If you ever heard your mother or father chastise you for frowning too much or else, “You’ll get wrinkles!” – then it’s likely that she has fallen victim to one of the myths about wrinkles! Indeed, you are constantly bombarded with all kinds of messages that aim to help you reduce the appearance of wrinkles such as applying certain ointments or performing certain facial exercises.
This article will take you through some of the common myths that have invaded our cultural consciousness and whether they have even a kernel of truth. We’d like to preface this by saying that wrinkles are a completely normal part of aging but it’s a source of discomfort for many, which is why we wish to educate you on the truth about wrinkles.
Myth #1: My Parents Have Wrinkles So I’ll Definitely Get Them too
The condition of your skin isn’t just determined by your genetics. Lifestyle factors can have a huge impact too! A good skincare regimen may delay or markedly reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Remember, you’re not a slave to genetics so start applying those moisturizers now!
Myth #2: The Sun Causes Wrinkles
This myth does have some truth to it. According to dermatologists, ‘photo damage’ or sun damage can cause nearly 90% of the visible skin changes that we see. This means that applying sunscreen becomes even more important. Remember to apply sunscreen when it’s a cloudy day or even when you’re staying indoors because the rays of the sun are still harmful. Always reapply your sunscreen every two hours to ensure that you’re getting the coverage that you need.
Myth #3: Moisturizers Will Prevent Wrinkles
While it is true that hydrated and supple skin can reduce the appearance of wrinkles, it can never prevent wrinkles from forming altogether. With skincare, prevention is always better than cure so it’s best to start your regimen early. This includes the right moisturizer for your skin type. It is important to keep using moisturizers even after you spot wrinkles because dry and dehydrated skin can exaggerate fine lines.
Myth #4: Facial Exercises Can Help Reduce Wrinkles
You may have seen celebrities and influencers swearing by certain exercises that they claim have helped them reduce their wrinkles. After today, you’ll know that this is a myth! It has been found that repeated facial movements and expressions can increase the presence of fine lines. What’s more, the muscles of your face are not the same as other muscles in your body, meaning that they can’t be firmed up. All in all, you can’t replace the volume in your face that you lost naturally.
Myth #5: Home Remedies Work Wonders for wrinkles
Face masks seem like the best thing ever invented. Social media has glamorized this but after today, you’ll do well to remember that these products are not the solution. At best, certain ingredients can help brighten the appearance of your face but at worst, they irritate your skin. While we all want to look and feel healthy, having a regular skincare routine with plenty of moisturizer and sunscreen will work wonders. Remember not to neglect what you put in your body; fruits and vegetables are a fantastic way to boost skin health!