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By Damilola Faustino

These are the rules that you may have to follow if you want to hold onto happy, youthful skin like the beautiful supermodel and beautician, Iman. Sometimes, you could be sabotaging yourself without even realizing it. Using expensive moisturizers, masks, and creams, aren’t necessarily a great investment if you drop the ball when it comes to other areas of your life. Here are a few ways your everyday routine could be making you look older.

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Indulging a little too much

After working a grueling eight-to-nine all week, you may want to get out of the rut by going all out to enjoy yourself. So, you should drink booze in moderation. If you cannot avoid alcohol, simply within your limit.

Overusing your central air and heating system

Back-and-forth temperatures are annoying, but overusing your central air and heating system dries out your skin because all the moisture is sucked out of the air in your home or apartment, making fine lines and wrinkles even more noticeable. If you absolutely need to crank up the AC or heating system,  ensure you hydrate your skin.

Getting rid of good fats from your diet

Not all fats are created equal. Unlike trans fats, for instance, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are healthy fats—and they’re great for your skin. Fats have been demonized has bad for your body but you actually need them as they’re building blocks for hormones and are responsible for cell membrane integrity, and getting enough good fats can result in healthy, glowing skin.

Spraying perfume on your neck

You may have seen others spritz perfume on their neck and wrists. But the skin on your neck is delicate, so applying perfume to that area is a no-no. The alcohol in fragrances is super drying—and can be especially problematic if you spray it on right before stepping out into the sunlight, which puts you at a higher risk of developing a skin condition called Poikiloderma of Civatte, which is basically skin discoloration due to prolonged periods of sun exposure.

Sipping your drink through a straw

Straws fight off teeth stains and minimize cavities, but the downside? The frequent motion of pursing your lips can cause wrinkles to form around the mouth.

Multitasking

Doing the absolute most 24/7 might impress your boss, but it’s likely wreaking havoc on your health. When you multitask, your body experiences higher amounts of stress than when you apply your focus to one task at a time. Chronic stress may affect the skin in adverse ways, especially in aging.

Sleeping on a cotton pillowcase

Do you ever notice how you wake up with creases on your face after a good night’s sleep? Many people sleep on their face, which can cause sleep lines or wrinkles. Rather than using cotton pillowcase, it is advisable to sleep on silk ones. It is also better for your hair.

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