We asked a cosmetic dermatologist Michele Green, MD, to name the myths about wrinkles she hears day in and day out – and wants to go to bed for good.
Myth 1: If there are clouds in the sky, no sunscreen is needed to repel UV rays and protect against wrinkles
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: No matter the weather, season, or time you spend outdoors, applying (at least) a single coat of SPF is absolutely paramount, especially if your goal is to avoid the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. Indeed, according to Dr. Green, prolonged exposure to UV rays from the sun (even through a desk window or, yes, on a cloudy day) can lead to signs of aging beyond wrinkles, including spots. solar cells and the development of skin cancer.
That’s all to say that if you don’t have an SPF of 30 or higher in your skincare routine yet, now is the time. We like Tatcha Silky Pore Perfecting Sunscreen SPF 35 ($ 65). But remember, your face isn’t the only area of your body prone to sun damage and wrinkles – your hands are too. To protect them from premature aging, be sure to coat them with an SPF hand cream, such as Supergoop! SPF 40 hand screen ($ 38).
For more tips on choosing the best sunscreen for your skin, watch the video below:
Myth 2. Oily skin is a natural protector against wrinkles
Tl; dr: Just because you have oily skin doesn’t mean it won’t wrinkle. Dr Green says that while collagen is responsible for keeping your skin supple, taut and firm, and that “it may be true that those with higher levels of testosterone generally have oilier and thicker skin, the amount of The oil produced is unrelated to the production of collagen in the skin. “
With that in mind, she says creating an oil-balancing skin care routine is the best way to effectively (and proactively) address premature aging issues.
Myth 3. Once you start to have wrinkles, there is no turning back
If you think that because you already have wrinkles, it’s too late to proactively work to prevent them, think again.
“There are many ways to rejuvenate the skin while minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles,” reassures Dr. Green. “A myriad of procedures and products, such as Thermage, Fraxel laser, microneedling, can help keep skin smooth, youthful, and glowing.”
Myth 4. It’s Too Early For Botox Injections To Treat Wrinkles
On the other end of the spectrum, Dr Green says it’s never too early to start thinking about how to prevent wrinkles from forming.
“Botox injections can be used as a preventative measure,” she says. “We can basically ‘freeze’ an area before fine lines and wrinkles start to form by using small amounts of Botox aka ‘Baby Botox’.” When Botox is used in small amounts as a preventative measure, Dr. Green says you’ll be able to drastically prevent unwanted crow’s feet and 11 lines.
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