Here are some of the most common anti-aging myths.
For many people, fighting off the signs of aging is a top priority. Many claims have been made about certain ways to fight off wrinkles. With the slew of information, products, and devices out there claiming to keep the skin youthful, it can be difficult to know what is fact and what is fiction.
Myths About Lifestyle
Facial exercises keep the skin on the face taut and young.
There are many claims about extreme facial exercises and their capability of keeping the skin young. While they may be effective in keeping the skin on the neck tight, they can actually make matters worse on the face. The extreme muscle movements can actually accentuate fine lines.
Exercise doesn’t affect the skin.
A proper exercise regime can do wonders to the skin. Cardiovascular exercises will increase blood flow. This increase in blood flow delivers oxygen and nutrients throughout the body, including the skin on the face. Not only will exercise keep the body young, but it will help keep the skin youthful, as long as proper protection is used.
Tanning booths are safe if they filter out UVB rays.
Many tanning booths filter out UVB rays and claim that they are safer because UVB rays cause sunburns. Unfortunately, they still emit UVA rays. UVA rays can be even more dangerous than UVB rays, as they penetrate deeper into the skin. UVA rays are known to cause skin damage and even cancer.
Sunscreen is only needed on sunny days.
UVA reaches the skin every day of the year, regardless of cloud coverage. Even if direct sunlight is avoided, UVB rays can reach the skin through reflections. UV rays break down collagen and elastin, which will eventually lead to saggy skin and pigment issues. Sunscreen should be used every day and reapplied every couple of hours to ensure maximum protection.
Myths About Food
Diet isn’t important.
Because a person’s diet affects how their body functions inside, it will also reflect on the outside. Sweet foods can make the skin dull. Saturated fats, alcohol, and carbohydrates will also affect the skin. To keep the skin youthful, anti-inflammatory foods should be a big part of a diet.
Water prevents the formation of wrinkles.
While water is a vital part of a person’s overall health, excessive water intake won’t prevent wrinkles and other signs of aging. Wrinkles are mainly caused by age and sun exposure. That being said, not enough water can cause the skin to dry out. A healthy amount of water will keep a person healthy, but it won’t fight off wrinkles.
Anti-aging foods are all hype.
There are many claims about the anti-aging benefits of many types of foods. While some claims are unfounded, many have scientific backing. Foods rich in antioxidants can help fight off the signs of aging and disease. Among other benefits, antioxidants repair damaged cells. Having a diet filled with antioxidant foods will improve one’s overall health while keeping them healthy.
Myths About Products
Pain and irritation means that a product is working.
A product doesn’t have to be irritating to work. Many people look for products that will dry the skin out and cause peeling. In some cases, these products are doing more harm than good. Many essential anti-aging ingredients are neutralized to prevent irritation while still helping the skin.
Wrinkle creams will remove wrinkles completely.
Wrinkle creams often make bold promises about their benefits. Unfortunately, many simply hydrate the skin, which causes it to plump up. While this may temporarily soften the appearance of wrinkles, the effects will wear off. That being said, some ingredients can have long-lasting effects, such as retinoids. The ingredients should be looked into to ensure that wrinkle creams aren’t simply moisturizers.
Natural ingredients aren’t as effective as artificial ingredients.
Many products contain a number of artificial ingredients that are effective in fighting off the signs of aging. However, many products also contain numerous natural ingredients. These ingredients include vital nutrients and antioxidants. In many cases, the natural ingredients are what provide the benefits. These ingredients include vitamin E, vitamin C, selenium, and much more.
The pricier the product, the better.
The price of anti-aging products varies dramatically based on brand. However, many products contain similar ingredients. In some cases, cheaper products purchased at the local drug store can have better effects than a product that costs hundreds of dollars.
Once the effects of a product are seen, it isn’t needed anymore.
It’s not uncommon for people to ditch a product once they’ve seen improvement and results. However, it’s important that the product continues to be used to maintain the results. Without continued use, the results will begin to reverse and fade away. While it may not seem like the product can provide any more improvement, it is actually maintaining the results.
All products will work for everyone.
The ingredients in skin products may have different effects on different people. Everyone’s skin is different and reacts differently to certain products. This is especially true for different types of complexions. The products that work for someone with fair skin may not work for someone with darker skin. Some manufacturers provide different versions of the same products for people with different types of skin. However, the only way to know if a product is truly effective is trying it out.
More products will provide better results.
While may people choose to use multiple products in higher dosages, it doesn’t always mean they will see better results. In most cases, less is more. Using multiple products will only lead to more irritation and more money spent.
Myths About Procedures
Regular microdermabrasion treatments keep the skin youthful.
Microdermabrasion and other abrasive treatments are growing in popularity, with many home devices on the market. While a treatment will make the skin smooth, it merely takes off the top layer of skin. Occasional treatments aren’t bad, but regularly subjecting the skin to this treatment can lead to increased irritation and exposure.
Lasers can erase all signs of aging.
Many skin lasers exist on the market today and provide a number of benefits. They can boost collagen production and improve the appearance of wrinkles. That being said, they can’t fix everything. The technology has its limitations. They won’t completely erase the signs of aging. While they will provide improvement, they can’t make a person look decades younger.
Fillers and injections are a permanent fix.
Fillers are a common way for people to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. They plump up wrinkles to produce a smooth appearance. However, these treatments are only temporary. The effects will fade away with time, requiring regular touch ups to maintain results.
New treatments are guaranteed to work.
Any time a new anti-aging treatment is discovered, many people flock to set an appointment and give it a try. They may then find that the treatment did more harm than good. It is important that people seek advice from their dermatologist before giving a new treatment a try. They’ll be able to see if the treatment is effective for their patient’s skin or a complete waste of time and money.
Myths About Skin Care
Keeping the skin extra clean will keep it young.
Many believe that the key to supple and smooth skin is constant cleansing. However, cleansers strip the skin of natural oils. The oils keep the skin moisturized. Constantly removing it will only dry out the skin and draw attention to any imperfections. Mild cleansers and no harsh scrubbing are the way to go.
Makeup with SPF will provide all day protection.
Many foundations and BB creams offer some form of sun protection. However, most products contain low SPF. Not only that, but makeup is only applied in the morning and not reapplied throughout the day. Those looking to use makeup as protection from the sun need to find a foundation with an SPF level of at least 30 and reapply it every two hours. Otherwise, the makeup won’t provide suitable protection.
Popping a pimple will make it heal faster.
While it may be tempting to pop a pimple, this should be avoided. Squeezing a pimple can actually cause further breakouts. As a pimple is squeezed, pus can go deeper into the skin and spread. This will lead to another breakout. Furthermore, popping a pimple will lead to scarring that is more difficult to get rid of.
Moisturizers stop wrinkles from forming.
Using moisturizers is an essential step in any skincare routine, as they help trap moisture on the skin and keep it supple. However, moisturizers don’t penetrate deep into the skin. They only temporarily plump up skin cells. They can’t stop the formation of wrinkles in the long run.
A specific routine must be followed to get great skin.
Usually, people will cleanse their face and follow it with toners, moisturizers, and serums. While this routine may be great for some people, it isn’t guaranteed to provide the best results. People should find a routine that works with their skin, eliminating any product that provides less than desirable results. The same goes for the frequency of cleaning the face and how often certain products are used. There is no set routine that works for everyone.