10 Anti-Aging Myths Dermatologists Need You to Stop Believing

By | November 6, 2018

We’re always chasing the newest strategies to keep skin dewy, firm, and glowing. But they don’t all work—and some could actually be harmful.

Myth: Luxury brands are better

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Truth: There are certainly beauty products worth splurging on, but price does not always mean quality. Just as you try to shop organic and invest in timeless bags or suits that go the distance, you may think high-end beauty products are a better investment than drugstore alternatives. But dermatologic surgeon at Manhattan Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Dendy Engelman, MD, begs to differ, explaining that a hefty price tag doesn’t ensure a product will be more effective, or that it even has different ingredients than what you could find in drugstore equivalents. “There are some great drugstore products that can produce good results, and purchasing the cheaper (yet equally effective) products can really cut costs in the long term,” she says. “The best way to choose a skin-care product is to look at the type and concentration of ingredients first and the manufacturer second.” Check out the secrets the beauty industry doesn’t want you to know.

Myth: Anti-aging products work immediately

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Truth: If you apply under-eye cream and a retinol formula moisturizer before bedtime, and you hope to see those wrinkles disappear by morning, you might be in for a different kind of wake-up call. Instant gratification is a pipe dream we all harbor, but Dr. Engelman reminds us that patience is the key to success with growing older. This is especially true when you’re trying an anti-aging product for the first time or switching over to a new formula. “All skin-care products take 4 to 8 weeks to really induce measurable skin changes,” she explains. One smart way to see if a product is impacting your specific enzymes is to take a bare-faced selfie in natural light once a week over two months, so you can see what’s transformed over time. Here’s what you should eat to improve your skin quality.

Myth: Sunscreen is just a recommendation

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Truth: When you wake up and promptly ask your Google Home or Amazon Echo for the day’s forecast, cloudy skies may tempt you to skip sunscreen on your face. Or, if in the dead of winter, you tuck away that 30 SPF because it feels unnecessary, you’re aging your skin faster than you would like. As Dr. Engelman explains, sun exposure for a mere 10 to 15 minutes a day adds up over years and can cause significant sun damage and accelerated aging. “These brief moments can include driving with the sunroof open or walking around outdoor shopping centers during peak sun hours,” she explains. “Even under cloud cover, it is possible for the sun to harm your skin and eyes and cause long-term impact.” Wear sunscreen every single day regardless of the weather, she says, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when your skin is most susceptible to UV rays. Here are the most important sunscreen rules to follow to stay healthy and safe.

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