10 daily habits that are speeding up your ageing process
Skin starts ageing once you hit 25 (deep breaths everyone) and harmful daily habits could be speeding up the process, resulting in damage that even a 10-step routine can't fix
We all know the classic culprits that damage our skin - smoking, lack of sleep and happy hour are just a few. But did you know that your daily habits could also be contributing to the ageing process? Don’t panic - grab your night cream and listen up.
Drinking from straws
We’re saving the environment by replacing plastic straws with eco-friendly alternatives, but it definitely isn’t saving our skin. Using straws creates wrinkles and fine lines around the mouth similar to those you may get from smoking, thanks to frequent pursing of the lips.
Frequent squinting and furrowing due to glare from the sun (or even a laptop) causes crow’s feet and the dreaded ‘elevens’ – two deep, vertical lines between your brows. Invest in a pair of dark sunglasses to block out the glare. Thankfully, this means saying goodbye to that tiny sunglasses trend. Finally.
The pressure on your face from the pillow leads to poor circulation, contributing to the formation of wrinkles and often leading to breakouts. The best solution is to sleep on your back, but if you find it too uncomfortable, get your hands on a minimally-abrasive pillowcase that’ll be gentle on your skin.
Eating too much sugar breaks down collagen and elastin, weakening the skin and making any signs of ageing more visible. Avoid sugary, processed food and replace them with proteins, vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables and omega-3 fatty acids – though it's not like we needed an excuse to have more avocado toast.
We all love a morning coffee, but if you’re someone that needs multiple cups so that you don’t resemble a Walking Dead cast member, you may want to rethink. Coffee is severely dehydrating, which leaves your skin looking dull, damages collagen and accentuates dark circles - all of which are difficult to reverse.
Living in the UAE, we know to protect our skin when going outdoors. But SPF shouldn’t be limited to beach days. With a year’s worth of incidental sun exposure (from being in your car or by your office window) adding up to two full weeks at the beach, it’s important to wear sunscreen every day if you want to avoid a sagging neck and wrinkled skin. Yeah, we thought so.
As skincare-enthusiasts, we know that the skin around your eyes is the most delicate and should be handled with care. That means tapping in your eye-cream with your ring finger, and avoiding rubbing them when you’re tired, as it’ll stretch the skin and break down collagen, resulting in a sagging effect that can’t be reversed. Contact lens wearers beware – you’re especially susceptible to this so be gentle!
Bored at work? Propping your face up by your hands causes sagging skin, as the combination of pressure and repeated stretching breaks down precious collagen. Plus, your hand pushes the skin into creases creating skin overlaps, leading to deep, often permanent wrinkles.
Good for your teeth, not so good for your skin. Chewing gum can cause deep lines around the mouth from overusing your muscles, as the repetitive motion breaks down the skin’s elasticity. We just hope talking doesn’t lead to the same thing, or we’re a lost cause.
That winged liner may look amazing, but the countless attempts it takes can severely damage your skin. Pulling the skin breaks blood vessels and leads to puffiness, so opt for a liner that glides on, rather than a felt-tip or pencil. And be gentle when removing your make-up too –avoid aggressive tugging and invest in a heavy-duty make-up remover that’ll get the job done.