The ‘no chewing gum’ rule at school was in fact a great anti-ageing tool! ‘The motions caused by constant gum chewing can lead to creases around the mouth, even sagging jowls,’ says dermatologist Dr Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas. If you don’t want to go cold turkey on your gum habit, limit yourself to only two pieces of gum a week, with about 10 minutes of chewing time. If you use gum to distract you from your sweet cravings, rather grab a cup of tea instead.
Infrared radiation (IR) is released from anything that gives off heat in some way or another. The hotter something is, the more IR that object is emitting. Even though controlled levels of IR can be good for you, too much of it can cause skin spots or melasma. Reduce your exposure by not lingering around a hot stove too long, and don’t use your phone once it gets too warm.
3. Tech Neck
A recent study found that we check our phones more than 150 times a day on average. Every time we check them we are looking down and the skin around our neck is folding, which can cause premature wrinkles. Fight these wrinkles by holding your phone at eye level when looking at it. Of course, using a neck cream that has retinol or peptides can’t hurt either in slowing down the ageing process.
4. LED Lights
Contrary to popular belief, the sun’s UV rays are not the only form of light that is bad for skin. The LED light bulbs used in most homes and offices emit UV rays too. Although indoor lights are far safer than the sun, it’s easy to cut down your exposure to these UV rays. Change the bulbs in your house to low-wattage bulbs or energy-saving CFL bulbs.