You’re likely already aware of some health habits that make you look older, such as eating an unhealthy diet or a wrongheaded general lifestyle. Stress, most of all, is perpetually singled out as one of the culprits in why our skin and face suddenly look older than we really are. But plenty more habits exist that seem to be affecting the general health of our skin. Some of those habits may be ones you’ve been doing for years without realizing they could be aging your skin or changing the shape of your face.
Losing Weight in Middle Age
You might be surprised to learn that when we lose weight after the age of 40, it can ultimately change our faces to a point where we look older. This was determined by a doctor mentioned on the Canadian online magazine Best Health. In the study, hundreds of identical twins were looked at with one losing more weight than the fellow sibling. The one with the slightly fuller face looked younger than the other who lost weight. This provides a astute warning that we should establish a specific weight early and stick with it through life.
Rubbing Our Eyes
This other surprising habit of making us look older is one that might be as universal as stress or eating too much sugar. When we perpetually rub our eyes from being tired, it slowly removes the collagen around the area and makes us vulnerable to wrinkles. Many of us don’t realize how thin the skin is under our eyes. So the next time you feel tired and rub your eyes as a habit you’ve perhaps done since childhood, think of how much more tired you could possibly look later if you persist.
Creases in the Face From Sleeping on Your Pillow
Here you have another habit that seems to be universal, depending on your particular sleeping style. Those of you who sleep with your face down on a pillow risk the creation of creases in your face that can become permanent over time. Cotton pillows, in particular, are rougher on the skin. What makes it worse is that if you keep doing this habit, your skin won’t regenerate because the pillow cuts off the skin’s circulation.
Yes, even if it may not feel comfortable for you, try sleeping on your back to keep your skin looking refreshed in the morning.
Not Drinking Enough Water
It’s hard to imagine that not drinking enough water could end up becoming an unhealthy habit for how our skin looks. Yet, it’s true that if we don’t hydrate ourselves, our skin can become overly dry and make the appearance of wrinkles more likely. Be sure to drink an average of eight glasses of water per day. However, if you feel like you can’t do that, eat foods like watermelon or tomatoes. These foods have very high water content.
Go forth and start making yourself look younger. You at least know you have some things you can control when stress is sometimes impossible to manage with many people.