How Well Will You Age?
Wrinkles aren't the only indicators of age—here are more ways your face reveals your true birthday
Less-known lifestyle sins that may speed up your aging clock include yo-yo dieting and poor nutrition. A diet devoid of healthy fats, vitamins, and hydration can turn skin gaunt over time—a condition that's exceedingly difficult to treat without cosmetic surgery. Stress can have a similar affect by pumping inflammation-causing toxins into the body, which—combined with eyebrow furrowing and other worried expressions—can rapidly break down collagen.
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Rest and relaxation are obvious stress fighters—but even beauty sleep can be a silent offender. While sleep itself is one of the most beneficial things you can do for your skin, making it a habit to always lie on your side or directly on your face can be detrimental. "Sleep wrinkles can form if you rest your head in the same position night after night for years," says Bank.
No matter what steps you take, however, you can't ward off fine lines and wrinkles permanently. But being aware of other markers of age can put you ahead of the curve.