How many of you have been the recipient of a few well-meaning age-defying tips and tricks passed down from your mothers, aunts, or grandmothers? I know I have, and have continued to hear them elsewhere, floating around in the blogosphere or in conversations with friends. It seems that due to the general information overload (marketing materials and ads from beauty companies, healthcare and antiaging books and articles, and just try googling “antiaging tricks” and see what comes up), there is a lot of misunderstanding and misinformation about what actually causes our skin to age and how we can delay its effects.
I scoured the internet for the most common anti-aging myths and sat down with Tata to debunk them: are they True or False, and why? Here goes…
1. I haven’t been using sunscreen for years, so why start now? It’s too late. It is definitely not too late. Many adults who spent their youthful years basking on beaches and springtime skiing just shrug their shoulders as the idea of SPF – why bother? Tata says, definitely bother. Every day our skin faces an onslaught of UV rays that continue to do damage by breaking down collagen fibers, causing wrinkles and spots. Every little bit of SPF helps!
2. An Egg White Facial will keep my skin firmer. Egg white facials are popular DIY antiaging treatments, but really their effects and benefits are very temporary. The protein in the egg white dries on your skin as water evaporates and tightens, temporarily tightening pores in the process, but as soon as you wash it off, the effect is gone. It does not penetrate the skin like other masks do, and does not have any real significant angiaging benefit.
3. Sleeping on my back will prevent facial wrinkles. Believe it or not, this one is partially TRUE! Sleeping on your side every night over time can contribute to wrinkles thanks to our friend gravity. If you are really gung-ho about avoiding wrinkles, then getting used to sleeping on your back may help prevent some facial wrinkles over time, but it is by no means a wrinkle cure.
4. Facial scrubs remove wrinkles. Facial scrubs do not remove wrinkles; they exfoliate, increase cell turnover and regeneration, and remove the top layer of dead skin cells. They keep our skin soft, fresh and radiant, and are an essential part of a thorough skincare routine, but they do not penetrate the deep layers of the dermis where wrinkles form. So no matter how hard you scrub, your wrinkles cannot be rubbed away – though definitely keep up the gentle exfoliating treatments at least once a week, since scrubs are a key part of a holistic age-defying routine.
5. Dry skin causes wrinkles. Dry skin does not cause wrinkles. While dry skin increases the appearance of the wrinkles and fine lines that already exist in your skin, dehydrated skin does not collapse to form wrinkles; UV rays and free radicals are, on the other hand, two definite culprits of collagen collapse. However, moisturizing with humectants and natural skin hydrators like natural Hyaluronic Acid (a key player in our Rejuvenating Serum and Hydrating Floral Essence) helps to fully moisturize the skin. Long story short: moisturizing and hydrating keeps skin looking fresh, bouncy and youthful over time, but does not directly prevent wrinkles.
6. Tapping under my chin will prevent the under-chin turkey waddle from forming. This is an old-school rumor that is definitely a myth. While many a granny may have passed this tidbit of wisdom down to her daughters, in fact our muscles lose tone with age and that’s something that can’t be avoided.
What antiaging tips or tricks have you received over the years – or do you practice on the reg? We’re curious – share below!
Author: Tata Harper Team
The team at Tata Harper Skincare is passionate about promoting a modern, health-conscious natural beauty lifestyle that’s committed to safety, honesty and sustainability.