No matter what your age, you’ve probably thought about wrinkles and how to prevent them. While Botox® and other fillers are all the rage, there are a number of less painful, and less expensive things that you can do to keep those wrinkles at bay. Organic Authority has put together a list of 8 every day things that will keep your skin looking young and fresh!

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One minute you’re casually wondering how to prevent wrinkles, and the next, BAM – you look in the mirror and suddenly find yourself staring at a California raisin. Okay, I’m exaggerating, but only a little. That’s the thing about our daily habits: They’re sneaky and subtle, and much of the time we don’t realize what they’re doing to our skin until it’s already done. This means war.

Here are 8 everyday habits you should tweak on your quest to prevent wrinkles:

1. Leaving it vulnerable to pollution
When mastering how to prevent wrinkles, there are some things you can’t control – like pollution, which decreases oxygen and collagen in your skin and leaves it looking… well, blah. Not only does it mess with your skin tone, but it can leave it looking blotchy and cause breakouts. (Ugh.) Guard your skin with an SPF, wash your face every night before bed, exfoliate twice a week, and moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.

2. Over-washing and under-moisturizing
Washing your face excessively can dry out your skin cells, leaving your complexion dull and highlighting any damaged areas. Don’t wash your face in the morning, as you’ll strip away all the work your body put into restoring your skin while you were asleep – just splash with water and mosey on with your day. When you do wash your face, never skip moisturizing afterward.

3. Stretching your skin to apply makeup
This is a tough habit to break, but it’s one of the most important ones to ditch when learning how to prevent wrinkles. It’s no different than a repetitive stress injury messing with your joints: The more you contort your skin to get your makeup just right, the more wrinkles you’ll end up with – like, tomorrow.

4. Not getting enough sleep
They call it beauty sleep for a reason! While you’re snoozing away (and hopefully dreaming about Channing Tatum), your skin goes through its renewal process. The less sleep you get, the less time your skin and the beauty products you’re using have to do their thing. In fact, a study by UH Case Medical Center found women who only slept five hours each night for a month had twice as many wrinkles and spots than those who slept for seven hours. Do everything you can to get your zzzzs.

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