Film Institute (PEFTI).

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