There are many top aging skin myths dermatologists wish patients would stop believing. One popular myth is that expensive or luxury brands are better. The psychology of assuming something is of better quality just because it has a higher price tag is not necessarily true. Products have advantages or disadvantages based on ingredients and your skin’s reaction to those ingredients. Most topical creams are just that, topical, meaning they do not penetrate deeper layers of skin. Even facials do not usually provide significant change to the skin in relation to anti-aging regardless of the cost. On the other end of the spectrum, patients should not seek the fountain of youth in their kitchen cabinets. DIY treatments, or even organic products, are not necessarily effective anti-aging ingredients. Just because something is natural does not mean it is right for your skin. Poison ivy is natural, but you would not want to rub it all over your body. Another myth debunked is that it is best to use every product in a skin care line. While a combination of cleansers, toners, moisturizers and serums can provide balance to your skin, it can also cause redness and irritation especially if too many products begin to clog your pores.

The reality of aging skin is that it is best to seek the advice of a dermatologist for a customized treatment plan. At minimum, dermatologists recommend daily use of a sunscreen, a cleanser for your face along with full makeup removal (Vaseline is inexpensive makeup remover that also hydrates the skin) and a retinol product addition to your regimen.  

The best way to get your skin to glow is from the inside out. Changing your diet to “eat the rainbow” of colorful fruits and veggies as well as lean protein, eliminating dairy, reducing sugar intake, drinking lots of water to hydrate and detoxify the skin and maintaining a consistent fitness routine that will increase blood flow to improve circulation of oxygen and nutrients all while doing wonders for your skin. 

For more aging skin myths, realities, and remedies, schedule an appointment with THE CENTER for Advanced Dermatology to evaluate your skin. Call 602-867-7546 or book conveniently online at WEBSITE.