How YAWNING Ages your Skin
By now, most people are aware of the things that will cause premature wrinkles on our skin: sun tanning (both outdoors and indoors in a tanning bed), drugs, alcohol, smoking, lack of sleep, etc.
Knowing this, you probably avoid these in an effort to save your skin, but you just might be surprised at some of the ways you are unknowingly aging your skin faster.
How Yawning ages Your Skin
Even though we yawn for several reasons (to get extra oxygen to our lungs or we’re bored), this applies to what happens later at night.
If you stay up past your usual bedtime, chances are you’ll be yawning more.
Do you notice that when you yawn, your eyes water?
When you yawn, the act encourages your eyes to water, which creates swelling and puffiness both at night and in the morning when you wake up. This excess fluid around the eyes weakens the elasticity of the surrounding tissue, causing an acceleration of wrinkles.
The loss of elasticity is like a rubber band that’s been stretched repeatedly: at some point, it doesn’t snap back anymore, and this is what happens to the eye area.
So before you stay up past your bedtime to watch that last show or to read just one more chapter, consider the side effects.
Plus, This is just one more reason to get a good night’s rest. It’s called ‘beauty sleep’ for a reason, don’t you agree?
How about you? Do you need to work getting to sleep earlier?
My Personal Thoughts:
Being a work-from-home entrepreneur, I had a tough time going to bed at a reasonable hour, especially because most of my team is in Australia which is a 17 hour time difference!
But I was starting to see the effects of my late-night power sessions…. I would wake up with bags under my eyes, even though I would have 8 hours of sleep.
Now that I get to bed at a reasonable hour, I’m not experiencing the yawning as much — and I am waking up with a more refreshed-looking face!
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