When you notice that there are some thin lines appearing in your face, that’s when you know that you are getting old. Although a natural occurrence, developing wrinkles at an early age is something to be given immediate attention. A wrinkle, also known as a rhytide, is a fold, ridge or crease in the skin or on fabric. Skin wrinkles typically appear as a result of aging processes such as glycation, habitual sleeping positions, loss of body mass, or temporarily, as the result of prolonged immersion in water. (Wikipedia)

We may find that aging is the primary contributor of wrinkles but there are also other factors that can lead to wrinkles at a much younger age. It’s mostly because of what you do to your skin that usually causes wrinkles to appear.

Here are the “Bad Habits” that you do that makes those wrinkles appear.

1. Smoking

Smoking is a major health hazard. It causes cancer, heart ailments, high blood pressure, infertility, etc. and if these diseases don't give you any reason to quit, then you just have to accept a wrinkly face at an early age with open arms.

Smoking regularly worsens other skin conditions and makes your skin saggy. It also overworks your facial muscles as you sip and puff the smoke making your wrinkles deeper in time. Exposure to second-hand smoke also irritate your skin so even if you don’t smoke, try to stay away from people who do.

2. Drinking too much alcohol

Alcohol wrecks many people’s lives and skin as well. Of course, you’ll be asking why alcohol wrecks your skin. Here’s why: alcohol depletes the body’s level of vitamin A which is a powerful antioxidant that promotes the production of collagen. People deficient of collagen age faster and wrinkles appear faster.

Another note to consider with alcohol is it acts as a diuretic. The more you drink, the more you release fluids out, making you dehydrated. Dehydration deeply affects your skin; it makes thin lines and wrinkles appear on your face.

3. Too much use of exfoliating products

Exfoliating your skin is essential in keeping it healthy. It removes dirt, excess oils and dead skin cells. Exfoliating regularly helps other skin care products to penetrate deeply into your skin, making it look more radiant and smooth.

Although exfoliating benefits the skin, doing it more often does more harm than good. Too much exfoliation on the skin makes it drier by eliminating the skin’s natural oils, leaving your skin red and irritated.

When you exfoliate, make sure you do it once a week only if you have dry skin and twice per week when your skin is oily. Use gentle circular motion when exfoliating. Don’t rub it harshly or it will damage your skin cells.

4. Not putting on sunscreen

Aside from getting older, one of the primary cause of having wrinkles is over-exposure to ultraviolet (UV). Everybody needs to put sunscreen when going out in the sun especially women with fair skin. Spending time out in the sun for a period of time without sunscreen leads to the breakdown of collagen, making fine lines and wrinkles appear. A sunscreen with at least SPF 15 can protect you from the harsh rays of the sun.

Basking in sunlight for a few minutes is necessary because it’s a natural source of Vitamin D but you need to do it early in the morning at sunrise and avoid it during peak hours from 10 am to 4 pm.

5. Sleeping without removing Makeup

After a hard day’s work, most women feel tired enough to hit the sack without removing their makeup. This habit causes significant damage to your face and accelerates the aging process. During the day, your makeup is exposed to free radicals and pollutants without you knowing it and going to bed without removing it makes it much worse. It will break down collagen fibers and also clog your pores.

Removing makeup before going to bed and making it a habit leads to a healthier skin. Pamper your skin for about ten minutes by washing your face with a mild soap and apply moisturizer before sleeping, this allows your skin to “breathe” throughout the night.

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