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Chances are you’re doing all you can to maintain your youthful looking skin. You may be diligent about wearing sunscreen daily, using an anti-aging product, and applying moisturizer. However, there are a few mistakes that women often make, not realizing that they are sabotaging their skin and causing extra wrinkles.


Dr. Kally Papantoniou a board certified New York Dermatologist who often sees “skin saboteurs” in her practice, shares 10 skin sins that are easily avoidable. Be honest, are you guilty of any of the following?


1) Not wearing sunglasses

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While it is important to protect your eyes against harmful ultra violet rays sunglasses do more than just protect your eyes. They also play a role in protecting the thinner skin of the eye area against aging. Dr. Papantoniou says, “Repetitive squinting in bright light can lead to crow’s feet, which often require dermal fillers to smooth again. Keep sunglasses in your car so you’re less likely to find yourself out and about without them.”

My favorite eye cream: Clinique All About Eyes

2) Substituting sunscreen for a moisturizer

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While it’s great that you have made using sunscreen part of your daily routine, it doesn’t provide the same benefits as your moisturizer. Dr. Papantoniou stresses that, “Not all sunscreens hydrate, and some may even add oil or dry out your skin. Apply both moisturizer and sunscreen for days out in the sun, or use a moisturizer with SPF for daily use.”

My favorite moisturizer: Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrate 

3) Skipping the body

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Many people skip moisturizing their body after showering. As we age elbows and knees become dryer and skin begins to sag. A body moisturizer applied daily will lock in moisture keeping skin soft, supple and radiant.

My favorite body moisturizer: Mario Badescu Vitamin E Body Lotion

4) Bathing in hot water

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A steamy shower or soak in the hot tub may be great for sore muscles, but studies show it can be bad for your skin. That’s because hot water breaks down skin elasticity and causes premature wrinkling and sagging. When bathing, keep the water warm rather than piping hot and save the hot tub soaks for special occasions.

5) Sitting in front of a fire

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Sun damage isn’t the only light source responsible for aging. New studies show that the heat emitted by fire affects the skin similarly to UV rays, resulting in thinner skin, blotchiness, dryness, and free radical damage. Dr. Papanatoniou cautions to, “Be sure to sit at least 3 feet away from fireplaces and keep your exposure brief.”

6) Eating refined sugar

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Here is one more reason to curb your sweet tooth. Sugar damages collagen and elastin, youthful proteins that give the skin its firmness and elasticity. To keep your skin looking its best, swap sugary candy for fruit, skip the soda, and cut back on processed, packaged foods.

7) Sleeping face-down

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Pillow creases may be more than a temporary problem. Sleeping on your face for an extended period of time can cause permanent wrinkles to develop. Train yourself to sleep on your back or try a wrinkle-reducing pillow designed to minimize the amount of compression between the fabric and your skin.

8) Sipping through a straw

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“The puckering motion you use to drink through a straw is like that of smoking a cigarette, and can result in similar consequences. Using a straw etches vertical lines around your mouth that become more pronounced over time. Drink from a cup when possible to prolong a youthful pout,” says Dr. Papantoniou.

9) Driving without sunscreen

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The sun’s harmful rays actually penetrate the windows of your car? Windshield and window glass blocks UVB rays so you won’t get burned, the harmful UVA rays still penetrate. Protect your skin by applying SPF 30 or higher onto your face, arms and especially your hands to prevent wrinkles and spots. Dr. Papantoniou points out that, “UVA rays are the ones that prematurely age the skin and contribute to skin cancer.”

My favorite sunscreen: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face & Body Sunscreen Stick

10) Squinting at your computer

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Staring, frowning or squinting at a screen for too long can cause an unwanted line between your eyebrows and may lead to crow’s-feet around your eyes. It’s important to regularly visit your optometrist to have your eyes checked and be sure to take a break away from your desk every couple of hours.



  1. August 24, 2016 / 7:09 am

    Great tips! very informative blog. These tips are really beneficial for taking good care of skin. It slow down the aging process as well as it helps to prevent wrinkles. And you are right I Didn’t see these tips anywhere else.

  2. September 5, 2016 / 8:52 am

    Hi Buddy..
    Wow !!
    What a wonderful article you have shared with us.. I often use night/ day moisturising creme – particularly when I don’t forget!! I have switched products numerous times in attempt to find the creme most suitable for my skin type. Thank you so much for your recommendations. These tips are much needed to prevent aging skin. Thanks for sharing these tips with us.. keep sharing..
    Have a great day
    Annette H. Rizer

  3. October 12, 2016 / 7:29 am

    Amazing Great tips to protect skin from damageable things. I am impressed with your article. Really very helpful and easy to care skin. We can easily protect our skin by following these tips. All of above tips are only for face problems. I really like it. Thanks for sharing this wonderful article with us.
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  4. Maria
    April 17, 2017 / 7:37 am

    A superb post, TY! I had no idea I was doing so many of those skin ‘No-Nos’! While you’re at it, you should warn the smokers (especially chain smokers” about how smoking causes skin to wrinkle. Please do inspire them to quit smoking at least. You’ll be saving so many lives.

  5. May 29, 2018 / 1:10 am

    Very empowering indeed. You are right, women deserve to be more glowing. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and tips!

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