These daily habits are giv­ing you wrin­kles

Sport­ing fine lines al­ready? Watch out for these daily habits that could be in­creas­ing the ap­pear­ance of wrin­kles ear­lier than you like.

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HAV­ING SWEET­ENED DRINKS DAILY

Your daily milk tea might be a sweet end to your lunch, but it spells trou­ble for your skin. Too much sugar in your blood­stream dam­ages col­la­gen, an im­por­tant pro­tein fi­bre that pre­serves the soft­ness of your skin. Keep your skin bouncy by re­duc­ing your in­take of these sweet­ened bev­er­ages – they’re bad news for your waist­line any­way.

US­ING A STRAW

If you’re al­ways drink­ing with a straw, it’s time to re­think that habit. The suck­ing ac­tion you make with pursed lips tenses up the mus­cles around your mouth, mak­ing it eas­ier for smile lines to ap­pear. Do­ing away with straws also means you are cut­ting down on plas­tic waste.

AP­PLY­ING MAKEUP FORCE­FULLY

Each time you blend con­cealer im­pa­tiently, you’re tug­ging at your del­i­cate skin (es­pe­cially your un­der-eye area), caus­ing wrin­kles to form more read­ily. In­stead of go­ing all out, dab lightly at your skin. This en­sures a more even ap­pli­ca­tion too.

SKIP­PING SPF

SPF is es­sen­tial to pro­tect you from the sun’s harm­ful rays – some­thing we get in abun­dance on this sunny is­land. Work sun­screen into your face and neck daily to main­tain youth­ful skin. Stud­ies have shown that reg­u­lar use of sun­screen pro­tects your skin from age­ing.

FROWN­ING

Fur­row­ing your brows or clench­ing your jaws tenses up your mus­cles un­nec­es­sar­ily, caus­ing wrin­kles to form eas­ily around your eyes and mouth. Learn to re­lax your fa­cial mus­cles – like what you’re asked to do dur­ing corpse pose in yoga – and you will look less aged in the long run.

US­ING YOUR MO­BILE PHONE

An­other peril of us­ing your mo­bile phone ex­ces­sively? Neck lines. Gaz­ing at the screen for long hours of­ten means you’re press­ing your chin into your neck for a pro­longed period. Other than get­ting a dreaded dou­ble chin, lines will also form pre­ma­turely on your neck over time.

SLEEP­ING ON YOUR SIDE

It feels su­per comfy to bury your face into the pil­low while doz­ing off, but that pres­sure re­sults in lots of tug­ging and pulling on your del­i­cate fa­cial mus­cles. The same goes for snooz­ing on your stom­ach – you have a high chance of in­cur­ring neck pain, too. Where pos­si­ble, sleep on your back.

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