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Water Bottles Cause Wrinkles, and Other Skin Fears to Ignore

OK, you want the honest truth about having healthy skin and aging well? Stay out of the sun, wear sunblock every day, eat lots of fruit and vegetables, moisturize, guzzle water, and exfoliate regularly. Oh yeah, and try to decrease stress. Those are the basics, and following that advice will keep you looking your best as you get older. Unfortunately, our culture is so obsessed with looking forever 21 (ha!) that some well-meaning people will find anything to make you worried about aging.

My view: Life's too short to freak out over tiny things that may cause a wrinkle here or there — and besides, why waste energy worrying about this when there are bigger fish to fry? To see five things you shouldn't freak out about,


  1. Water bottles and straws cause wrinkles. Yes, it's true that the sucking action might add a few lines to your lip area. (This dermatologist is freaked out by them.) But unless you're habitually having a drink, don't get too worked up. If you're really worried, drink out of a glass, but I say life's too short to feel guilty about sipping fluids.
  2. Pillowcases will make you look grizzled. You may have heard that sleeping on your side causes wrinkles to form, potentially making you look like Two-Face. But if snoozing on your back doesn't come naturally, I wouldn't lose any sleep over it.
  3. Sunscreen could cause cancer. This Summer, the Environmental Working Group released a study claiming that most sunscreens have a health risk. But as the New York Times points out, most dermatologists disagree. Since the jury's out, but we do know that UV exposure can lead to melanoma, wearing sunscreen is your best bet. If you're truly worried, look for a sunscreen with zinc oxide, such as Soleo SPF 30.
  4. If you have an expressive face, you'll get wrinkly. OK, so there's some truth to it: Repeated facial expressions will create wrinkles in the long term. (That's why some older people have frown lines and others have smile lines.) But anyone who tells you to stop smiling or laughing is a real killjoy in my book. When you're 50, would you rather look back at a happy life of laughter or be stone-faced for years on end?


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hhsc hhsc 8 years
A solution that works for me, concerning sleeping on one's side, is a tight-fitting satin pillowcase
bacon1 bacon1 8 years
I have been kind of worrying since I read somewhere about the whole sleeping thing--I actually changed to silk pillowcases because someone told me that this would help my skin not wrinkle so much. But I guess I'm just going to worry about actually getting a good amount of sleep-not how I'm sleeping.
dani-v dani-v 8 years
Not laughing just because it could cause wrinkles is the worst advice ever! I dont think wrinkles should be such a big deal i know im young but i will make it a point to live my life and not worry about that stuff.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Ya I couldn't sleep on my back no matte rhow hard I tried!
bella85 bella85 8 years
yay bella, you said it!
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 8 years
...and regarding the water bottle/smoker's lines connection: i always assumed that smokers got those lines because of toxic chemicals in their bodies/near their faces, and less because of the movement, but i suppose i was wrong.
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 8 years
AmandaG, you are my hero. Amen, sister.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
I hate when they come out with these crazy facts. Personally I couldn't forgo something I love or my comfort to save myself a couple wrinkles.
nowari_101 nowari_101 8 years
but a cup isn't always functional such as when ur walking out or shopping ..
AmandaG AmandaG 8 years
I hate to sound like some crazed philosopher or hallmark card, but this craze of looking 21 forever is disturbing. Wrinkles should be worn like a badge of honor for a life LIVED! I would hate to miss out because I was too afraid to laugh, cry, or scream. While I'm not for throwing cation completely to the wind ( I moisterize, wear sunscreen, and drink water).
itsme3683 itsme3683 8 years
Yeah! When I was in grade school I did a lot of print modeling (nothing fancy, like textbooks and catalogs, pretty lame really), and my coaches or agents or whoever were telling me I needed to get silk/satin sheets so I wouldn't get wrinkles. I was like, twelve!! I always thought it was sooo ridiculous, so glad you took the time to point it out! Plus, wouldn't the lack of sleep caused by trying to be on your back all night lead to more beauty problems than slightly asymmetrical wrinkles when you're 70??
AmberHoney AmberHoney 8 years
I'm 50 use a straw every day of my life all day with everything I drink - no lip wrinkles, not one. These fears are just silly :) And I agree 100% with skigurl!!!
omilawd omilawd 8 years
I'm an eyebrow-talker; all my expressions have some sort of eyebrow motion involved, so I can tell that there's some lines around my eyebrows. But no one else can notice, and I don't really care so much that I'm going to change my expressions, so it's not a big worry to me.
Beauty Beauty 8 years
That's my philosophy, too. What good is being relatively line-free at age 60 if you've spent your life trying not to laugh?
skigurl skigurl 8 years
my best friend always says she'd rather laugh all her life and have wrinkles than not laugh at all
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 8 years
I rather just do the regular things that we know aren't nonsensical and not freak out about it. And I rather have smile lines than never smile or laugh. My sister says I have a "smiley" mouth anyway.
daniellexo daniellexo 8 years
i have a super expressive face, i can already see smile lines on my face sometimes. i also furrow my brow alot when i'm reading or writing, and have a deep wrinkle developing. (wow, i'm making myself sound ugly, hah.) however, i always get complimented on my smile and people always tell me i always look happy. so i guess i'm just bound to be a wrinkly old bitty when i get older.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 8 years
Great advice Bella!
julsiesf julsiesf 8 years
I sleep on my left side, and I've definitely noticed that my "smile line" is significantly more defined on my left than on my right. (Although everyone else says that they can't tell...) I've tried to change how I sleep, but its not happening.
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