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I don’t use straws, ever. Of course, I care about the environment and avoiding plastic straws is a great way to reduce your plastic use but this isn’t the reason I avoid straws.


First, I’d like to commend the people around the world that are going hard on social media to promote sustainable straw options other than plastic. What’s the point of using straws? To stop your teeth from being stained? NEWS FLASH: your teeth can be whitened easily, you can switch to a whitening toothpaste, use whitening strips, use natural methods such as activated charcoal. The teeth whitening options are endless and easy.

Let’s get back to repetitive movements...

Wrinkles are a natural aging process that occur as we get older when our skin is thinner and has less collagen. Wrinkles occur in places where you make the most movement and it’s not the same for everyone. Some people have more expressive smiles, furrow their brows often, have a more expression in their forehead while talking etc. Wherever YOU make the most movements, is where you will wrinkle.

With that being said, have you ever seen the lips on someone after 20 years of smoking? It’s really easy to spot someone that has been smoking for many years because they carry the same characteristic, vertical lines surround the entire mouth. Granted, this type of wrinkling is exacerbated to due blood vessels being constricted by toxins and lack of oxygen but it doesn’t take away the fact that the visible wrinkling is due to repetitive puckering movements.

This is the same movement you make when you use a straw! For some of you, this may not be all that applicable. Personally, this post doesn’t really apply to me because I don’t drink soft drinks, mixed drinks and I have my coffee at home almost everyday from a glass. I don’t have to actively try not to use a straw because I hardly find myself in a situation that requires one. However, this post is really for the person that gets their iced coffee every-morning, or is constantly drinking from a water bottle with a built-in straw etc. I HAD to write this post because I’ve noticed more and more content focused on sustainable straw options. It’s a huge market right now, as it should be!

But really think about it, how often are you using straws? I have a friend that drinks 3 liters of water daily from a bottle with a built-in-mini-straw-thingy. She takes it around with her ALL DAY. That is literally 15 hours (at least) of puckering! You guys, that’s more action than smoking a pack of cigs! I have another friend that can’t live without her iced coffee in the morning, and sometimes in the afternoon as well. Add all of that up over a course of 5, 10, 15, 20 years and that is some serious movement!

But really the bigger question is: why are we even using straws and what are we drinking that requires them? Like, not to stain teeth? Okay, I answered that above. If you’re drinking soda, that’s just as bad for your health as smoking so you should just give that up all together. You don’t NEED a straw to drink water. This is really just a good opportunity to do an inventory on what you’re actually putting into your body regularly. Maybe it’s a good idea to cut some options all together!

To wrap it up, there are two main points here:

  1. Whitening your teeth is significantly easier to maintain and correct than reversing wrinkles - so that’s not a good excuse. In fact you can’t actually reverse wrinkling! (BTW BOTOX IS NOT AN OPTION IN YOUR LOWER FACE - it freezes muscles so, in some cases, you could literally lose the ability to close your mouth, smile or even talk properly)

  2. Repetitive movements = wrinkles. The next time you’re using a straw, take a look in the mirror and pay attention to your lips. The movement you make is where you’re forming wrinkles. (Also, this is a great technique to use for holistic wrinkle prevention. You can actually train yourself to avoid certain mannerisms. This is a regular practice for media training (TV, on-camera training) to be very aware of your facial movements.