Chewing Gum and Wrinkles

Rumor has it that the gum you keep permanently stashed in your purse is doing more than just refreshing your breath. If you tend to only pop a piece before puckering up or after a particularly pungent meal than you probably wouldn't notice the change. But if you're like the thousands of us who can't seem to go more than a few hours without asking friends for a stick, then chances are the damage is already being done. Got your attention? Well here's the scoop: although no official studies exist linking the two, some dermatologists believe chewing gum can cause wrinkles.

Think about it. You use a small group of muscles along your jaw line to chew, and just like the muscles in your arms and legs, the more you actively engage them, the stronger they become. But since the skin on your face is more sensitive than the skin on the rest of your body, repetitive movements can cause its supportive tissue to break down. Weakened tissue means wrinkles skin, not to mention increased tension, and dislodged dermal fillers (Botox, Collagen, Restylane)

Quick Fix: Chew less gum for less time, and choose a facial moisturizer with collagen-boosting properties like glo therapeutics Vita E Essential Cream.