With the goal of helping our client achieve healthy, radiant and younger looking skin, we are constantly in search of the latest anti-aging hacks and products that will work for your skin. But how many of these do dermatologists agree on? Here are some of the top anti-aging myths to understand in order to achieve a youthful complexion without overspending.
The Higher the Price, the Better the Skincare
Have you ever been tempted into buying designer/commercial/luxurious anti-aging products from big name labels? Renowned dermatologists tell us when used in the right way, mid-range moisturizers with clinically proven ingredients can give you much more bang for the buck than expensive products. Before you go all in for a skin care regimen costing hundreds of dollars after watching an advertisement, it’s smarter to be educated about the ingredients that can actually benefit your skin so that you are able to choose wisely.
There’s a Fixed Holy Grail for Every Skin Type
There’s NO “one-size-fits-all” skin care regimen that makes every face look absolutely flawless. Even Ancient Ayurveda prescribes the 3-Dosha Skincare system to fix different types of problems for different skin types. For Oily Skin with Enlarged Pores, you need Kapha Skincare, for Sensitive/Blemished/Rosacea Skin, Pitta Skincare is your best Go To, and for Dry/Normal Skin you need Vata Skincare.
Facial Exercises Can Avert Wrinkles
Facial exercises are a popular myth and very popular on the internet. However, real experts tell us that the more you activate your expressions, thus triggering the facial muscles, the more you’re actually MORE prone to sagging jowls, fine lines and crow’s feet. Enjoy life and your natural, beautiful smile – just don’t overdo it! Being happy is one of the best anti-aging therapies in itself.
On another note, we truly recommend you doing regular physical activity like Yoga, Aerobics or Weight training (or any combination of the above) as this helps flush out toxins and improve blood circulation. Exercise brings nourishment to dermal cells and helps anti-aging products work more effectively, which in short order helps you transition into a beautiful, younger looking, more radiant face.
Retinol is the Best Anti-Aging Skincare Ingredient
Retinols are a popular anti-aging ingredient approved by modern science to encourage cellular turnover, stimulate collagen and give skin a more youthful glow. However, retinoids are actually a huge family of compounds derived from Vitamin A and not all of these over-the-counter forms of retinoids are good for the skin. Retinoids that are low in quality or used in higher concentrations can cause undesirable effects like dryness, peeling or cracking of skin, redness and tightness. And even ‘good’ retinoids are often unsuitable for sensitive skin types
Instead, using Natural Forms of Vitamin A in anti-aging products, such as Pro Vitamin A Carotenoids or Beta Carotene gives you the same great results without being toxic and irritating. Natural Vitamin A in the form of Anti-Aging Serum protects cells from free radical damage and promotes faster cellular turnover.
New Treatment, Better Treatment!
How many of you remember Kim Kardashian famously regretting doing a Vampire Facial? We all know that an article on the internet about the ‘latest and/or greatest New Treatment’ or perhaps a reference from your best friend can tempt us into thinking “this just might work!” But not all treatments provide positive results (especially methods that have just been newly launched or are still under trial). At such times, you can actually rely on Ayurvedic, Natural & Organic Skincare that have been and proven over centuries to give you flawless skin without side effects. Natural Peptides are also a safe and proven modern anti-aging breakthrough that smooth, repair, and hydrate skin, providing an average 60% reduction in wrinkles and fine lines in less than 60 days. Remember that all-natural anti-aging skin care methods require at least a few weeks to produce serious, measurable (but, long-term) results.
Skin Color Matters
Skin is skin, no matter what the color is. Difference in melanin concentration does not affect the type of anti-aging ingredient the skin requires. It’s much like our diet, where any human being requires a nutritious diet loaded with vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates and protein in order to stay healthy. Also, the pre-conceived notion that dark skin remains unaffected from sun, isn’t true. It’s just that serious skin concerns may take a little longer time to show up. Regardless of dark or light skin, each one of us needs sun protection with a high quality broad spectrum Mineral Organic Sunscreen to stay protected from harmful UVA and UVB and UVC rays which can lead to sunburn, tanning, photoaging and even skin cancer.
Anti-Aging Products are for Older People
The sooner you begin an anti-aging skin care regimen, the better you prevent the formation of fine lines, wrinkles, uneven pigmentation and other signs of aging. There is zero evidence that your skin might get immune to anti-aging ingredients and might not work when you really need them. Instead, antioxidant-rich ingredients in anti-aging products are vital for the skin and getting a head start ensures that can stay ahead of the curve, even though you will still require them more intensely when your collagen levels drop after your 30s.
Products Labelled with SPFs Gives All-time Protection from the Sun
As we all know, sunscreen is a vital part of any anti-aging skincare regimen and when it comes to choosing sunscreens there are certainly many pre-conceived myths. Layering several products with SPFs doesn’t mean better protection. If you use two products with SPF 15 and SPF 20, doesn’t add up to SPF 35. A mineral-based Organic Sunscreen with SPF 30+ blocks about 97% of harmful UV rays. Reapplication is a must every 2-3 hours as sweat, dirt and oil can wear it off any time. Here are some additional facts debunked about SPF Ratings on Sunscreens and how to choose the best sunscreen for your skin type.
Use All Products from a Skincare Line for Better Results
For anti-aging products, a minimalistic skincare routine is what we always recommend. Every skin has unique requirements and it’s not necessary to use a multitude of differing products. There are five steps critical to any serious skin care regimen and those are: Cleansing, Hydrating, Serum Treatments, Eye Treatments and Sunscreen. Exfoliation should be done on a weekly basis. Using combinations of many types of anti-aging products can actually worsen your condition and can cause redness and irritation. Give your skin the chance to adapt to a new skin care regimen, and learn the formula that best works for your skin type. For any questions, refer to our Dosha Quiz or ask our experts.