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Anti-aging myth busting

We’ve all heard them. Many of us have bought into them. Some of us have shuddered in disbelief when we have found them untrue. Beauty myths abound and often dictate skin care and product choices. Here are five of the most common myths, exposed.

skin care myths busted

1You can’t have acne and wrinkles

Those of us who have found a blemish in a wrinkle know that this is not true. Unfortunately, acne is not just for teenagers, and it can strike at any time throughout your life. Women’s hormones fluctuate — so even as wrinkles begin to develop and lines become more visible, it is still absolutely possible to experience a breakout. Talk to your dermatologist about the best treatment for your skin type.

2Expensive skin products are more effective

You can still have beautiful, young looking skin even if you don’t have a separate savings account to cover your skin care products. Affordable anti-aging skin care options that work just as well, if not better, than some of the more high-end bank-busters abound — for example, Clinique Superdefense Age Defense Moisturizer and Oil of Olay Regenerist Wrinkle Revolution Complex.

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3Facial muscles should be exercised to prevent wrinkles

The effectiveness of exercising facial muscles to prevent wrinkles is unconfirmed. Because facial muscles are different from other muscles in the body and do not respond to exercise by growing, it’s hard to prove that exercise will decrease the appearance of fine lines. Some exercises may even create wrinkles through downward movements.

Facial exercises can help relieve tension, stimulate blood flow and aid circulation, so they have their place in skin care. Just avoid overdoing it: It may backfire.


Diet does not affect skin appearance

Your skin is nourished by the fatty acids, vitamins and minerals in your daily meals. The best diet for your skin and your overall health is full of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. Look for foods high in antioxidants and vitamin C for younger-looking skin.

5Sun products are necessary only if you’re going to be outside for an extended period of time

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, researchers recently found that daily application of an SPF-16 sunscreen to the head, neck, arms and hands cut melanoma incidence by half in study participants. Just a few minutes of exposure to the sun each day can cause noticeable changes to the skin. By choosing a daily moisturizer that includes an SPF of at least 16, you’ll protect yourself from premature signs of aging.

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