What habits increase wrinkles over time

12 bad habits that cause wrinkles

Laugh lines, forehead lines, and chin lines - wrinkles are a hallmark of aging. They reflect the way of life on the skin and are more present in some and less in others. Wrinkles have many causes. They arise due to strong sunlight, the constant squinting of the eyes (for example when laughing) or appear in the form of hanging cheeks due to the decreasing firmness of the skin and connective tissue.

Other causes of wrinkles include pollutants, excessive smoking and alcohol, dehydration, and some medications. But daily habits and behaviors also promote the development of early wrinkles. Avoiding these bad habits can help keep skin looking younger for years to come.

Sleep on your stomach and on your side

Sleep is incredibly important to skin health. Just 6 to 7 hours of good sleep a day are enough to make the skin look fresher and younger. In addition to the quality of sleep, the sleeping position is also decisive for the skin.

Sleeping on your stomach or on your side can cause wrinkles. No matter how soft your own pillow is. Burrowing your face into the pillow puts pressure on collagen and elastin fibers in the skin and over time leads to fine lines on your chin, cheeks and forehead.

To avoid sleeping wrinkles, it is preferable to sleep on your back. Lying on your back also reduces the effect of gravity on the facial skin and has a tightening rather than wrinkling effect. A satin pillowcase also reduces creases on the face when turned at night.

Facial expressions

Facial expressions increase the power of communication. However, repetitive facial expressions encourage the development of fine wrinkles and lines. The biggest culprits are often the unconscious facial expressions. The thoughtful look, the wrinkling of the nose, the frowning of the forehead, a pouting mouth, an angry look and the constant blinking of the eyes overwork the facial muscles in the long run.

Repetitive facial expressions irritate and strain the facial muscles unnecessarily. As a result, they tense up, lose flexibility and, over time, show up in prominent lines and even furrows in the skin.

Any repetitive facial muscle movement causes wrinkles. Regardless of whether the muscles are moved consciously or unconsciously. Strong rubbing and pulling while applying makeup or cleaning the skin is similar. The skin becomes excessively irritated as a result.


Nutrients are the fuel of our cells. They support cell regeneration, help remove cell debris and care for the skin. Consumption of processed and refined foods, as well as sugar, accelerates the premature aging of the skin. The reason: Such foods and sugars put a strain on the body instead of helping it and promote the development of a number of inflammatory processes in the body.

Raw cocoa beans and chia seeds help reduce the cravings for sweets. Both also provide plenty of nutrients and cell-supporting antioxidants. Blueberries, goji berries, acai berries and pomegranates are also particularly rich in natural antioxidants. They are considered wonderful anti aging foods.


Our skin is the first organ to suffer from dehydration. A lack of water not only causes poor blood circulation, but also dehydration of the skin. Drinking enough water supplies the skin with moisture from the inside out and promotes the activity of healthy cell functions. Depending on your height, your body needs 3 liters of pure water a day.

Note: Frequent drinking through a straw strains the lip muscles and promotes the formation of fine lip wrinkles. A smile, on the other hand, tightens the lips.


Too much alcohol is not only good for your health, but also harmful to your skin. Alcohol accelerates the aging process and exploits the body's own vitamin A. Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant and supports the production of collagen. If the skin lacks collagen, its firmness is impaired and the skin ages prematurely. Excessive alcohol also causes the blood vessels to bloat and thus contributes to the formation of varicose veins.

Alcohol acts like a diuretic. The more of it is drunk, the more the body becomes dehydrated. Insufficient hydration has a negative impact on the skin and makes it more prone to premature aging.

For young, firm and smooth skin, alcohol should be avoided and natural and healthy drinks should be used instead.


Smoking is a common cause of high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, infertility, and more. Smoking accelerates the aging process from a young age and worsens skin conditions such as psoriasis, sagging skin, and uneven skin tone. Smoking also overwhelms the muscles around the mouth and creates deep wrinkles over time. Even if you do not smoke yourself, smoke from passive smoking can irritate the skin.

Sleep with makeup on

At the end of a hectic and exhausting day, your eyes often close with tiredness on the sofa. The result: a night with make-up.

Sleeping with makeup on causes significant damage to the skin and accelerates the aging process. Make-up absorbs pollutants and free radicals from the environment throughout the day. If the make-up is not removed before going to bed, the pores of the skin become clogged and the breakdown of collagen fibers in the skin begins.

No matter how tired you are in the evening, your skin needs care. By removing make-up, washing your face and creaming the skin with coconut oil, the skin can breathe freely and regenerate during the night. It is even better not to put on make-up, and to give the skin time for regeneration and cell renewal even during the day.

Wash skin with soap

Cleaning the skin with soap causes skin damage. Soap contains many harsh chemicals and can alter the natural pH of the skin. The skin loses moisture and blemishes and pimples appear more quickly. Washing the skin with only pure water helps to remove dirt and creaming the skin with coconut oil provides it with antibacterial properties.

Exfoliating too much

Exfoliating is good for removing dirt, debris, excess oil, and dead cells from the skin. Regular peeling allows regenerating oils (such as coconut oil) to penetrate deeper into the skin, giving the skin a young and radiant appearance. However, excessive exfoliation can remove the skin's natural oils, redden the skin, and cause skin irritation.

With dry skin, the peeling should be carried out no more than once a week and with oily skin up to 2 times a week. Natural ingredients (such as papaya and Himalayan salt) should also be used for the exfoliation to avoid irritation from chemical ingredients. During the peeling, the skin should be massaged with gentle movements, not scrubbing hard.

UV rays

Sunlight is a vital source of vitamin D. It promotes the regeneration of skin cells and sets numerous processes in the body in motion. However, strong sunlight and exposure to ultraviolet (UV) sun rays are among the main causes of premature aging on the skin. UV rays also increase the risk of skin cancer, including the development of life-threatening melanoma.

In order to prevent wrinkles and at the same time to do something for your health, you should already be in the sun early in the morning. Extreme times of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. should be avoided. Protective clothing such as wide hats, long-sleeved shirts and sunglasses also offer protection during these times of the day.

Long hot showers

After a long and busy day, a hot shower is very relaxing. But unfortunately, the intense heat can cause many skin problems, including wrinkles. The warm water removes the natural oils from the skin, which normally serve as a protective barrier. Without this protection, the skin becomes more prone to premature aging.

Instead of taking a hot shower, a lukewarm shower helps the skin retain moisture. However, alternating showers are better. Alternating warm and cold rinses stimulate blood circulation in the skin, have a preventive effect against varicose veins and train the muscles of the blood vessels.

Forget ears, neck and hands

Even if the face is flawless and wrinkle-free, sagging skin around the neck and wrinkled hands can ruin the look a lot. In order to keep the fresh and young look, the ears, neck and hands need special attention.

The gentle scrubbing of the neck, throat, ears and hands stimulates the blood circulation, helps to remove dead skin cells and to initiate cell regeneration. Rubbing the skin with olive oil or coconut oil gives it additional moisture, which is particularly supportive after a shower and on cold winter days.

A habit often follows an unconscious pattern of action. And an unconscious pattern of action often leads to unexpected and unsightly consequences. When we become aware of habits, life can be lived and controlled more carefully.

Health is delicious

Incorporating healthy foods into your diet is often easier than you think. Combinations of healthy and nutritious foods invigorate everyday life, ensure more energy and joy while eating. Because food should not only be healthy, but taste, give strength and make you happy.

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