I’m A Famous Plastic Surgeon – Bad Habits That Make You Look Older, From Makeup To What You Eat

A PLASTIC surgeon warns of the surprising bad habits that might make you look older.

dr. Monica Kieu practices in Beverly Hills, California, where the super-rich are among her clientele, but she shares some of her most valuable anti-aging tips for free.


The facial plastic surgeon offers her advice on TikTok in an ongoing series called “Bad Habits That Make You Age Faster.”

In one of her most viral clips, she warns that drinking energy drinks is a no-no for lasting youthful appearance.

“They’re a combination of a lot of sugar, which is known to cause premature aging by breaking down collagen, and caffeine, which is really dehydrating.”

In fact, there are many foods and drinks that contribute to aging, including anything spicy.

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“There are health benefits to capsaicin, the compound in chili peppers that gives them a spicy kick. But spicy foods have been linked to breakouts.

“In some people who are sensitive, spicy foods can cause inflammation, redness, [and] even broken blood vessels in the skin,” she said.

Meanwhile, processed meats like bacon or hot dogs contain “a lot of sodium, which dries out the skin.”

“Saturated fats and sulfites can all lead to inflammation, which weakens the body’s collagen and causes wrinkles,” she explains.

A high-fat diet that includes fried foods, hydrogenated oils and trans fatty acids can also prevent ageing, she said, as they have been proven to increase free radicals in your skin.

“[That] promotes skin breakdown and wrinkles. They also increase inflammation, which can lead to breakouts and make your skin more vulnerable to UV radiation,” she warned.

Other bad habits include drinking too much alcohol and crash dieting to lose a lot of weight quickly.

She warns against spicy food and meats such as bacon


Makeup and skincare choices can also cause skin to age faster, according to Dr. Kieu, urging followers not to pop their pimples, skip sunscreen, or exfoliate too often.

She says applying eye makeup too “aggressively” can damage your skin.

“Repeated tugging and pulling on your delicate and thin eyelid skin can eventually lead to collagen breakdown and wrinkles.”

I'mMakeup and skincare choices can also make skin age faster


Fragrances in skin care can exacerbate conditions such as acne, hyperpigmentation, rosacea or eczema


She also warns against using any skincare products with fragrances in them, explaining that the fragrances are “totally unnecessary” and “if you’re sensitive to fragrances, it can make your acne, hyperpigmentation, rosacea, or eczema even worse.”

Using the wrong products for your skin can also worsen skin conditions or even create new problems such as inflammation and scarring.

dr. Kieu also has bad news for allergy sufferers: Failure to control those symptoms can cause permanent skin problems.

“The swelling and bags around your eyes can lead to dark circles, and constant itching around your eyes and nose can cause fine lines and wrinkles,” she said.

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Perhaps the hardest habit for most people to break is too much screen time, but Dr. Kieu says the blue light emitted by devices can cause age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, and redness.

Sunscreen can help, as can using dark mode if that’s an option.

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