“Better than Botox!”. “Exercise your facial muscles!”. “Moisturize to look 10 years younger”. Every day we are bombarded with outrageous product claims and skincare advice that promise to keep us looking younger forever. But as much as we’d like them to be true, these are myths that can hurt not only your wallet, but your skin too. To buy products that really work and will make your skin look its best, it’s important to separate truth from myths. So, here are six of the most common anti-aging myths, busted!
Myth #1: Moisturizers can erase wrinkles
All moisturizers aren’t created equal, but none of them can perform miracles. Most creams and serums on the market can only moisturize skin, which will help it to look younger (hydrated skin looks plumper and smoother but the effects are temporary), but won’t erase wrinkles. The only ingredients that can reduce wrinkles are retinoids, but even those work very slowly and won’t give you the same results as botox or fillers. A product with a high concentration of antioxidants (remember a combination of them always work best than a single one, no matter how powerful it is claimed to be), can help fight free radicals, preventing new wrinkles from forming and thus keeping your skin looking younger for longer. But even the best formulated product can’t turn back the hands of time and make you look 10 years younger. It will help you age gracefully and slowly, but if you’re looking for a miracle in a jar (or tube), you’re out of luck. It doesn’t exist yet.
Myth #2: Expensive products work better than inexpensive ones
Luckily for our wallets, this is just a myth. It doesn’t really matter how pricey a product is, or what brand makes it, all that matters is how effective the ingredients it contains are. If an anti-aging product doesn’t contain retinoids or a powerful combination of antioxidants, such as Ferulic Acid + Vitamins C and E for instance, then it simply isn’t work getting. And the product has to come in an airtight and opaque tube or bottle, or the beneficial anti-aging ingredients will deteriorate and lose their efficacy overtime.
Myth #3: You should choose skincare products targeted to your age group
Again, this is not true. The ingredients that fight wrinkles, or acne, or hyperpigmentation, or any other skincare concern, are the same for every age group. You should buy products that are formulated for your skin type and to treat whatever problem your skin may have, regardless at what age group marketing claims say they are aimed to.
Myth #4: You can’t have acne and wrinkles at the same time
We associate acne with teenagers and wrinkles with mature women, and so are tricked into believing that you couldn’t possibly have both at the same time. But that’s not true. Acne may affect mostly teenagers, but everyone can get it. Some people never outgrow acne while others have smooth and clear skin for most of their lives and start breaking out in their 40s or 50s. Only men can grow out of acne because their hormone levels even out after puberty, while women’s keep fluctuating throughout their lives.
Myth #5: Face exercises keep wrinkles at bay
The logic behind this is that exercising muscles tones them, resulting in firm skin that won’t sag. However, lack of muscle tone is not what causes wrinkles. The cause is the decrease of collagen and elastin, which occurs overtime and is accelerated by external factors such as sun exposure, smoking and repetition of facial movements. Facial movements, like smiling and squinting for instance, can, when done too often over a long period of time, cause wrinkles. But while we shouldn’t be worried about expressing our emotions, we should avoid any unnecessary movements such as facial exercises.
Myth #6: Skincare products work as well as botox, fillers and cosmetic procedures
There are lots of skincare products that claim to work as well as, or even better than, Botox, derma fillers and other cosmetic procedures, but if that was true, then no one would have those treatments done anymore, don’t you think? Why would you pay hundreds of dollars for injections if you could get the same result from a moisturizer after all? Because no moisturizer works as well as them. A well-formulated product will keep your skin looking younger for longer, but it can’t make your skin as smooth as Botox or other similar treatments.
Do you know of any other anti-aging myth that needs to be busted?