Myth #1: If you have good genes, you'll have less wrinkles
While the genetic perspective has some merit, lifestyle factors play a larger part in determining how quickly skin begins to exhibit symptoms of age. For example, a mother in her 60s may be starting to acquire fine wrinkles, but she has always worn sunscreen and eaten a nutritious diet. On the other side, her daughter prefers fast food, spends long days at the beach, and frequently forgets her sunscreen in the car. Regardless of her mother's genes, the daughter's carelessness with her skin means she'll be more prone to pigmentation, larger pores, and even adult acne with probable scarring—all of which can make her appear much older, much sooner.
Myth #2 of Anti-Aging: Prevent Wrinkles and Look Younger
This fallacy makes sense: wrinkles are associated with old age, thus the more wrinkles a person has—especially deeper wrinkles—the older they appear. There's some truth in this once more. However, believing in this misconception often leads to the neglect of other indicators of ageing. Did you know, for example, that Hollywood makeup professionals use brown patches on younger actors to age them instantaneously for the camera? A study published in the Journal of Evolution and Human Behavior discovered a robust connection between skin pigmentation and perception of age. As a result, your anti-aging skin care routine shouldn't just focus on wrinkles; it should also include protection of sun damage, pigmentation, and thinning skin.
Myth #3 About Anti-Aging: Fine Lines Indicate Unhealthy Skin
After all is said and done, all skin, wrinkled or smooth, seems to be equally healthy under a microscope. Fine lines and wrinkles are merely signs that your skin is creating less collagen, the protein that makes our skin smooth and velvety in our youth. While increasing collagen levels can assist to avoid changes in skin's appearance and texture, smoothing out wrinkles and fine lines won't help with adult acne or dry skin, for example, because ageing isn't the source of these issues. In other words, while removing wrinkles may give you younger-looking skin, it won't necessarily make your skin healthier—which brings us to our next fallacy.
Myth #4 of Anti-Aging: Moisturizer Is the Key to Youth
Moisturizer aids in the retention of moisture and the strengthening of the skin's lipid barrier, which helps to keep germs, contaminants, and even UV rays out (provided that it contains broad spectrum sun protection). However, the majority of consumers' favourite anti-aging moisturisers from department stores don't always deliver on the anti-aging promises advertised on their bottles. Dermatologists and medical aestheticians may be able to recommend a more effective anti-aging moisturiser with better outcomes. When it comes to the finer points, though, a moisturiser alone is unlikely to suffice.