It’s well known that the passage of time leads to lines on the face, but in some cases, our everyday habits also contribute to signs of aging. If you’re aware of what’s making these wrinkles occur, you can take steps to prevent them from becoming more prominent and even stop new ones from appearing. To maintain smooth skin, follow these wrinkle prevention tips from Excelin Medical Spa in Appleton, WI. Juvederm® and BOTOX® can help to smooth out certain lines, but keeping wrinkles from forming in the first place—or at least delaying their development—is ideal.

1. Frowning, Squinting, and Pouting

While you can’t keep your face completely still and robotic (and who would want to, anyway?), you can train yourself not to use certain facial muscles as often. People who have very expressive faces and the tendency to repeatedly squint and frown can actually damage their skin. Each time facial muscles contract, they pull on the skin above, gradually causing creases to appear.

2. Sleeping in Some Positions

The constant pressure of sleeping on your side or stomach, with your face pushed down into a pillow, is believed to cause collagen to be break down faster, leading to “sleep wrinkles.” You can avoid this by sleeping on your back and using a silk pillowcase or contoured pillow.

3. Your Beauty Routine

The skin around your eyes is very thin and fragile. If you strain this skin too much by pulling and rubbing it when you apply makeup, the action can weaken it and lead to crow’s feet forming at the corners of the eyes. Arching your brows and stretching your mouth when putting on makeup can also has negative effects, similar to squinting and pouting.

4. Chewing Gum Excessively

If you constantly chew gum, your muscles in the lower jaw are working overtime. This could lead to a heavier, square jaw as the muscles bulk up, as well as wrinkles around the upper lips due to routine muscle motion.

5. Staring at a Phone

Bad posture when you’re constantly looking down at a screen causes more lines to appear on the chin and neck area. This is called “tech neck” and can be avoided by lifting your phone and taking regular breaks to sit up straight and look away from your device.

Want more information about preventing or treating other common signs of aging? Contact Excelin Medical Spa in Appleton, WI, by calling our office to request an appointment at 920-931-0022 or submitting a form with your contact details.

Dr. Victoria Negrete

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