Don’t Be a Raisin: 3 Weird Ways You’re Giving Yourself Wrinkles
In the crusade against wrinkles we are the first to employ any and all weapons—peptides, serums, hydrating eye creams…they’re all our besties. But while we know not to smoke, skip the sunscreen, or overindulge with the wine (still working on that one, it seems), we were previously unaware of a few everyday habits that could be making our faces increasingly raisin-esque. Here are three surprising ways you could be giving yourself wrinkles, because awareness is the first step to a smooth forehead, right?
Washing Your Face
No typo there folks, over-washing your face could be giving you wrinkles. According to dermatologists, tap water strips skin of its natural barrier oils and moisture that protect against wrinkles, so if you wash your face too often, you could be washing away your protection. Limit your face cleansing to a maximum of two times per day.
Maybe they shouldn’t call it “beauty sleep” after all. Turns out, sleeping in certain positions—on your side or face-down in the pillow—causes “sleep lines” on your face and neck. That alone is not a huge deal, but after many nights or years of sleeping in the same position, those lines can become permanent. Your best bet for avoiding sleep lines is snoozing on your back, but if that’s not going to happen, opt for a silk pillowcase—they’re said to minimize sleep creases because they are softer and smoother so your skin slides around. Another bonus: silk pillowcases are also easier on brittle and damaged strands because they create less friction than cotton.
Using Your Smartphone
Call it the smart phone squint; peering at a small screen causes facial strain, around and between the brows, which may cause premature wrinkles on the face. Somehow that text we needed to send seems less important now… To combat the effects, minimize your brightness, and increase your text size if you have a hard time reading (we won’t tell anyone).
Have you ever heard about these wacky wrinkle inducers before? What’s your take?