Everyday Habits That Cause Wrinkles

Forgetting to apply SPF may be the biggest sin we commit against our skin, but these seemingly harmless moves can sabotage even the healthiest complexion.

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rubbing your eyes

The skin around your eyes is super delicate and prone to damage. “Rubbing this sensitive area stretches the skin and breaks down collagen and elastin, which can result in wrinkles,” says Sejal Shah, MD, a dermatologist in New York City. The more often you do it, the worse it gets. Have you ever pulled your lids tight to apply eyeliner? This has the same harmful effect. (Here’s what dermatologists want you to know about getting rid of wrinkles.)

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Leave your sunglasses at home

Squinting at the sun — or even your phone or computer — forces the muscles between your eyebrows and around your eyes to contract, causing the overlying skin to wrinkle. “At first you may only see the wrinkle when you make the move, but over time the collagen will break down and the wrinkles will become deeper and fixed,” says Dr. shah. The most common symptom of squinting? Crow’s feet! The best way to prevent them is to wear sunglasses. Be sure to see your eye doctor if you find yourself squinting to see – this could be a sign that you need glasses. Check out the other sneaky signs you need glasses (or a new prescription).

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