There is so much false information doing the rounds with regards to skin care that many people are not sure what is true and what isn’t, especially when it comes to anti-aging advice. As a result, many people are causing irreparable damage to their skin, which causes them to look older than they really are. Here are just a few of the most common myths that are currently circulating with regards to anti-aging.

1. Moisturizers make Wrinkles Disappear

Most moisturizing products have been designed to sit on the outside of the skin to help keep it hydrated by retaining existing water and oil; they cannot by any means make wrinkles disappear. As a result, using moisturizers on skin that is oily can make the problem even worse. The only time you should be using moisturizers on a regular basis is if you are suffering from dry and flaky skin. If moisturizers don’t seem to help or if they worsen the flakiness, you may need to schedule an appointment with a dermatologist.

2. Sunscreen is only needed in summer

This is by no means true, as the sun’s harmful UV rays are present all year round – even when it is raining, overcast, semi-cloudy or snowing. Harmful UVA rays are known to penetrate through cloud cover and penetrate your skin deeply, which is why you need to wear a good quality sunscreen product all year round. Ensure that the product you choose has an SPF rating of 30 or higher.

3. Once you Notice Improvement, you can Stop Using Anti-Aging Products

Many people think that they can stop using anti-aging products once they see a minor improvement or they have achieved the desired results. However, you will need to continue using them if you want those desired results to last. This is especially true when it comes to products that reduce the appearance of wrinkles and age spots.

4. You should Choose Skincare Products According to your Age Group

In most cases, the ingredients in skincare products are the same, no matter what age group they have been targeted at. Instead, it is recommended that you either choose products that have been formulated for your particular skin type or for a particular condition that you may need to treat, such as oily skin, dry skin or even eczema.

5. Dry Skin Causes Wrinkles

This is not true, as wrinkles are usually the direct result of excessive sun exposure, genetics, and loss of estrogen, general muscle movement and fat depletion – all of which occur as a person ages. Although using good quality moisturizing lotions can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, they cannot make them disappear entirely – or help prevent them from appearing.

The best form of anti-aging is to ensure that you take good care of your skin each day. Your skin should be washed with a mild cleanser and gently patted dry afterwards. Drinking enough water will help flush toxins from the body that are responsible for causing skin to appear dull and lifeless, so if ever there was a reason to start adding water to your daily liquid intake, this is it.

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