12 Surprising Habits That Make You Look Older - Rubbing Your Eyes

2. Rubbing Your Eyes

“Pulling, tugging and rubbing on delicate skin around the eyes can cause darkness,” says dermatologist Jeanine Downie, M.D., co-author of Beautiful Skin of Color (William Morrow) and director of Image Dermatology in Montclair, N.J.


Rubbing Your Eyes

Because skin pigment changes as you age, this can add years to your appearance.

Skin solutions: If you can’t stop rubbing your eyes, see an allergist to diagnose and treat symptoms.

Also, when applying makeup or putting in contact lenses, be gentle with the skin around your eyes. It will help prevent pigment problems and premature aging.


3. Cheating on Sleep

Sleep is essential for energy, concentration — and complexion.

Cheating on Sleep

“At night, skin goes into a renewal state,” says Jeannette Graf, M.D., an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.

“Not only does it repair itself [at night], but there’s also a difference in its pH and circulation so anti-aging products penetrate better.”

Skin solutions: To get enough sleep and prevent premature aging, follow these 4 tips:

  • Count back 7 to 8 hours from when you need to get up in the morning – then stick to that bedtime.
  • Make your bedroom dark, cool and quiet.

Cheating on Sleep

  • Turn off the TV and computer at least half an hour before bed; light from these devices can reduce your body’s production of the sleep hormone melatonin.
  • Create a mellow nighttime ritual: Sip a cup of tea, rub lavender oil on your feet or listen to relaxing tunes.
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