It’s Time to Stop Believing These Anti-Aging Myths

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We spend a lot of time chasing the newest and best ways to take a few years off our face.

Unfortunately the world of anti-aging products is full of advertising, misinformation, and pricy products. So, before you shell out big bucks on a tiny jar of anti-aging serum or wind up with a whole vanity full of creams that don’t work, let’s go over some of the biggest myths in the anti-aging skincare game.

You Only Have to Wear Sunscreen in the Sun

We’ve all done it: you check the weather and the forecast is cloudy, so you don’t put on sunscreen. However, it’s never a good idea to skip the SPF. You’re constantly bombarded by the aging effects of the sun, even on cloudy days or during the winter.

Even if you’re going to be indoors all day long, it’s best to go ahead and slather on the sunscreen. While glass typically used is designed to block most UVB rays, it doesn’t offer protection from all UVA rays that are generally linked to the aging of skin cells and cause signs of sun damage.

Wrinkles Are the First Sign of Aging

We don’t usually start thinking about our skin aging until we start seeing wrinkles, but they aren’t actually the first sign of aging. More subtle changes, like discoloration, changes in texture, the appearance of fine lines, and skin laxity, usually appear first.

The More You Pay, the Better the Product

If you’re fighting aging skin on a budget, you’ll be glad to know that expensive products aren’t necessarily more effective. In the skincare market, sometimes the price tag has more to do with marketing and branding than it does to do with quality. Instead of judging by price tag, observe the ingredients list and the manufacturer.

You Will See Anti-Aging Results Immediately

Look, if there was a miracle product that kept our faces looking youthful in an instant, we’d already know about it and everyone would use it. Unfortunately, patience is the name of the game when it comes to anti-aging. Being consistent is also definitely key to seeing results. The average waiting period for an anti-aging product is about one month.

If it Burns or Stings, It’s Working

“Feel the burn” doesn’t really apply here. Usually, burning or stinging is not a good sign in skincare. It could mean that your skin is irritated by an overly harsh product, which could wind up leading to more damage.

Nighttime Anti-Aging Routines Are More Important

We often think of beauty sleep, but your nighttime skin routine isn’t really any more important than your morning routine. In fact, they are about equal in terms of importance. Your skin just has different needs. In the morning, you need to protect it. At night, it’s time to rebuild.