Victoria Beckham doesn’t smile all that much to prevent wrinkles and fine lines. Well, she’s right to do so because facial movement does lead to the formation of these aging signs. But not all the things that are said about the effects of the ticking time clock of your skin are facts – some are mere fiction.
Not being aware of these can make you follow what has been passed on by ignorant folks and trigger aging rather than prevent it. Wondering which aging myths are absolutely false? Let’s discuss.
Myth 1 – The more expensive your products, the better
The price tag that is attached to the skincare products that you buy doesn’t mean much. Just because it is a bigger brand, doesn’t mean that it is better. Sometimes organic products from small businesses give more noticeable results and are safer. At the end of the day, it’s not the amount you pay for an anti-aging product, but the ingredients that formulate it that matter.
Myth 2- There’s no way you can control the signs of skin aging once they’ve started to show
There are several many treatments available for controlling the negative symptoms that aging makes appear on the skin. However, several people are of the view that if some signs have started to reveal themselves, this means that you can now do nothing about your skin’s condition. This is false. The skin has incredible abilities of recovery and improvement. The right solution can help it.
Myth 3 – The speed at which your skin ages is primarily determined by your genes
Sure, your mother’s skin texture does determine how your skin will age. If she has firm and glowing skin at fifty, you can too. However, its not genetics mainly that determine skin aging. In fact, only 10% of your skin’s aging process depends on genes. The rest 90% depends on your diet, whether or not you smoke, drink alcohol, and environmental exposure such as the sun’s rays.
Myth 4 – Anti-aging products will show immediate results
To think that anti-aging products, or any skincare products, will show immediate results is entirely incorrect. These formulas do not comprise of miracle ingredients that can magically iron out your fine lines. Expect the products to take at least 4 to 8 weeks to show results. You can take selfies every week to measure the difference.
Myth 5 – You don’t need to use sunscreen everyday
Sunscreen is vital. Even missing out on it for 10 to 15 minutes can have detrimental effects as the minutes can collect and accelerate aging before time. Therefore, whether you are going for a mini shopping trip in the morning or running a quick errand in the sun, don’t forget to lather on some sun protection. In fact, wear sunblock even when it is cloudy outside.
Myth 6 – You should wait until you are old enough to use anti-aging products
There’s no timeline for when you should start taking care of your skin for the purpose of preventing aging signs. Start wearing sunscreen from a young age. If you think your skin has the potential to start showing aging signs early on, you can use anti-aging products sooner than reaching thirty. Many think that these products contain ingredients suitable for old skin which is not the case.
Myth 7 – Your most effective anti-aging formula is in your kitchen
Many people are of the view that they can make their own DIY anti-aging products. However, this is not true. You’ll learn a lot of home remedies online for keeping your skin tighter and smoother. However, the ingredients found in your kitchen may not be hygienic enough to be used on your face. So, rather than using strawberry paste which may have bacteria use a strawberry cream being sold.
Myth 8 – All you need is a good moisturizer
Another commonly believed misconception about anti-aging care for your skin is that a good moisturizer is all you need. However, this not true. Sure, a moisturizer will keep your skin hydrated and soft. But you also need your daily use sunscreen. Not to forget a product that is rich in antioxidants is also a must.
Myth 9 – Makeup products with SPF can do
Many people skip sunblock thinking that if their foundation or concealer offers sun protection there is no point using sunscreen. This is not true. For your foundation or another makeup product to be enough it should be SPF 30 or above. Moreover, only if you can reapply this product every two hours, like your sunscreen, will it be effective.
Myth 10 – A good tan makes you look younger
There is also a belief that a good tan can make you look younger. This is not true because tanning is actually harmful. It is an effort of the skin trying to protect and heal itself. Though the initial glow may make you look beautiful, it is soon followed by dry skin that has more wrinkles, blotchiness, and even sunspots.
Myth 11 – You can stop using anti-aging products once you get desired results
Your skin will constantly age as you grow older. Don’t expect the natural aging process to take a pause. Since it will keep aging, it is best to continue the use of anti-aging formulas to combat its effects. Only when you continue use will you be able to maintain results. You can consult your dermatologist if you want to stop use.
Myth 12 – The latest treatments are better
Just because there is a new-in treatment doesn’t mean that it is good. There are many treatments that make their way into the beauty market and several of them are disappointing despite getting famous for being unusual. Going for the wrong skincare treatment just because you want to follow the trends can be very damaging for your skin.
Myth 13 – If it works for your friend, it must work for you too
Just because a product, skincare routine or supplement has done wonders for your friend doesn’t mean it will work for you similarly. There is no one treatment out there that is so perfect that it works for everyone. What may bring out your skin’s shine and keep it firm, may not have the same effect on another person.
Myth 14 – Botox is about erasing wrinkles
Botox is not about removing any existing wrinkles and fine lines. Rather it is more of a preventative measure. Furthermore, Botox is more than just about your skin. In fact, depending on the injection you go for, Botox can also boost your confidence through impacting your mental health. Always ask your dermatologist what a particular Botox injection will do for you.