5 Anti Aging Myths

5 Anti Aging Myths

5 Anti Aging myths that I have heard over and over through my 11 years in treating clients for acne, hyperpigmentation, and anti aging treatments.

Along with the 5 anti aging myths, I will also sprinkle in some PRO TIPS in skin care to help you avoid the common anti aging myths and skin care myths so you can avoid purchasing needless anti aging skin care products and waste-of-time skin care techniques.

  1. ANTI AGING MYTH- The BEST Antioxidant is…

There is NOT a single antioxidant ingredient that is the best. Different skin types responds differently to different ingredients. For example, Vitamin C is touted as one of the best antioxidant/anti aging ingredients for hyper pigmentation and preventing fine lines and wrinkles.

However, for some sensitive skin types, they respond to the L-Ascorbic acid with redness and atopic dermatitis.

Other skin types may not respond well to Retin A. The skin care/beauty industry will name a certain anti aging ingredient as the “flavor of the month” just like the fashion industry will proclaim a certain color or style that will be in for the season.

Find the best antioxidant(s) that work best with your skin, whether it be for hyper pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles or age spots.

2. ANTI AGING MYTH- Antioxidant can take away wrinkles

Antioxidants neutralize free radicals that lead to the break down of collagen and elastin that ultimately can lead to fine lines/wrinkles.

It can also help prevent already existing wrinkles from becoming more prominent but it cannot erase already existing wrinkles . Antioxidants can also help prevent fine lines from becoming wrinkles.

3. ANTI AGING MYTH- Topical creams/serums containing collagen can add more collagen to skin and replace collagen

As of this video and blog post, there are no substantial evidence that topical application of collagen creams can penetrate the epidermis and add collagen and elastin.

The products may add moisture to your skin, making it feel softer, but NOT actually adding volume.

***PRO TIP**

Because you cannot add collagen to your skin topically, you can look into using ingredients that can stimulate the fibroblasts to create new collagen and elastin such as using Retin A or Retinol, undergoing laser treatments, professional acid peels, or microdermabrasion. These all stimulate the fibroblast to create new collagen and elastin.

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4. ANTI AGING MYTH- Vitamin E takes away scars

This anti aging myth is one of the more popular myths that I have heard over and over in my practice. Yes. Vitamin E is an antioxidant and helps build skin.

The Vitamin E oil can also help soften scar tissue but there is no evidence that vitamin E can actually change the irregular striations of scar tissue and lighten the post inflammatory hyper pigmentation. (link below to the study)

According to one study, it may even have a negative effect on scars.

5. ANTI AGING MYTH- Facial Exercises tone Facial Muscles and make a person appear Younger

There are about 43 facial muscles, unlike the body, facial muscles are attached directly to the skin. There are no facials muscles that are connected to ligaments and tendons.

Most wrinkles are formed along expression lines, where, over time, the repetitive movements from expressions such as squinting, smiling, and frowning can cause creases in the skin.

Constant facial exercises can exacerbate the already formed expression lines.

Now, if you find you have a wrinkle or wrinkles that is not considered an expression line such as a horizontal or diagonal line across the eyebrow or lines that go down the face, these could be sleep wrinkles.

Sleep wrinkles CANNOT be addressed with anti aging ingredients or fillers.

***PRO TIP***

Instead of doing facial exercises, tone facial muscles by using micro current machines. The micro current machines uses electrical micro currents to stimulate cell growth, they also stimulate the muscles that may have atrophied due to age and/or botox, which prevents the muscle from moving.

Since the facial muscle is attached to the skin, and NOT to ligaments or tendons, when the muscles starts to weaken, some may start to notice a sagging of the jawline, jowls or cheeks. The probes of the micro current machine conduct a low level electrical current that passively stimulates the muscle.

More on this in a future blog post and video.


ANTI AGING MYTH-Cucumbers are the best to help reduce puffiness of the eyes

Cucumber is mostly water and some fiber. There are no magical ingredients in cucumber that reduces puffiness or takes away dark circles of the eyes.

If a cucumber is refrigerated, it can be cooling, soothing, and hydrating for tired puffy eyes. However, cooling eye gels that have anti inflammatory ingredients will be more beneficial to puffy, dry eyes.

***PRO TIP***

If you have an eye gel (eye creams don’t work as well), you can place it in the refrigerator and apply on clean skin, then apply an eye gel patch or eye gel mask that has also been refrigerated and apply that for 15 minutes.

These eye gel patches conform better to your eyes than sliced cucumbers.

These eye gel patches/eye gel mask can be reused. After each use, wash them with soap and water, dry them off, and wipe them down with rubbing alcohol and place them back in the fridge for the next use.


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