With a saturated market of skincare products and practices claiming their anti-aging benefits, it’s difficult to verify which ones have an actual effect. It’s about time we put some of these false methods to rest. Keep reading as we debunk some of the most popular anti-aging claims!
5 Anti-Aging Skincare Myths We Need to Stop Believing
Anti-aging products are for when you’re older
Waiting until early signs of fine lines or wrinkles isn’t the onlytime to start an anti-aging skincare routine. The same way eating healthy is important at all ages, so is caring for your skin. Determine your skin type and skin concerns in order to find the right products to start using in your 20’s and 30’s, if possible. In a lot of ways, starting healthy skin practices early will set you up for better skin as you age. Here’s a key tip if you don’t know where to start: sunscreen, sunscreen, and more sunscreen!
Hyaluronic acid provides filler-like effects
Hyaluronic acid has been all the hype lately, making its way into almost every skincare product on the market. It’s used as an ingredient in cosmetic dermal fillers, giving consumers the impression that it can do the same in topical form. Unfortunately, the molecules in hyaluronic acid topical products are too large to penetrate that deep into the epidermis to give a “filler-like effect.” For more information on what hyaluronic acid can and can’t do for your skin, go here.
Getting a base tan prevents sun damage
This myth might be the most counterintuitive one yet. Each time you expose your skin to harmful UV rays, whether in a tanning bed or out in the sun, you’re causing damage to your skin. Even if you have a base tan, it doesn’t prevent the possibility of getting a sunburn and the inevitable sun damage that comes along with it. To truly prevent sun damage, you need to use a physical sunscreen and apply it repeatedly throughout the day.
You get the best results if you use the entire skincare line
When looking at an anti-aging skincare line, it’s hard to determine which ones you should use and which ones you could do without. The way they’re advertised gives the impression that you need all of them in order to see the results you desire. However, it’s important to look through the promotion and assess what your skin could really use. Combining too many different products can actually irritate your skin or prohibit the products from working as efficiently as they could. Bring it back to the basics and try this simple anti-aging skincare routine which can be accomplished in 6 steps or less.
You should use retinol every day
Using a retinol cream is great for anti-aging and acne benefits. It keeps your skin glowing by shedding its layers to reveal smoother skin. Nonetheless, retinol can be extremely potent and should only be used in small doses to start while your skin builds a tolerance to it. Depending on the potency, start by using it once or twice a week at night. It’s also important to never apply this in the morning as retinol tends to make skin photosensitive to sunlight. Sun damage would only impede the effects of a retinol product.