6 Anti-aging Myths You Should Know

6 Anti-aging Myths You Should Know
6 Anti-aging Myths You Should Know

There’s no doubt about it.

The beauty junkie that you are, you have been most likely following every lead and every story there is about keeping your skin beautiful and more youthful. Yes, that includes the best anti wrinkle cream and other skin care products that can stop your skin from aging.

But, remember this:

Just as you are interested to know what works, you should also keep your eyes out for myths. These customary beliefs can get in the way of your quest for ageless beauty, too.

Now, don’t be duped into believing these six myths or you’ll be sorry you ever heard of them in the first place:

Myth No. 1: You need to keep your skin squeaky clean to achieve clear skin

Clean skin is an absolute must to get a blemish-free skin. However, over washing will hurt your skin, too.

Cleansing strips away your skin’s natural oils, including the good bacteria that keep the pimple-causing bacteria on your skin under control. It also preps your skin to receive the optimal benefits of all the products you’re going to apply after.

So, next time you feel like giving your face a wash, think twice. A second wash may be necessary after sweating profusely but any more than that is bad for your skin.

Myth No. 2: Sunscreen gives you absolute, 100% protection from UV radiation

Yes, sunscreen is a must-have for everyone.

However, you shouldn’t rely on it to give you 100% protection against the sun’s harmful rays. Just because you have sunscreen on does not excuse you from staying out under the sun.
Moreover, sunscreens are not created similarly. Some varieties, most especially the chemical sunscreens, may do your skin more harm than good.

Before you actually buy one, read labels and do your research first to know what’s good for you.
Sunscreens are particularly important if you are using topical acne treatment products or if you are using anti-aging creams. These products typically contain ingredients that can make your skin more photosensitive.

Myth No. 3: Some workouts are bad for your skin

Some people have been duped into thinking that certain intense cardio workouts harm their skin, particularly its elasticity. Don’t believe such preposterous assumptions!

The firmness of your skin depends on the firmness of its hold on your muscles. The firmer your muscles are, the better synthesized your muscles and skin become.

Myth No. 4: The earlier you get started on a wrinkle cream, the better your chances are of achieving ageless skin

The skin care products you apply on your skin must always be suitable to your skin type. Wrinkle creams are generally made for mature skin.

Consider this.

Young skin may suffer from getting on an anti-aging regimen too early. One good reason is that most anti-aging products are laden with photosensitizing agents and ingredients that thin out the skin.

These things can make the skin more vulnerable to sun damage and other harsh elements.

Myth No. 5: The pricier an anti-aging cream, the more effective

There’s no logic in this statement. What differentiates good wrinkle creams from the bad ones is their formula and not the price that’s printed on their labels.

A good anti-aging product is made with ingredients that can solve your most pressing skin issues- from wrinkles, dark circles, age spots or dry skin. It should have a combination of antioxidants, peptides and moisturizers.

But, here’s the thing:

Anti-aging products will deliver varying results across users. There’s one out there that matches your skin and your needs but you’ll have to go through a series of trial-and-error to find it.

Myth No. 6: The severity and rate at which you age is primarily determined by your genes

Of all the anti-aging myths on this list, this one has some truth to it. However, your genetic makeup isn’t the only one you should blame.

Remember that environmental stressors, most especially sun damage, can also greatly affect how fast your skin ages. So, stop blaming your skin woes to your ancestors.


Achieving ageless skin isn’t that complicated. However, without the right facts and ideas, the process can get a lot trickier.

For your products and routine to be effective, you need to do your research. Read and study what products you are going to apply on your skin and what effects you can expect.

Once you are able to tell fact from fiction, you won’t have any problem finding products and establishing a skin care routine that can actually work.

Dr Kathleen May Eusebio-Alpapara

A board-certified dermatologist who practices both medical and cosmetic dermatology

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