7 Surprising ways you’re aging your skin

By Melanie Rud Chadwick

You likely know the no-no’s: Not wearing sunscreen, smoking, and not getting enough sleep can make you look older. But we bet you aren’t aware that these other, seemingly harmless, habits may be causing fine lines and wrinkles.

We asked dermatologist Josh Zeichner, M.D., Director of Cosmetic & Clinical Research in Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City to fill us in on everyday activities that you may not realize are aging your skin.

1. Washing Your Face Too Much

Of course, it’s important to keep your skin clean, but don’t overdo it. Wash no more than twice daily (an extra wash pre- or post-workout is okay), and keep in mind that not all cleansers are created equal. Alkaline bar soaps strip your skin of its natural oils and can cause irritation; a non-soap cleanser is a much gentler option.

2. Drinking through a Straw

Sure, it looks more ladylike to sip your beverages, but repeatedly pursing your lips can cause wrinkling around your mouth. While not noticeable when you’re young, these lines become more pronounced as you age and your skin weakens.

3. Losing Weight

We all want to fit into those skinny jeans, but losing too much weight (or repeated weight gain and loss) causes your skin to lose elasticity, making it look saggy.

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