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When you see photos of beautiful women like Angela Bassett, Gladys Knight and Debbie Allen, you can’t help but be a believer of the phrase “black don’t crack!”. Although genetics play a large role in the formation of wrinkles (or lack of), there are beauty habits that may be putting your natural beauty at risk. No matter what age you are, if you want to stay on the path to aging gracefully, make sure the following wrinkle-causing bad habits aren’t a part of your routine.

1. Not Removing Makeup

Even when there isn’t time to do it, MAKE the time. Sleeping in your makeup is an open invitation for wrinkles to come on in and make themselves comfortable.  While sitting on your skin overnight, makeup and the pollutants your skin has accumulated during your day seep into your pores. This breaks down the elastin and collagen in your skin and fast tracks the aging process.

2. A Bad Diet

Whatever goes in must come out, and sugar-filled and high-glycemic foods come out as extra weight and wrinkles. “Through a damaging process called glycation, sugar molecules attach to the proteins in your skin (including collagen), causing them to become stiff and malformed,” says Roshini Rajapaksa, M.D., a gastroenterologist. Refined sugar can also lead to inflammation that can ultimately break down your skin’s elasticity and cause sagging and wrinkles. Eat pretty and feed your skin natural sugar from fruits.

Are You Setting Your Skin Up For Wrinkles?  was originally published on blackdoctor.org

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