Wrinkles…we all fear the dreaded day that we wake up, look in the mirror, and notice that first wrinkle. This day comes for us at some point and it’s SCARY. We take precautions every day to prevent aging ourselves, but you could actually be aging yourself without even knowing it. Yep, that’s the hard truth. But never fear! Today I’m going to go over five ways in which you might be aging yourself without ever knowing it!
- You’re too sedentary.
So many of us work a job where we sit 7-8 hours a day without much movement. This, my friends, is bad. Movement is necessary to maintain and improve your metabolism. This doesn’t mean you need to carve out 2 hours a day to run 10 miles. But it does mean that you need to use the stairs more often and make sure you get up to walk around at least every 2 hours. It’s been said that sitting is the new smoking.
- You aren’t drinking enough water.
Water is the key to youthful looking skin! We’ve also touched base on the importance of water in our last advice column regarding hydrating your hair for hair growth. The magic of water is great! A helpful way to keep up with remembering to drink throughout the day is to buy a cute water bottle you can carry with you throughout the day. If you do this you’ll see just how much better you will feel. Big difference.
- You aren’t handling your stress.
Stress turns into wrinkles, bags under your eyes, and an overall negative effect on your body and its daily functions. Stress created a chemical explosion in your body that can affect it in many different ways, so get rid of your stress and get rid of some problems! Whether that means you take up yoga (which we are now offering Mondays and Wednesdays), meditation, boxing class, or another physical outlet. Show stress who’s boss and take control!
- You’re wearing your old bra.
How long have you owned your current bra? Longer than a year? It might be time to invest in a new one if you wear it almost every day. Like anything, bras can lose elasticity over time and they won’t perform as well as they did before. Bras elasticity will make your skin seem dropped and sagged… even if it isn’t truly like that! It may be hard, but out with the old and in with the new!
- You’re wearing heavy eyeliner.
If you’re starting to notice some crow’s feet around your eyes, avoid using a heavy eyeliner in your daily makeup routine. Not only can this be harsh on your eyelids, but it can draw extra attention to your eyes which means extra attention to possible wrinkles. Wrinkles are a part of life and growing older is a beautiful pleasure denied to many. But if you aren’t so comfortable with your new wrinkle then avoid the heavy eyeliner!
- You’re exfoliating TOO MUCH.
Have you bothered to read the directions with your favorite facial scrubs? Most of them suggest that you only use a scrub on your skin 2-3 times a week, and some recommend only once a week. If you’re using your favorite scrub every day, you might actually be harming your skin. So if you have been exposed to the exfoliation world or are considering giving it a shot, ask our esthetician Sara Bowlus-Houck what she recommends.
- You’re depriving your hair.
Do you use a deep conditioner? You should. As we get older, our hair needs more nutrients and moisture. Use a moisturizing masque on your hair once a week, or just simply schedule an appointment to get our clay pack and a style. Ask your stylist what deep conditioner will fit your hair needs best.
So there you have it, I hope this can help open your eyes to some better anti-aging techniques you can use every day to keep yourself looking young!