Anti-Ageing Myths and Truths
We have all heard the old wives tales and have probably tried one or more on different occasions. Here we tell you which ones are true and which ones are false. Brace yourselves ladies some of these may shock you!
Does moisturising your face prevent wrinkle formation?
Although moisturising your face is an intricate part of your daily facial routine it alone will not prevent wrinkles. As we age the collagen and elastin that keeps our skin looking youthful degenerates and is unable to maintain the skins firmness thus resulting in wrinkles. Moisturisers do not generally penetrate deep enough to have any effect on the collagen or elastin. If you use a moisturiser with an inbuilt SPF blocking both UVA and UVB rays it will help prevent wrinkles as it will block the harmful effects of the UV rays. Also using moisturiser can minimise the severity of existing wrinkles.
Does dry skin cause wrinkles?
No, dry skin will not cause you to have wrinkles. If your skin is dry it can certainly accentuate your existing wrinkles but it will not cause more to form.
Does using exfoliation products get rid of wrinkles?
The answer is no. Exfoliation products like facial scrubs are great for making the skin appear smoother and give it a nice natural glow. Its role is to remove dead skin cells from the epidermis. It has no bearing on the dermis where wrinkles form.
Drinking plenty of water will help prevent my wrinkles?
The answer is yet again no. Drinking water keeps your skin cells healthy and vibrant by keeping toxins out of them, it will not however prevent your wrinkles. Oh if only it was that easy!
The more expensive the product is the better the affect?
This is not true, there are plenty of affordable brands out there that work just as well as the high end brands one that springs to mind is Olay Regenerist Wrinkle Revolution Complex retailing at approximately $42.39.
You should exercise your facial muscles to prevent wrinkles?
The results on this one are still inconclusive. Facial muscles are not like other muscles in the body, they do not get bigger with exercise. It has been found that some exercise may actually cause the appearance of fine lines. Facial exercises do have their place in skin care by stimulating blood flow, just go easy on them.
Can I shrink my pores?
A lot of the time your pore size is determined by genes so there is not much you can do about them. However if they become clogged they can appear larger. Chemical peels, microdermabrasion and a good daily facial routine can help with unclogging and in turn minimise the appearance of your pores.
Does it really matter about my diet, that has nothing to do with my skin?
Having a well balanced diet enriched with vitamins and minerals also taking a multivitamin is extremely important to maintain healthy skin. B-vitamins, iron, Vitamin K and Vitamin E are essential for maintaining healthy skin. Also look for foods that are rich with antioxidants and Vitamin C, these can help your skin appear younger. Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables especially green leafy veg. Try avoid foods that have a high salt content and reduce the amount of salt you put on your food. Salt can cause fluid retention and as a result skin can appear puffier.
So there you have it your skincare myths unfolded, hope this helps!