There are a lot of opinions about wrinkles out there. Some say oily skin makes way for wrinkle-free skin in the long run, while others have a variety of other concerns regarding what will cause you to get wrinkles to begin with. As a society, we try to keep our ears open as much as possible to ensure we don’t fall privy to being the wrinkle king or queen, but with so many ideas circulating, it can be hard to keep up. It’s time to bust the myths regarding wrinkles, so you can get back to focusing on what really matters!
- If you don’t smile, then you won’t get wrinkles.
“Theoretically this is true,” says New York City board-certified dermatologist Michele Green, MD. In fact, all of the expressions from smiling to frowning, can break down your collagen. “But what’s the trade off? You’re not going to smile?” Green asks. Expressing yourself with smiling, frowning, crying, smirking, etc. is a natural part of life and shouldn’t be forgotten for the sake of living a wrinkle-free life.
2. Drinking eight glasses of water a day will keep wrinkles at bay.
“It’s true that people who are dehydrated have dry skin and look more aged, but this is not causing permanent wrinkles,” explains Edwin Williams, MD, medical director and founder of Williams Facial Plastic Surgery Specialists.
3. Expensive anti-aging products prevent wrinkles.
It’s not the price that matters, it’s the moisture in your skin. “One thing that significantly improves wrinkles is a good moisturizer,” Williams notes. “Pick something that works with your skin type and has an SPF.”
4. You’ll avoid getting wrinkles if you stay inside.
The truth is, even when you’re inside, you can still be exposed to the sun. Although “burning” UVB rays don’t penetrate glass, “aging” UVA ones sure do, Williams explains. “That’s why carpets and drapes bleach out.”
5. If your mom didn’t get wrinkles, then you’re in the clear.
Though genetics play a big factor when it comes to wrinkles, it’s also a combination of environment as well, including sun, cigarette smoking and drinking alcohol.”All the things that are bad for you are bad for your skin,” Williams says. So be mindful of your daily habit, especially if wrinkles are a big concern of yours.
What other wrinkle myths have you heard?