Next time you’re in the bathroom take a good, long, hard look in the mirror. Be honest. Do you like what you see?
Many of us don’t.
The face staring back at us—more dull, dry and wrinkled than we’d like to admit—just doesn’t match how we feel inside. If your skin is making you feel old before your time, you’re not alone. It’s a common complaint.
But, here’s the thing. It turns out you could accidentally be your own worst enemy when it comes to adding years to your face. Following are eight mistakes you may be making that could be putting your skin on the aging fast track.
1. Moisturizing incorrectly:
If you’re already moisturizing, that’s fantastic! It’s the single most important thing you can do to keep your skin looking its best. But it may not be enough. It’s also important that you moisturize the right way to get the most out of your routine.
- First, moisturize every single day. Don’t wait until your skin is dry to apply.
- Second slather on your lotions within three minutes of stepping out of the shower or washing your face. That way you’ll be locking in the water before it has time to start evaporating.
- Finally, remember to exfoliate. Dead skin creates a barrier that’s difficult for your moisturizer to get through.
2. Tummy sleeping:
If you sleep on your stomach it’s time to think about changing your habit. Sleeping with your face pressed into your pillow can cause wrinkles and premature aging. It may take some getting used to, but give sleeping on your back a try. Oh and ladies, as a bonus back sleeping fights chest sag too.
3. Sleeping on the same sheets too long:
To protect your skin you should never go longer than a week between bed sheet changes. Sheets that go longer than that between washes pick up mites, bacteria and allergens that can cause dry skin, inflammation and premature aging.
4. Ignoring your eyes:
If you need glasses but aren’t wearing them, your skin is likely paying the price. Squinting to read or to see causes the skin around your eyes and forehead to wrinkle. Do it long enough and those wrinkles will become permanent, making you look far older than a stylish pair of glasses ever would. Make an appointment to see the eye-doctor today.
5. Using water that’s too hot:
It’s tempting to crank up the hot water and hang out in the hot shower until the tank runs dry. But that’s one of the worst things you can do for your skin. While steam can open your pores, making moisturizing even more effective, hot water triggers inflammation and strips your skin of the oils it needs to stay dewy soft and hydrated. Stick to quick warm showers and use tepid water to wash your face.
6. Keeping the house too hot or too cold:
Cranking up the heat to tropical-island hot when it’s cold outside will take its toll on your skin. The dry heat causes your skin to dry out. But frigid cold air conditioning during the warm months can be drying too. Consider using a humidifier (just be sure to follow instructions so it stays clean) and keep your house temperature in the moderate range. Also, don’t forget to moisturize!
7. Not eating enough fat:
If you’ve bought into the low-fat is best myth you’re doing your skin a disservice. Having enough healthy fats in your diet is important for every aspect of your health, including skin health. Soft, supple, wrinkle-free skin needs fat to exist. So grab an avocado, or a fistful of nuts, and enjoy younger looking skin as a result.
8. Getting too much sugar:
There was a huge push, starting back in the 1980s, to remove fat from our diets. Unfortunately, in most prepared food that fat was—more often than not—replaced with sugar, and it shows in your skin. Sugar creates inflammation, which ages everything, including your face. Become a dedicated label reader and slash the added sugars from your diet. You will be rewarded with younger looking, healthier skin.
Make looking in the mirror a pleasure again by avoiding these eight skin-aging mistakes starting today. Do you have a favorite skin care trick? Scroll down and share it with us in the comment below.