While many of my friends, colleagues, and family members attest to the fact that they’ve earned their wrinkles—there are plenty of daily habits that accelerate the process. From those fine lines around your eyes (some dub them crow’s feet) to those deep crevices on either side of your mouth (many call them smile lines), the following seven bad habits can make wrinkles show up sooner and more harshly.
Minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by avoiding these bad, crease-causing habits…
1. You’re a Smoker
Mirror, mirror on the wall…I think everyone can agree that you look far healthier without that cigarette between your lips. There are numerous reasons why smoking is unhealthy—including the repetitive facial motions it takes to purse your lips and inhale, and the manner in which the chemicals in cigarettes wear away skin’s elastin.
According to studies published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, smoking cigarettes restricts the fresh blood and oxygen flow needed for skin cell rejuvenation and zaps your visage of vital nutrients. Sadly, smoking leaves you with fine lines around your mouth and less elasticity in skin fiber at a much earlier age.