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 [...]