Are Everyday Habits Giving Us Wrinkles?

Do the words “if you pull a face like that, it’ll stay that way” ring a bell? Turns out our moms may have been onto something. Dr Janet Wu, a respected dermatologist, believes that our muscular movements contribute to skin ageing.

Dr Wu explains that the way we manipulate our faces can cause wrinkles, and as a result, she suggests avoiding certain “bad” habits.

Her biggest concern? Chewing bubblegum. “Over time, your jaw muscles build up, they get bulky, and that contributes to a jowled look. Not only that, but over time, chewing gum can also contribute to wrinkles above your upper lip,” Dr Wu said. Can’t go without it after lunch? She suggests having a mint instead.

Ever hear people say that sleeping on your side contributes to wrinkles? According to Dr Wu, “If you sleep on your face and you squash your face for seven, eight, nine hours at night, it’s creating a crease in the skin.” She believes that over time, these creases translate into permanent wrinkles, and that we should sleep on a silk or satin pillow case to reduce the risks, as it’ll create less friction.

Her final bit of advice? Drink from a glass, without a straw. “Every time you suck from a straw, you pucker, and over time that squeezing increasingly leads to wrinkles.”

According to our fave scientific beauty experts, The Beauty Brains, wrinkles develop when the collagen in the deeper layers of the skin collapses or gets damaged, and has nothing to do with surface manipulation.

They’re not convinced by Dr Wu’s theories, and we probably won’t be giving up our habits just yet. But, it’s certainly got us thinking!

Comment below and let us know if you will be changing any of your habits to limit those fine lines?

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100 thoughts on “Are Everyday Habits Giving Us Wrinkles?

    • ndlovunonoza31 says:

      What an interesting read,l didnt know all that especially the chewing gum theory.l will definitely be stopping to chew gum and use mint instead.Thank you so much Rubybox for such informative suggestions.l will start practicing the good habits for the better
      #Rubybox#NoMoreWrinkes.

  1. SAMANTHA CELENE KUPPAN says:

    I am very self conscious about my face, and i normally crease my forehead when I am angry and I always sleep on my tummy or side and my face is always squashed to my pillow.. I recently noticed that I have some fine lines around my eye area and forehead, which is a nightmare. Thank God I stopped drinking with a straw and I am definitely going to change my sheets into satin so I can reduce these wrinkles. Thank you Ruby box!! your article as really inspired me to take better care of my skin..

  2. SAMANTHA CELENE KUPPAN says:

    I am very self conscious about my face, and i normally crease my forehead when I am angry and I always sleep on my tummy or side and my face is always squashed to my pillow.. I recently noticed that I have some fine lines around my eye area and forehead, which is a nightmare. Thank God I stopped drinking with a straw and I am definitely going to change my sheets in satin so I can reduce these wrinkles. Thank you Ruby box your article as really inspired me to take better care of my skin..

  3. Alecia November says:

    totally loved this article was informative as I am going to be 40 in 3 months time so wrinkles and grey hairs are starting, but with information I can now help reduce my wrinkles