It’s now become common for much of our culture to equate the natural process of aging with ugliness, to conflate something as natural as gravity with the wear and tear that a person’s body accrues over the decades of his or her life. There’s nothing wrong with getting older and growing up. But the world we live in often puts us through conditions where our bodies are subjected to undue stresses and pressures, which can produce unhealthy physical results, such as damage to our skin. Treating and solving these problems are now known collectively as “anti-aging” but, unfortunately, the field is littered with misconceptions and myths. Seeing through and understanding these myths is just as important as finding actual, workable solutions.
Myth 1: Doing facial exercise routines can get rid of wrinkles.
A lot of videos and fake regimens continue to circulate, promising that consistently exercising you facial muscles will eventually fix wrinkly skin. In fact, there’s a consensus among dermatologists that actually suggests the opposite: the overworking of multiple facial muscles can actually increase wrinkles on your face. Exercising facial muscles may help lessen fat in your face and neck, but the skin has little to do with this process. Losing such too much “face fat” in a short time can actually result in more saggy facial skin.
Myth 2: Putting on make-up that has a “sun protection factor (SPF)” number is just as good as applying sunscreen.
SPF is an artificial scale that measures a particular substance’s ability to protect against UV light and radiation. It’s not an ingredient. Some things, like sunscreen, often have higher SPF, but most make-up products certainly don’t. Unless you apply cream or make-up that has an SPF of over 30–and that you do this often throughout the day, just as you would with sunscreen–then what you have on your face won’t protect you against the sun’s rays.
Myth 3: All face creams that contain anti-oxidizing vitamins will work to make you appear younger.
Actually, paying for expensive creams that contain exotic-sounding vitamins will get you little more than an emptier bank account. Anti-oxidizing vitamins (eg. selenium, Vitamin E, etc.) do help to preserve the structurally integrity of cells, and can assist in reversing skin-damaging processes, but a lot of the cream products out there contain only a small dosage these vitamins, and often deliver them in cream mixes that aren’t well-absorbed by the skin. More effective delivery systems and mixes can be put together, and are out there, but a significant amount just aren’t made in a way that’s easily absorbed, and usually leads to short-term effects.
Myth 4: Blame your bad genes for those wrinkles.
Certainly our DNA plays a role in much of our physiological processes and dispositions, but solely blaming genes for an ailing body or, for that matter, damaged skin, is a convenient way to alleviate oneself from personal responsibility. Stress, sun, and inflammatory foods all contribute to the excesses of the aging process. Researchers agree that “free radicals” produced inside out bodies are responsible for much of our damaged cells, leading to bad skin, acne, age spots, and even diseases. Getting rid of these free radicals means a healthier diet and lifestyle.
Hairfree Laser Clinics stresses natural processes to help you reverse the damage done to your skin and body over the years. There’s no, “one-size-fits-all” magic bullet solution out there. We offer a number of treatment systems that’ll help you cut back on the wear and tear that your body experiences throughout time. Only a combination of these effective procedures, along with a healthy knowledge of how to avoid “cures” that don’t actually work, can result in a healthier body and a healthier mind.