A regular skin care that is appropriate for your skin’s type is necessary to fight against aging signs. However, many of us follow ideas that have no scientific origin and whose efficiency is not proved.
In the following, we present to you the most common anti-aging skincare myths to correct.
1. Exfoliating your skin every day keeps your skin youthful.
The scrub is an essential part of your skin care routine. A scrub allows you to have silky soft skin; it helps unclog the pores and promotes blood circulation, thanks to the associated circular movements.
Body scrub also promotes hair regrowth and therefore helps to optimize hair removal.
However,a very common anti-aging false idea is to exagerate with the exfoliating frequency, which can cause profound damage to your skin. Ideally, you can opt for one scrub per week, or even two for oily skin. Also, whatever product is chosen, it should be applied using gentle circular massages.
2. A little sunscreen is enough to maintain young-looking skin.
To avoid sunburn, you don’t just have to put on sunscreen, you have to put on the right amount!
Thus sun protections displayed on the tubes or sprays of sunscreen are only accurate if we apply to our skin at least an amount which corresponds to 2 mg / cm2, while we put on average only 0.8 mg / cm2, and some even put enormous quantities for a better protection which is totally false.
So, you may be wondering how to be sure to stick to the 2 mg / cm2 dose? Simply by using a teaspoon. You need to spread out half a spoon for each arm, and half a spoon for the face and neck. On the other hand for each leg, the torso and the back it will be a whole teaspoon each time.
3. The more you wash your face, the better.
It is essential to clean your face well to maintain healthy skin. But how many times a day should you cleanse or wash your face?
According to dermatologists and experts in the field, we should wash our face twice a day. More frequent washing would be excessive and could lead to a deregulation of the pH and the natural luminosity of the skin.
For dry skin, it is generally considered that there is no need to cleanse your face in the morning. During the night, the skin rebuilds itself and provides the necessary dose of sebum so that it remains hydrated and less quickly dried out.
For sensitive skin, it is advisable to opt for a simple jet of clear water (not too hot, especially) or to pass a cotton ball soaked in tonic. In the evening, on the other hand, it is essential to thoroughly cleanse your face to free it from the impurities accumulated throughout the day.
4. Only expensive cosmetics will lead to good anti-aging results.
Do we have to pay a lot for a better quality?
Luxury cosmetics are often pitted against cheap cosmetics, as if each of us had to choose sides. For some, the more expensive the better, for others, the more expensive it is, the more it smells of scam.
Of course, luxury brands incorporate assets from advanced research into their products. But they are often included in very small quantities.
The formula of a cosmetic remains almost the same. A cream will always be a mixture of water, oil, with added additives.
The marketing however plays an essential role in the product’s coast. The prestigious houses have their own universe, magnificent muses. And the design is meticulous. Refined fragrances are added, the packaging attracts the eye, after-sales services (in general) are attentive and the customer is pampered.
So the question is to know what brand to favor, which is largely conditioned by its efficiency, never its cost.
5. You need a complex anti-aging skincare routine.
Many think that we need a whole set of beauty products to have healthy skin. They vary ranges and types of products. However, dermatologists confirm that we only need a gentle cleansing gel suitable for your skin type, a moisturizer, and of course a sunscreen of at least 30 SPF.
6. If you’re young, there is no need for anti-aging skincare.
Your 20s are usually “too early” to start using anti-aging products.
These are in fact usually formulated for more mature skin, which has different needs. As we get older, the production of sebum decreases, which explains why mature women often have problems with dry skin and therefore the products intended for them are much richer, often too rich for women in their twenties. Many of these products can cause problems in younger women, such as blackheads and acne breakouts.
So, anti-aging products should be incorporated gradually (not systematically). The most concentrated and richest products are not the ones you should be looking for.
Indeed, our habits and our environment are mainly responsible for the appearance of the signs of aging. So, to preserve the youth of your skin when you’re young, focus on a good facial cleanser and a moisturizer, ideally with a sunscreen.
7. More retinol will lead to better results.
Retinol has been proven to be a powerful ingredient against aging of skin. It can really make a difference regardless of your skin type. But what percentage of retinol should you choose? The amount of retinol needed for your skin depends on your skin type and / or your skin problems, and your skin’s tolerance level.
Despite its anti-aging and anti-acne properties, retinol has the reputation of not being suitable for everyone. Its intensive use can create redness, dryness, swelling, especially in sensitive skin.
You should know that no matter what percentage of retinol you use, taking good care of your skin is not just about one element. There is no one ingredient that does it all. A good skincare routine consists of several star components: antioxidants and regenerating products.
8. People with darker skin don’t need sunscreen.
Contrary to popular belief and just like other skin tones, black and mixed skins are not immune to the harmful effects of UV rays.
From a structural point of view, black and mixed skins are a bit thicker, dense and compact than fair skin. Furthermore, one of the most obvious characteristics of dark skin is the intensity of melanin pigmentation. Yes, they naturally enjoy better protection against the sun and are better preserved from penetration (although not completely) in the deep layers of the skin by UVA and UVB rays.
But beware of preconceived ideas! This does not mean that black and mixed skins are free from sun protection. The high level of melanin is not a sufficient barrier against the harmful effects of the sun and does not prevent the appearance of spots or sunburn. Likewise, unprotected skin means taking the risk of accelerating the aging or, in less frequent cases, of promoting the appearance of skin cancer.
9. 8 glasses of water a day will keep the wrinkles away.
To fight against aging of the skin, nothing is more effective than a significant and regular hydration. Water is present in large quantities in the different layers of the skin, and it is the main responsible for the skin’s appearance.
Aging, exposure to the sun, pollution or tobacco are all factors that will disrupt the skin hydration process. Indeed, these factors will alter the protective film formed by water and fat. As we age, the skin therefore loses its elasticity, which causes expression wrinkles and sagging skin to appear.
To counter the natural aging of the skin and dehydration linked to environmental factors, it is essential to drink enough water for a significant and regular hydration.
But it’s a stubborn anti-aging myth on the web that you only need to drink a lot of water to look 10 years younger.
To be clear once and for all, drinking 2 liters of water a day will not give you back your last 10 years, but it will definitely help prevent a state of dehydration. But hydrating your skin properly also relies strongly on moisturizing your skin from the outside and protecting it from aging factors.