Anti-Aging Myths-Busted!

anti aging myths busted

New York City, NY

Time has a funny way of making us realize that we’re constantly changing. Our skin changes, too, as we age. Even with these changes, many of us still are looking for soft, wrinkle-free, glowing skin. How are we supposed to know what product or trend is actually good, which ones could waste our time, and which ones could be harmful? Read on as Preminger Plastic Surgery explores some of the myths and facts of anti-aging products.

Sunscreen is not just for sunny days by the pool

Your skin pays the price if you decide to put up the sunscreen just because it’s cloudy outside or your phone says there’s a slight chance of showers. It might seem silly, but as little as 10 minutes of sun exposure a day adds up very quickly over the years and can cause significant sun damage on your skin. Sun exposure also can lead to premature skin aging.

Those ten minutes can come from anywhere. You could be walking around doing everyday errands while the kids are at school. Have you ever been out on a cloudy day and thought to yourself how nice it was outside? Well, that could lead to you gradually damaging your skin because clouds don’t prevent sun damage. Sunscreen is needed even on a cloudy day, and in the winter. Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., your skin is most susceptible to sun damage. Luckily, there are dozens of products on the market that contain sunscreen including lotions, face creams, and makeup. This means you have no excuses when it comes to preventing sun damage.

Tanning doesn’t make you look younger

Have you ever looked at a woman with a glowing tan and thought why can’t that be me? Here’s why you shouldn’t be envious. A ‘tan’ is actually the result of sun-damaged skin that is swelling to try and protect itself. When that initial glow disappears, your skin will be significantly drier, and much more likely to develop both blotchiness and wrinkling. You can achieve a beautiful, warm, sun-kissed look without exposing your skin to hours of potentially harmful UV rays. Consider having an all-natural spray tan to get the radiant look you want.

There are several ways to address wrinkles

“If you keep making a face like that, it will get stuck that way.” Do you remember hearing this as a kid? Well, some things aren’t entirely based on fiction. People who are less happy frown more and individuals who are concentrating often may furrow their brows. These habits may not be the sole cause of wrinkles, but they can increase the problem. Now for the good news… there are plenty of ways to fix these kinds of issues. Retinol products can be used to decrease the depth and severity of wrinkles. Be warned, though. Retinol products are not meant for everyday use. Retinol can cause skin irritation, and it becomes less effective with overuse, while also increasing your sensitivity to sun damage. A Botox treatment is also an option for people who have stubborn wrinkles. Not only will Botox injections from your Manhattan cosmetic surgeon get rid of your wrinkles, but also it can make you feel better about your looks, which will lead to you smiling more. Psychiatrists have suggested frowning less actually sends signals to your brain that you aren’t sad anymore.

Your plastic surgeon can help differentiate between myths and facts

Contact an experienced and highly trained cosmetic surgeon like Dr. B. Aviva Preminger to learn more about the skincare products best suited for your skin type. Dr. Preminger is an Ivy League-educated and board-certified plastic surgeon that can help with your skincare needs. At Preminger Plastic Surgery, we have several ways to reduce the effects of aging, ranging from skin care products available for purchase to chemical peels and cosmetic treatments. Ready to learn more? Call (212) 706-1900.

When it comes down to what’s a myth versus what’s a fact, Preminger Plastic Surgery is here to help you feel more comfortable in your skin if you are in the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City.