Your Late-Afternoon Tic
The habit: Rubbing your eyes.
Why it's making you look older: Not only can aggressive rubbing break your eyelashes and cause them to fall out, but it can also cause trauma to the under-eye area, turning the skin red and making you look extra-fatigued. It will go away, but not until you're able to keep your hands off your eyes.
The fix: Develop a new habit that saves your vision and your youthful good looks: The 20-20-20 rule of looking at something at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds every 20 minutes.
The habit: Wincing, squinting, groaning and straining your facial muscles while lifting weights.
Why it's making you look older: You know that squinting can cause wrinkles, and that's why you invested in those UV sunglasses. But bright sunlight isn't the only thing that makes you squint. Straining your facial muscles while doing exercise can have the same affect.
The fix: Do a few reps in front of a mirror to see if you're practicing incorrect "face form." If you are, try to focus on your breathing during reps: It's hard to scrunch up your face while inhaling and exhaling.
Your Beauty Regimen
The habit: Overdoing it with supplements.
Why it's making you look older: While oral supplements like vitamin E and CoQ10 may have anti-aging benefits, it's possible to have too much of a good thing. Taking several anti-aging beauty products at the same time can make the skin more delicate and vulnerable to bruising.
The fix: Ask your dermatologist to help you come up with a regimen that works for your skin.
Your Anti-Aging Skin Regime
The habit: Applying sunscreen daily—to your face only.
Why it's making you look older: Although women have finally taken the sunscreen message to heart, far too many of us are still neglecting our hands. Hands are already susceptible to indignities of aging, like a loss of fat that makes veins more prominent, and UV rays add insult to injury in the form of sunspots and wrinkles.
The fix: Always remember to put sunscreen on the backs of your hands, especially when you're driving. UVA rays, which play a major part in skin aging, can penetrate glass.