7 Surprisingly Sneaky Things That Cause Wrinkles

posted: 05/21/15
by: Mara Betsch
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Do you know what's really causing those fine lines?

No matter how much overpriced moisturizer you slather on, at some point, you're probably going to see some fine (and not-so-fine) lines on your face. Wrinkles are part of getting older -- as our skin gets thinner, drier and loses collagen, it become less elastic. But that doesn't mean you can't do little things to keep you skin as healthy and wrinkle-free as possible. You probably know you should slather on sunscreen and quit smoking, but are you avoiding these seven sneaky causes of fine lines?

1. Eating junk food

Studies show that eating high amounts of sugar can take a toll on you skin -- a process called glycation can cause collagen to become more brittle. And you may want to skip that second glass of wine, too. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, alcohol can increase leaks in blood vessels, which can cause your skin to sag or appear puffy. It also dehydrates you, making wrinkles even more apparent.

2. ...And not eating enough fish

Not only do healthy fats (aka omega-3 fatty acids) help prevent plenty of chronic illnesses like heart disease and diabetes, but they also improve your skin. These fats improve cell membranes, helping them to retain water and helping your skin stay moisturized and smooth. If you're not a big fan of fish, you can get this important nutrient through walnuts and flax seeds.

3. Sitting too much

Inactivity is bad for your waistline, heart, and your skin! A recent Canadian study found that exercise greatly improved their skin composition, giving it the structure of someone 20 years younger! And it's never too late! Sedentary adults who began a workout routine showed improvements in their skin.

4. Skipping sunglasses

You know to put on sunscreen and wear a daily moisturizer, but did you know that wearing your sunglasses can prevent squinting, which can help you avoid crow's feet? Just be sure to choose a pair that contains UV filters, which will keep harmful rays from damaging the thin skin around your eyes.

5. Overwashing your face

Sleeping in makeup is never a good thing, but scrubbing your face with harsh deodorant soaps can cause a complexion catastrophe. The skin's natural oils keep your skin hydrated, and if you wash more than once a day, you could be drying out your skin without even realizing it. Be sure to use lukewarm water, too: Hot water can also damage the skin in the same way!

6. Sipping through straws

Straws may help you avoid stains on your teeth, but the may also hurt the skin around your mouth. The repeated pursing of lips can cause fine lines around the mouth -- but it usually takes several drinks sipped through a straw to cause damage. Opt to drink directly out of a can or bottle if possible!

7. Making silly faces

We hate to admit it, but smiling, frowning, raising your eyebrows and other facial movements can cause grooves in your skin that increase with age. Even Kim Kardashian avoids it, writing on Twitter: "See I do smile... even laugh on occasion. Not too often though because it causes wrinkles @shammaurice.' But we're not telling you to never laugh again -- what kind of life would that be? -- just be sure to avoid the other items on this list!