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Text and photos from ZCOOP Singapore | 5 August 2017
Don’t let your body fall victim to the tech-neck syndrome. Here are six everyday habits you should avoid, for it could make you feel older without you even knowing it.
1. Checking our social media feeds incessantly

There's nothing wrong with keeping ourselves engaged on our phones but when we do so, we normally look down, thus resulting in a condition referred to as the 'tech neck'. From here on out, it could lead to dropping jowls, saggy skin and creases around your neck. Make a conscious effort to keep your phones slightly closer to your eye level or perhaps give yourself a break from your phone entirely.

Blasting music through your headphones can lead to hearing loss, so try not to turn up the volume too much
2. Blasting our music through our headphones

Our tolerance to loud sounds generally get build up whenever you feel like turning up the music to your favourite song and by doing so, it can lead to a gradual process of hearing loss. Our phones have the abilities to turn up the volume up to 101 decibels, which is well over the recommended level. To prevent this, you can use noise-cancelling ear buds to block out the background noise so that you don't feel the need to up the volume.

3. Overdosing on sugary foods

Having a sweet tooth on a regular basis won't just affect your weight loss efforts but also take a toll on your skin. According to a 2007 study published in the British Journal of Dermatology, once sugar hits your bloodstream, it forms glycation-end products which damage your proteins like collagen and elastin, and makes your skin look dull and wrinkled. The ageing effects can start at about age 35 and increase rapidly after that.

4. Sleeping on your side or your stomach

Your 'sleep lines' might not be so harmless after all. By sleeping on your side or your stomach, there's a repeated pressure that usually occurs on your face, arms, stomach, and this promotes the breakdown of collagen, hence those sleep lines could have a good chance of turning into wrinkles.

Be sure to have green vegetables in every meal of the day to replenish the healthy antioxidants in your body 
5. Drinking from a straw

This might happen all the time when we're out and about but according to celebrity aesthetician Renee Rouleau, pursing your lips regularly encourages the breakdown of collagen and elasticity around your upper lip area, and could result in wrinkles and lines. While it can be difficult to deny yourself of a straw every now and then, pay more attention to your lip line when you’re going through your skincare regime by applying facial serums and moisturisers.

6. We don't eat enough vegetables

Even if you love your weekly fix of salads, you should know that it isn't entirely enough. The antioxidants we get from consuming vegetables are important because they help fight off free radicals that can otherwise leave a dull and older looking appearance on your body and skin. However they only remain active for about a few hours, which is why there's a need for them to be continually replenished. Try including greens in every meal of the day.

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