5 Anti-Aging Myths We Need To Stop Believing

Myth #1 — Wrinkles are the biggest giveaways of age.
The Truth — Lines do play a role, but there’s another factor that adds years: pigmentation. “On movie sets I’ve worked on, when they want to make an actor look older, they paint on age spots,” says Ranella Hirsch, MD board-certified dermatologist in Boston. A 2006 study (which was funded by P&G Beauty, a division of Proctor & Gamble and one of the world’s largest beauty companies) found that faces with uneven skin tone were judged to be up to 12 years older. (Yet another reason for sunscreen.)

Myth #2 — If your mom still looked 40 in her 60s, you will too.
The Truth — Your genes certainly play a role in skin, says Whitney Bowe, MD, a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center, but so do lifestyle and environmental factors. If you won the genetic lottery and inherited Mom’s seemingly ageless looks, and you adhered to a similar lifestyle (we’re betting hers was pretty healthy and involved a lot of sunscreen), you’ve got a good chance of aging the way she did, says Bowe. But if your habits differ quite a bit, your skin may not hold up as well. That also means that on the other, happier hand, if your mom didn’t age so well, you’re not necessarily destined for the same facial fate if you make smart skincare choices (it’s never too late to be diligent about SPF!).

Myth #3 — A well-moisturized face is a wrinkle-free face.
The Truth — Your youthful-looking grandmother may have sworn by a good slathering of moisturizer, but experts will tell you that probably wasn’t the key to her smooth complexion. “Moisturizers seal in moisture — that’s all they do,” says Hirsch. “You look younger very —> Read More