Setting The Record Straight On 5 Common Anti-Aging Myths

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The fear of aging led to misconceptions about caring for the skin. But by understanding how wrinkles occur, you can develop effective strategies that delay the signs of aging. After all, there is no point in delaying the signs of aging if it won’t yield the desired results. In today’s post, we are debunking some of the most common anti-aging myths:

1. Expensive Skin Care Products Yield Better Results

The quick answer is no, not all high-end skin care products are proven to work. In fact, some of them are downright misleading their customers. The truth is, the amount of money you put in on a skin cream has little to no bearing on its effectiveness. If the formula is great and it produces results, then it’s effective. And that’s regardless of the product’s price. So don’t believe what your local beauty sales rep tells you. When shopping for products, look for genuine testimonials from users. This is an excellent method to gauge the efficacy of a certain product.

2. You Only Need to Moisturize During the Day

Again, no. You want to keep the skin hydrated day and night to prevent wrinkles. As such, you have to apply a day cream and a night cream. Day creams are lighter, less emollient than night cream. Night cream is heavy because it’s loaded with nutrients that repair the skin as you sleep. To keep the skin youthful, supple and elastic, slather day and night cream every day and night!

3. Wear Sunscreen Only When on the Beach

Perhaps one of the most damaging myths there are is that sunscreen is only needed when you’re on the beach. No, you should wear sunscreen every day. If you don’t want to wear it every day, wear it every time you head out.  Ultraviolet rays from the sun will break down skin tissues. This will lead to wrinkles, sagginess, and photo-aging. And you have to reapply your sunscreen every two hours. If you are on the beach, reapply every time you get out of the water. The product will be washed off in the water, leaving the skin vulnerable to sun damage!

4. Tanning Booths are Safer than Baking under the Sun

Just like baking under the sun with only baby oil, tanning will cause cancer. It will also lead to premature aging, age spots, and sagginess. That’s because tanning booths generate UVA rays. Some tanning booth companies claim that their machines filter out ultraviolet rays. But this is untrue. You are still exposing yourself to damaging UV rays. And ultraviolet rays will go deep into the skin layers causing premature aging.

5. Facial Treatments and Microdermabrasion Will Improve the Skin

Most people get facial treatments and microdermabrasion to keep wrinkles at bay, but these expensive treatments will do more harm than good. Recent studies show that facial treatments cause irritation and breakouts in 80% of people.

While these treatments yield great results initially, it has no long-term skin benefit at all. Microdermabrasion, in particular, is just a waste of money because it only eliminates dead skin cells. You can get the same results by exfoliating your skin regularly with a face scrub.

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