Here is one fact that is unquestionable. Eating well, staying physically active and not smoking are key factors in keeping the body healthy as you get older. It’s a great advice to follow. However, there are tons of popular advice on age-related issues, especially skin aging, that are just not true and are simply myths. You may have heard some before and you may even be still following some of these anti-aging myths.
4 Skin Aging Myths You Should Stop Believing
Here are 4 popular skin aging myths!
Skin aging Myth No. 1: No Sunscreen on a cloudy or cool day is okay
This is absolutely a myth. No matter what the forecast is for whatever season, you should still apply sunscreen everyday especially if you are planning to spend some time outdoors. Did you know that about 80% of the sun’s harmful UV rays can penetrate clouds and fog? Aside from increasing your risk for skin cancer, the sun’s UV rays are the culprit for over 90% of the changes attributed to skin aging such as wrinkles and lines. This is because UV rays actually damage the collagen and elastin fibers of the skin. Once these fibers lose their strength and flexibility, signs of skin aging such as wrinkles and sagging, set in.
Skin aging Myth No. 2: Moisturizers prevent wrinkles.
The truth is the skin becomes drier with age and in turn wrinkles are more visible. Moisturizers trap in water and oil that are already on your skin so the result is a temporary plumping up of the skin cells. This in turn masks the lines and creases. So moisturizers can make signs of skin aging such as fine lines and wrinkles less noticeable. But they can not stop wrinkles from forming.
Skin aging Myth No. 3: Expensive skin care products are always better
Now here’s a skin aging myth that big skin care brands would have you believe. The price of any anti-aging product should not be the basis of how effective it is. What matters actually are the formulation, and the active ingredients, in a product.
Skin aging Myth No. 4: Your genes dictate how fast your skin ages.
There are certain factors aside from one’s genes that speed up the process of skin aging. Too much exposure from UV rays, smoking cigarettes, unhealthy diet, heavy alcohol consumption and lack of sleep can play a role.
So have you been believing any one of these skin aging myths? Do you know of other myths on age-related issues? Drop us a comment below!
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