Plastic bottles damage more than the planet.
Guzzle water, the advice goes, and your skin will thank you.
But New York City and Santa Monica dermatologist Karyn Grossman cringes when she sees women toting around bottles of water — or any drink. As with straws, “the constant pursing of your lips creates lines and aggravates existing ones around the mouth,” she says.
Her suggestions for saving face: sip filtered water from a glass and carry a reusable water bottle with a spout “so that you can squirt into your mouth instead of sucking on the top.”
P.S. To anyone sadistic enough to purse her lips around a cigarette… stop. Just don’t replace it with gum. “Chewing also accentuates the motion lines around the mouth,” says Grossman. “Pop a breath mint instead.”
You don’t need sun to feel the burn.
All the SPF and sun avoidance in the world can’t protect you from the space heater next to your desk, or the fireplace in your living room. Direct exposure from two to three feet away causes redness and a breakdown of collagen, says New York dermatologist Frederic Brandt, who advises sitting at least ten feet away.
Beauty sleep can be ugly.
Francesca Fusco, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, can tell what side a patient sleeps on by the vertical lines on her cheeks. “Skin is pressed against the fabric [for 8-hours at a time],” she says.
The best way to avoid sleep lines is to sleep on your back. A more realistic strategy: satin pillowcases. “Satin or silk is best,” she says. “Or buy the highest, softest thread-count fabric you can.”