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Drinking Through a Straw and Other Mistakes That Are Aging You

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6. Sleeping on your stomach or side

Sleep is the time when the body rests and rejuvenates, but it can also make you look older if you sleep on your side or stomach, according to research published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal. Facial aging, or sleep wrinkles, develop over time due to sleep positions. The skin on your face is subject to shear and compression. As a result it stretches in all directions, leading to stiffness and loss of elasticity over time.

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7. Not getting enough sleep

How you sleep is not the only factor contributing to premature aging. Insufficient shuteye can cause just as much damage to your skin. Research by University Hospitals Case Medical Center found that poor sleepers showed more signs of skin aging. Also, skin that was already damaged by stressors such as ultraviolet lights recovered at a slower pace in poor sleepers. Another study, by the University of California Los Angeles, suggested that just one night of insufficient sleep makes body cells in older adults, both men and women, age faster.

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8. Eating too much junk food

If you think you look older than your age, the reason may be your diet. The worse the foods you put in your body, the worse you will feel. Junk food can have a lot of trans fats, salt, and sugar, and very little, if any, nutritional benefits. It lacks vitamins and minerals the body and the skin need to stay healthy. It also damages collagen, which helps prevent wrinkles. Unhealthy dietary habits lead to the production of free radicals in the body that accelerate aging. Fruits and vegetables are a much better option.

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9. Having too much screen time

The blue light emitted by your laptop, phone, or TV is not only preventing you from falling asleep, it may also be damaging your skin. This high-energy visible light may cause a lot of skin damage, according to some research. It decreases carotenoids in the skin, leading to an increase of free radicals and degradation of the epidermal antioxidants. Long exposure to blue light may speed up the oxidation process, causing inflammation and damaging the skin, making it prone to lines and wrinkles.

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10. Slouching

Poor posture contributes to accelerated wear and tear on the joints and muscle strain, resulting in back pain. Slouching can also contribute to the so-called “tech neck,” which has been linked to wrinkles around the neck and chin due to the constant downward gaze. Slouching alters the spine’s natural alignment, putting pressure on muscles and bones, possibly causing permanent deformity.

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