Debunking Common Anti-Ageing Beauty Skin care Myths

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Debunking Common Anti-Ageing Beauty Skin care Myths

Certain skincare myths persistently manage to survive despite scientists’ attempts to debunk them. It seems that they have been around for such a long time and that they have been repeated for so many times that they simply prove the most important law of propaganda “Repeat a lie often enough and it becomes the truth.” Oddly enough, some of these myths are further fueled by celebrities who promote and popularise them. Juicing as a detox method comes to mind, immediately. Let’s re-examine some of these skin care myths and see if there’s a shred of evidence in any of them.

The pricier, the better

People often judge skin care products according to their price tags, and they’re convinced that if a product is more expensive, it’s better for their skin. Fortunately, this isn’t always the case. The fact that a face cream costs two or three times more than your regular, household brand, doesn’t have to mean that it has some skin-repairing superpowers. Basically, you pay for its luxurious packaging and nice perfume.  Active ingredients, that actually make any skin care product work, aren’t expensive. So, when you’re deciding on what to buy, opt for those that list lactic and glycolic acid, soy, retinol, or niacinamide, as their top ingredients.

Debunking Common Anti-Ageing Beauty Skincare Myths

No sunscreen in shade

This is one of the most dangerous myths regarding skin care. Namely, it’s a common misconception that sunscreen is needed only when you’re exposed to direct sunlight, so many people don’t wear any when it’s cloudy, or when they’re in the shade. Such behaviour can result in premature ageing of the skin, as research says that 80% of UV rays pass through clouds, not to mention that they can also penetrate glass and that they can reach your skin even when you’re under a parasol or in the shade. Make sure to wear at least an SPF 30 sunscreen on a daily basis and prevent damage to collagen and elastin.

It’s too late

While it’s best to start nourishing and caring for your skin as early as possible, the idea that you can’t do anything once the first signs of ageing have started to appear is simply a myth. High-quality products by premium brands such as Ultraceuticals can help you repair your skin, eliminate wrinkles, and improve skin firmness. Antioxidants and vitamin C can do wonders for your skin, and even if you’ve been neglecting it, it’s never too late to adopt a skin care routine.


Debunking Common Anti-Ageing Beauty Skincare Myths

Your skin reflects what you eat

Actually, this one is absolutely true. Your diet, as well as an overall lifestyle, heavily affects your skin. This doesn’t go only for people suffering from acne, eczema, and other skin disorders. Too much salt is responsible for puffy eyes, as it retains water in your body. Sugar is the real bad guy of nutrition, and it’s the main culprit behind various outbreaks. Besides that, refined sugar has a bad impact on collagen and elastin, as it causes inflammation that produces enzymes which, in turn, damage these two proteins. In other words, if you have a sweet tooth, it’s more likely that your skin will be dry and sagging.

Good genes

It’s true that having good genes can largely contribute to a youthful look, but don’t take this for granted. Even if you are endowed with a beautiful, flawless skin, you still have to take external factors into consideration. Stress, direct sunshine, and bad eating habits are responsible for creating free radicals that are believed to be the most responsible factor for skin ageing. These tiny chemical particles are results of various inflammatory processes, and one of the best ways to fight them is to switch to a healthy lifestyle. A diet rich in antioxidants can help in neutralising these rogue skin cells, and prevent your skin from ageing.

As you can see, it’s possible to slow the ageing process and achieve a youthful appearance. Just make sure to follow only relevant and science-backed advice.

Nicole Noel

Nicole is a lifestyle blogger passionate about travel and healthy living.

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