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Drinking Through a Straw and Other Mistakes That Are Aging You

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1. Drinking through a straw

Repetitive facial movements are the culprit here. Regularly pursing your lips may cause the skin to lose elasticity more quickly, leading to premature lines and wrinkles around the mouth. Drinking from a bottle has a similar effect. To be on the safe side, just pour water into a cup and drink it that way.

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2. Drinking anything but water

Wrinkles can occur as a result of dehydration. Loss of collagen and elasticity, which leads to sagging skin, as well as loss of hyaluronic acid, a natural substance that is often used as lip filler in plastic surgery, hurt the skin’s ability to retain water. This makes fine lines and scales even more apparent. Sugary beverages, such as sodas, fruit juices, and sports drinks can accelerate cell aging.

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3. Enjoying Happy Hour too much

A study of more than 11,000 people showed a correlation between high alcohol consumption and visible signs of premature aging. More specifically, drinking too much increases the risk of developing arcus corneae (a white or gray half-circle on your eye) and earlobe crease (a line or a wrinkle in the middle of the earlobe). Alcohol also causes dehydration, which is a major contributor to premature aging.

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4. Always having dessert

Sugar can have a detrimental effect on the skin. It damages collagen fibers and makes it harder for them to heal. Glucose and fructose connect the amino acids in the collagen and elastin that support the skin, producing advanced glycation end products (AGEs), which contribute to increased oxidant stress and inflammation. Both of them are huge factors in skin aging.

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5. Cranking up the heat at home

Increasing a room’s temperature dries the air by sucking out the moisture. Over time, this can lead to dry and itchy skin. A study suggests that even a 30% difference in relative humidity can affect skin properties in a short time. There was a significant decrease in skin elasticity and significant increases in wrinkles after exposure to dry air. Bedroom temperatures should be between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the National Sleep Foundation; the World Health Organization recommends a temperature of 69.8 degrees Fahrenheit for the living room and 64.4 degrees Fahrenheit for other occupied rooms.

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