5 Things That Are Secretly Aging You

Did you know there are things that you’re exposed to every single day that are secretly aging you? And no, I don’t mean your kids, because the fact that they’re aging you is far from a secret. I’m convinced I have more prominent wrinkles above my right brow from raising it at my boys in a “do you really wanna test mommy today” sort of fashion.

Aside from the stresses of motherhood, there are five super common things that are secretly aging you. I’m going to share them with you, because knowledge is power. If we know about these silent wrinklizers, (don’t Google that word, I made it up) then we can arm ourselves for a better fight against premature aging.

I mean we’re all gonna age and shrivel up into raisins, but we’d all love to slow the process as much as possible, right?

Mr. Sun

Unless you’re a vampire, I’m pretty sure you’re exposed to this one almost every day. The ultraviolet rays from the big ball of hotness penetrate the fragile layers of your skin causing damage and breaking down your skin’s elasticity. This is what keeps your skin looking healthy, smooth, and plump. When the elasticity is broken down, wrinkles form.

Fight it: Sun protection is key here. A gentle, hydrating sunscreen like Hydra Fusion Daily Beauty Defense SPF 50 is gonna be your best friend. It’s water-resistant, ultra-lightweight, and semi-matte so you can even layer it under makeup without feeling greasy.

Your Sleep Position

Do you sleep on your stomach or side? If not, you probably sleep on your back and you’re most likely of royal decent and uphold the highest level of regality and class even while sleeping. If you’re a peasant like me, I sleep in any position that resembles a white chalk outline on Law & Order.

Sleeping on your stomach or side squishes your face and can push, pull, and stretch the thin pliable skin. Ever wake up with crazy bed stripes on your cheek and forehead? Applying this repeated pressure on your face every night can lead to premature fine lines and wrinkles.

Fight it: Invest in a silk pillow case. It’s a lot more gentle on your skin and doesn’t pinch and pull. It also helps to sleep like you’re lying in a nice cushy casket…or just wear a good night cream like this Nighttime Facial Treatment. The hyaluronic acid and raspberry antioxidants hydrate, replenish, repair, and protect your skin while you’re sleeping. Plus the light rose scent and massaging shea beads will make you feel like royalty even if you sleep like an inebriated sloth.

Your Hands

Yep. Your own ten phalanges are betraying you, or however many you use to touch your face. First of all, your fingers carry germs, dirt, and oils that can clog your pores, causing pimples and blackheads. Dirty, suffocated skin can’t be smooth, glowy, wrinkle-free skin. Life just isn’t fair like that.

And think of HOW you touch your face. Are you pinching and popping pimples with your bare fingers? Do you stretch out your eye skin to apply makeup? Do you push and stretch your skin when you’re scrubbing or applying your serums and creams? STOP. Just stop. Remember that elasticity we talked about? Yeah, you’re breaking that down with the repeated motions of stretching, pulling, pinching, or whatever your doing to punish your face. No elasticity means wrinkle breeding ground.

Fight it: Simply put — avoid touching your face. You don’t need to pull on your eyes to get a perfect winged liner, I promise. Go watch YouTube tutorials. You don’t need to scrub hard to get your skin clean and exfoliated. Use a cleansing brush like this Clean Cleansing Brush or a weekly exfoliating mask like my favorite Vitamin C Warming Peel. These are so much better at sloughing off dead skin cells than your gross hands. I see you.

When you’re applying serums or creams to your face, use a gentle upward stroke or patting motion. Be EXTRA gentle when you’re applying creams around your eyes. That skin is 10x thinner than the rest of your face! Apply your eye cream to the tips of your ring finger (your weakest finger) and softly pat until it’s fully absorbed. You don’t want saggy bags, do ya?


Did you know that pollution ages the look of your skin faster than time alone? And if you think you’re safe because you don’t live in a big city, think again. Pollution is found everywhere—even indoors. Dust, dirt, smog, smoke, even fumes from appliances!

Pollution contributes to the look of dull skin, clogged pores, and uneven texture. Unhealthy skin = quickly aging skin.

Fight it: Cleanse your skin twice a day. That should be a given. Purifying masks that contain charcoal (like this neat roll-on one) are amazing too, because charcoal works like a magnet to draw gunk outta your pores! Mask twice a week to keep your pores breathing easy. Added bonus: this Neutralize Serum uses adaptogens like matcha, ginger, and amla to create an invisible shield to block out the nasty effects of pollution on your face.

Thirsty Skin

Think of a flower. What happens when it’s properly hydrated? It’s bright, smooth, and blooms beautifully. Think of Spongebob and Patrick in that scene from the Spongebob Squarepants Movie where they got captured in Shell City. You know, the one where they’re laying under the heat lamp, losing moisture, and shriveling up. Kinda morbid when you understand what’s happening, but anywho…same goes for your skin.

Fight it: Hydrated skin is plump, dewy, glowy, and HEALTHY. Thirsty skin is dull, flaky, blotchy, and uneven. Want to avoid wrinkles? Hydrate. Drink plenty of water, and use hyaluronic acid in your skincare.

Hyaluronic acid can hold 1000x it’s weight in moisture. Yeah. It’s like water on steroids. Literally all of the products in the Hydra Fusion line are amazeballs, but my absolute ride-or-die is the 1.5% Hyaluronic Acid Serum. It’s non-greasy and non-sticky, but my favorite perk is that it was formulated with THREE different molecular sizes of pure hyaluronic acid to penetrate multiple layers of skin. How insane is that?? Thank you, Sir Science!

Now like I said before, we’re all gonna age. It’s inevitable. But that doesn’t mean that we should slack off on keeping our skin happy and healthy. And it definitely doesn’t mean we can’t implement healthy habits that slow the appearance of aging.

Let me know in the comments what you thought of these sneaky common wrinklizers. Were you surprised? Have you heard this all before? Did ya like my new word “wrinklizer”? I think we could totally petition Webster to make it an official word. #makewrinklizeraword

Share how you’re battling these hidden wrinklizers with the hashtag #battlingwrinklizers and tag me @caitlyn_salyers

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