It's no secret that the latest anti-ageing miracle cures are always in high demand and with an industry that's worth billions, we're not the only ones always trying to get our mitts on the next best cream/serum/unicorn tears to retain a youthful glow.
But just in case you don't have a spare £1000 to drop at the beauty counter (we wish!) here are some small changes you can make to your every day habits to help save your skin – for free!
Not only is smoking bad for your health, it's terrible for your skin in more ways than one. It's been said that this is the most common cause of wrinkles for a number of reasons; dehydrating your skin, creating under eye bags and starving your skin of oxygen. The continued pursing of your lips also causes fine lines.
There's even been research into the difference between identical twins that do and don't smoke and it won't shock you to learn that the smoker's skin was much worse off, thinning at 40% faster.
2. Eating beige food
Good skin is often a result of taking care of yourself from the inside out. Eating a healthy diet contributes hugely to how your skin ages, and it turns out eating the rainbow is the way to get the best results. Avoid beige foods like bread, pasta and fried food and instead opt to eat a diverse spectrum of colours. Brightly coloured foods like blueberries, broccoli and peppers contain anti-oxidants that protect your skin cells. Time to get munching!
3. Chewing gum
When it comes to chewing gum we're giving you A for effort on keeping that breath fresh, but unfortunately the continual chewing action you've got going on isn't doing wonders for face wrinkles. Clamping your jaw up and down for long periods of time can cause lines and puffiness, as well as stretching your skin.
4. Applying make-up
What?! We can't put on make-up if we want to avoid wrinkles? Well, not quite. Put on make-up all you like (as long as you remember to cleanse it off properly), but the way you put your make-up on might be causing your skin some bother.
You know that thing you do where you raise your eyebrows into your hairline to apply your mascara, or stretch your lids to get the perfect flick of eyeliner? Stretching and scrunching your face to apply your make-up every morning could be contributing to your wrinkles. These kinds of pulling actions are contributing to puffiness, broken capillaries and wrinkles. It's better to apply your make up with your face in a comfortable, normal expression so that you can see what it will look like all day.
5. Sleeping in certain positions
If you don't want to cause damage to your skin, there's certain sleep positions that you should stay clear of in bed - and no we don't mean that kind, cheeky! Sleeping flat on your front is bad practise if you want to keep your face wrinkle-free as you're likely to furrow your brow all night long. Your pillow can also cause creases in your skin so it's much better to lie on your side or ideally your back where your skin can breathe.
To stop your pillow etching lines into your face lie with your face away from the pillow, or use a silken pillowcase which won't mark your skin.
6. Eating sugar
Sugar, where do we start? As a nation addicted it's hard to get away from the white stuff but we certainly need to cut back. Not only does sugar promote weight gain but it's one of the biggest causes of ageing and wrinkles. Simply put, sugar breaks down the collagen and elastin in our skin which causes signs of ageing. Try swapping sugar for more natural alternatives or swapping starchy carbs that break down into sugars for protein that will fill you up for longer.
7. Leaving your glasses at home
'Oops I forgot my glasses today!' – how many times have we said this or heard a friend, colleague or family member do the same? It's an easy mistake to make but forgetting the damage this does to your eyes alone, it causes you to do repetitive frown movements that are a killer cause of lines. What's more, if you sit at a desk all day you'll be straining to look at your computer screen, causing yet more lines.
8. Drinking through a straw
Although drinking through a straw has been applauded as a smart way to save stains on your pearly whites, it could actually be causing some backlash when it comes to wrinkles around your mouth. Much like smoking, the action of pursing your lips continually to sip through your straw is causing deep furrows around your lips.
An alternative hack to try if you're teeth conscious is to cover your teeth with your lips as you drink straight from the cup.