By now, you pretty much know the drill for achieving luminous, healthy skin; cleanse, tone, anti-ageing serum and moisturiser. But did you know that despite this, you could still be making your skin prone to fine lines and premature wrinkles?

Yes, that’s right. Even though you follow an anti-ageing skincare routine, you could be guilty of committing certain mistakes (albeit unknowingly) that could be damaging your skin. Here’s a quick look at some common mistakes that prevent you flaunting clear, youthful and radiant looking skin. Read on to find out if you’re making any of them...

Tugging at your eyes while applying eyeliner
 

Tugging at your eyes while applying eyeliner

This is a common mistake that most women are guilty of making in the pursuit of the perfect, even cat eye. But you need to stop making it right now. If you didn’t already know, the skin around the eyes is extremely thin and delicate and aggressive pulling can lead to puffiness, broken blood vessels, and wrinkles.

Skipping SPF
 

Skipping SPF

For the millionth time, never ever skip applying your sunscreen. No matter how gloomy the weather is outside, UV rays can still damage your skin and cause wrinkles and dark spots. Even if you’re planning to stay indoors all day, or are going to be travelling in a vehicle, it does not mean you’re protected. So load up on the SPF. A minimum of SPF 30 is what you need every single day.

Aggressively removing makeup
 

Aggressively removing makeup

While it is really important to remove makeup and cleanse your face every night before bed, there is a correct way to remove makeup. You need to be extremely gentle and not tug, rub or scrape your skin to get the last bit of makeup off.

Sleeping on your stomach
 

Sleeping on your stomach

One of the best ways to avoid wrinkles and fine lines is to change the way you sleep. Sleeping on you back is the best way to prevent sleep-induced wrinkles. But if you are in the habit of sleeping on your stomach, it is best to invest in a silk pillowcase as they are gentle on the skin and less abrasive than their cotton counterparts.

Sitting too close to the computer screen
 

Sitting too close to the computer screen

Another lesser known cause of premature fine lines and wrinkles, especially around the eye area, is constantly squinting while looking at your computer screen. To prevent this, maintain a distance of about 1 1/2 to 2 feet, which, by the way, is also beneficial to your vision. Always keep your neck straight to maintain good posture and prevent horizontal lines on the neck.

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