5 Work Habits That Make You Look Older
It's not your favorite work blouse that's older than some millennials. These bad habits could be what's aging you.
Squinting at Your Screen All Day
How it's aging you: Repetitive muscle movements, like furrowing your brow to read the tiny email type on your phone or squinting at your desktop all day, can lead to telltale wrinkles over time. "There are actual wrinkle patterns that I will see where I know the patient has been squinting," says Ranella Hirsch, MD, a board certified dermatologist in Boston. "I tell them that I think you might be a little myopic or you're nearsighted and you're compensating and you'd be amazed how often I'm right."
The fix: If your job involves a lot of time answering emails on your phone, you can easily change the font size (iPhone users can find out how to do it here; Android users here). You can change the font size on web browsers too (just Google the specific browser you use plus "change font size" and helpful answers will come your way). But it's also a good idea to make an appointment with an eye doctor to check if you need glasses or contacts. If you already have wrinkles from squinting, talk to a dermatologist. Injectables like Botox can be a big help, says Rachel Nazarian, MD, a board certified dermatologist at Schweiger Dermatology in New York and faculty member at Mount Sinai Medical Center.