12 12 wrinkles how to stop prevent phone sleepYour grandmother may call her wrinkles her time-lines, and she couldn’t be more right!

Your skin remembers every move you make. Repeated muscle movement causes creases in the skin, which become accentuated over time. Here’s three everyday actions that could be causing pre-mature wrinkles on your face and how to prevent them:

1. Overuse of smart phones

Staring at a tiny screen causes your face to scrunch up, creating tension and wrinkles around the eyes and between the eyebrows.

Treatment: The growing number of women receiving Botox to fill creases caused by squinting is being dubbed “Blackberry Botox” among dermatologists (Price: $260). “[Botox] stops the nerves and muscles from communicating temporarily, so when you go to squint you just [won’t] be able to,” says Dr. Julia Carroll, a Toronto-based dermatologist. Decreasing movement in the skin reduces the repeated muscle contraction that causes wrinkles.

Prevention: If you use your Blackberry or iPhone frequently, increase the font so you don’t have to squint to read it and take regular breaks. “Give your eyes a rest and look at something bigger or further away so you’re not always focusing on that small area,” says Dr. Carroll.

2. Side Sleeping

We all know the importance of getting seven to eight hours of beauty sleep each night, but if that rest favours one side of the body, you could be giving yourself uneven facial wrinkles. Sleeping on your side pushes the skin against the pillow, resulting in wrinkles in the cheeks and naso-labial folds (running from the nose to the corner of the mouth).  

Treatment: Dr. Carroll recommends a Juvéderm filler (Price: $550) to treat wrinkles on the side of the face. “It fills in those lines and gives them support so they’re not as likely to fold over,” she says.

Prevention: While sleeping on your back is the best way to avoid wrinkles, if you’re a side sleeper, try switching sides of the bed with your partner. “Sometimes the habit is more about wanting to look out or look in [to the bed] so if you switch sides of the bed at least you’ll be sleeping on a different side and giving that one side of the face a break,” says Dr. Carroll.

3 - Over-washing Your Face

Washing your face several times a day can cause it to dry out, look dull and accentuate wrinkles. “If you have small lines and creases on the face and your skin is dry, those will appear more obvious,” says Dr. Carroll.

Treatment: Use a face brush to remove dead skin cells and reduce dullness, especially during the winter months. Dr. Carroll recommends the Clarisonic Mia Sonic Skin Cleansing System ($139, Sephora.com) or Clarisonic Pro Sonic Cleansing System ($260, dermatologists offices). Using the same technology as sonic toothbrushes, it provides a thorough cleanse and exfoliates to tackle dryness.

Prevention: Wash your face once or twice per day. If you feel the need to wash more, try washing only with water and apply a moisturizer to reduce dryness. “It’s ok to wash your face, but you have to put on a good moisturizer afterwards that will reverse some of the dryness caused by washing,” says Dr. Carroll.