One day I woke up, looked in the mirror, and saw two faint creases around my mouth. Then I scrunched my eyebrows and saw angry lines forming and — gasp! — staying on my forehead. “Where did these come from,” I wondered aloud. “And when the hell did I get these spots on my chest and back?”
Of course, I knew what had happened. I was getting older (as are all of you. Don’t try to deny it.) And throughout my 29 years of life, I’ve been accidentally aging my skin. In the grand scheme of things, I look fairly good for my age. At least, that’s what people tell me. But just the fact people say I look “good for my age” is unsettling and a little insulting — insinuating that, at my “advanced stage” in life, I could be looking a lot worse.
I have nothing and no one to thank besides good genes, given my sorry efforts in anti-aging prevention. Granted, I’ve made some effort to keeping my skin young-looking. I stopped tanning after high school and I’ve never picked up a cigarette. I’m also pretty good at taking off my makeup before bed. But it’s the smallest mistakes and oversights that end up aging people’s skin sooner than they’d like. Here are a few things that are sneakily again your skin (and easy ways to turn them around.)