Well you hear it everywhere because it’s true – the sun ages your skin more than anything else. Literally a few minutes a day over the years is enough to cause wrinkles, age spots, rough and leathery skin, a blotchy complexion, and of course, skin cancer. People with fair skin see more skin aging from sun exposure, but those with dark skin are not immune either.
Cigarette smoke is a major contributor to skin aging. Research has shown that smokers are statistically more likely to develop deeply wrinkled, leathery skin than nonsmokers. People who smoke also tend to develop an unhealthy yellowish tone to their complexion. And a study from 2002 showed that facial wrinkles could be seen under a microscope in 20 year old smokers. BTW, this includes smoking of any kind! With marijuana becoming increasingly legal, we need to realize that inhaling smoke, period, is damaging to our lungs and bodies.
If you don’t remove your makeup at night, you are blocking your pores and not allowing them the air exposure your skin needs to stay healthy. Repeatedly not removing your makeup causes lasting damage to your skin, and if you are not removing your eye makeup you can seriously damage your eyes! Also, you should be removing your makeup as gently as possible. Elastin is what makes our skin snap back to place when your tug on it. But as you age, elastin production decreases, so if you are vigorously tugging on your skin, you will be causing extra elastin degradation.