It seems that today’s society is obsessed with stopping time. We all want to know how celebrities like Jennifer Lopez and Christie Brinkley look the same now in their 40s and 50s, as they did at 25.
With the overwhelming amount of eye creams, serums and cosmetic treatments on the market, how do we know what will actually help us prevent the dreaded signs of aging? We clear up some common myths with expert advice today on the Skiny.
Myth: Everyone’s Skin Ages the Same Way
As it turns out, that greasy T-zone you were cursed with in high school, may give you the last laugh later in life. Turns out that dry skin types show fine lines sooner than oily skin types. Don’t worry if you are prone to dry skin though, a daily moisturiser with hyaluronic acid can help to lock moisture into your skin.
Myth: Facial Expressions are the Primary Cause of Wrinkles
Animating the face does lead to the formation of fine lines, however how much would life suck if you couldn’t smile? Instead of living with resting B*tch face, just remember to slather on sunscreen.
Turns out that the primary cause of aging is actually sun damage. Expert dermatologist Dr. Lisa Kellett says, “Anti-aging in a nutshell? Stay out of the sun! Use an SPF of 30+ every day to prevent wrinkles.”
Myth: The Earlier you Begin Using Anti-Aging Products the Better
While there is a lot to be said about taking preventative measures about aging, like wearing sunscreen and keeping a healthy diet, you still want to tailor your skin routine to your current needs. For example, if you’re still suffering from hormonal or adult acne, it’s not a great idea to start using rich creams and lotions on your skin, which will lead to more breakouts.
Myth: Moisturiser is the Best Way to Prevent Wrinkles
Moisturiser simply locks the moisture into your skin. For preventing wrinkles stay out of the sun. Use a serum containing 20% Vitamin C every morning, to help even skin tone, sun damage and brighten the skin. Retinol serum with 1% Vitamin A every night to help boost collagen. If you’re going to use two products to combat aging those are the ones.
Myth: Once The Signs of Aging Have Started, There’s Nothing we can do
This one is thankfully SO not true. Our skin cells are replenished every two to three weeks. Since these cells have such a high turnover rate, everything from what we eat, to what products we use, to treatments we do can help improve skins appearance.
There are a lot of really wonderful treatments available these days. Botox is the most popular option to prevent and worsen wrinkles. Injectable Filler being the most popular for helping with volume loss. Resurfacing treatments can help to treat fine lines and there are even skin tightening treatments available these days. So whether you prefer the natural approach, diet and skincare, or cosmetic, there’s always something you can do.
Myth: Diet had Nothing to Do with the Rate at Which our Skin Ages
It would be crazy to think that diet had nothing to do with our skins appearance, as what we consume helps to create our cells. You literally ARE what you EAT. Eating foods with a High Glycemic-Index (GI) rating such as white bread, white potatoes, pasta and sugary sweets produce insulin which causes inflammation in the body that can form in the appearance of wrinkles or other skin impurities.
Sticking to a clean diet with foods in their unprocessed state is always the best best. Vitamin rich leafy greens, coloured vegetables and fruits full of anti-oxidants aid in healthy skin. Also good fats like coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, salmon, eggs and walnuts have been linked to gorgeous, glowing skin.
Hopefully you enjoyed this article and are aware of steps you can take to keep your youthful glow!