These 6 mistakes could be making you age way faster

Many people think they only really need to worry about the symptoms of getting older when they eventually get there, but it turns out that the lifestyle you live in your younger years can have a much bigger impact than you thought. While no-one is exempt from the inevitable effects of aging, there are many things you can do while you're younger to make them less extreme.

But even if you've gone and stocked up on eye-creams and anti-wrinkle serums in the midst of your quarter-life crisis, your best intentions to stay looking young might actually be having the opposite effect. Here are six common mistakes people make that could be making their skin age much faster than it should be.

1. Sleeping on your face

Thanks to our old friend gravity, lying face down on your pillow will cause fluids to flow down and cause puffiness. Over time, this will leave you losing collagen and with a face that looks kind of... saggy.

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2. Holding a grudge

Stress makes you frown, and frown lines are one of the main causes of wrinkles. Plus, mulling over something anxiously or angrily can increase your blood pressure and give you trouble sleeping, both of which combined can make you look older.

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3. Using too many products

You might think you're doing your visage good by buying all those serums and eye creams and overnight masks and scrubs and oils and whatever the heck else they've developed next, but it turns out that you can have too much of a good thing. Mixing a load of products with ingredients that promise different benefits might actually cancel each other out.

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4. Not washing your face

Don't be lazy when it comes to removing your makeup – you need to unclog pores from makeup, dirt and sweat so you don't breakout. Fresh, clean skin is essential so it can regenerate overnight. You want new skin rather than old-looking skin, right?

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5. Buying the wrong makeup

You should be buying the right products for your skin type, but also make sure you're seeking out the lighter, more sheer types. Heavy foundation and powders can settle into the crinkles around your eyes and mouth, making fine lines look much bigger than they are.

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6. Smoking

Well, this is a bit of a given. Not only does smoking break down collagen and severely deprive your skin cells of oxygen (causing pale and uneven skin tone), but the muscles smokers always use to puff on their cigarettes cause the signature deep mouth wrinkles most smokers get.

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As well as all this, make sure you're staying hydrated by drinking lots of water and doubling up on sunscreen when you're outside. The skin on your face goes through a lot in a lifetime, so make sure you look after it properly if you want it to stay healthy and looking fresh. None of this will prevent wrinkles altogether, but it can't hurt to stop smoking and have a proper skincare routine anyway, can it?