As a woman living in a commercial city, I was programmed to relate my skin to the beauty products I use. But that’s no longer the case. I’m now becoming more and more conscious of other “non-product” factors that may contribute to my skin. At present, it’s bad positions.
It you don’t take any notice of them, bad positions are no more than bad, harmless habits. But are they really harmless? When repeated long enough, they can promote wrinkles on your neck, around your eyes, or even on your face. Let’s have a good look at some of these bad positions.
Rest the Chin on the Palm
Since I was a schoolgirl, I’d had the habit of resting my chin on my palm. I only quit this habit a few years back. It’s a pity that I didn’t know that it can cause pressure on our face muscle, or else I would have quit long time ago.
Use a High Pillow
A high pillow poses our body and neck in an angle that can create more creases. When you do it enough times, you can have a turkey neck quicker than you are willing to see. It’s better to buy a fitting pillow than having your neck looks years older than your face.
Sleep in the Wrong Position
Sleep in a freefall (prostrate, face down) or fetal position (curled up at the side) can easily cause pressure on our face. No anti-aging cream in the world can help you when you intentionally press wrinkles on your face. The best sleep position is lying flat on your back. I know it’s more comfortable lying in your own free style. I know it isn’t easy to lie on your back the whole night. But for my skin’s long-term well-being, I’ve taken pains to change my sleeping position. I am only 95% successful in that, but such a slight habit change (coupled with a low pillow) has proved to be able to keep a turkey neck at bay
Doze on a Ride Without a Pillow
Okay, I confess. I used to doze off on the bus, MTR, and even a plane, all without a pillow. Simply sitting there and doing nothing can lull me to a nice sleep, not to mention the irregular bumps. And I don’t care to take a pillow with me (in the case of flights, of course). But I guess that’s also why wrinkles are lurking on my neck… I also remember I always felt painful on my neck when I woke up from my nap. Lesson learned: Don’t doze on any ride.
Nap on Your Cheek or Forehead
I know how tiring it can be to work in an office. The environment as a whole can easily turn a human being into a robot. So, at lunch hour, we love to nap. That’s not only not bad but also healthy because we will then have more energy to work in the afternoon (and probably leave on time). But what’s wrong is not the habit itself, but the sleeping position. I used to lay my forehead on my hands (to hide my sleeping face But such a position can cause pressure on the forehead. The result? I think you don’t need any hint to guess it right.
I must admit I used to be a culprit of almost all of these bad positions. That’s also the reason why I notice them in the first place. But noting their impact on my battle against aging, I am weeding them out.