Myth #1: Expensive Products Work Better
More important than the price tag is the formula. It’s absolutely possible to find an uber-expensive product with fancy packaging working less powerfully than one you picked up at the drugstore for less than $10. Rather than assuming that a pricy serum will work wonders for you, scan the package for ingredients that have a track record of performing well on your skin. Keep an eye out for keywords like “non-comedogenic” if you have oily skin and “fragrance-free” if you’re sensitive. Keep in mind, however, that some products really are worth the splurge!
Myth #2: You Don’t Need Sunshine if it’s a Cloudy Day
This is such a common misconception. It seems logical to assume that if we can’t physically see or feel the sun on our skin, it must not be at work. The fact is the sun never takes a break—even when there’s cloud cover. The sun’s harmful UV rays are one of the biggest culprits of skin aging, so don’t let your skin go unprotected, or allow your daily SPF application to fall to the wayside, ever. Wear broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher every day, rain or shine, before heading outdoors.
Myth #3: Makeup with SPF is as Good as Sunscreen
Most moisturizers and BB creams don’t have a high enough SPF to be effective. They should have at least 30 SPF and even then, you may not be using enough of it to get the protection you need. Veer on the side of safety and apply sunscreen underneath your makeup application.
Myth #4: Only Your Genes Determine How You Age.
This is somewhat true, as genetics do play a role in how your skin ages. But—and this is a big “but” to consider—genetics aren’t the only factor in the equation. As we get older, collagen and elastin production slows down (typically in our late twenties or early thirties), as does our cell turnover rate, a process by which our skin produces new skin cells and then sheds off the surface of skin. Additional factors that can (prematurely) age skin include free radical damage from sun exposure, stress, and pollution, as well as poor lifestyle habits such as an unhealthy diet and smoking.
Myth #5: Wrinkles Are Caused by Smiling Too Much
This is not entirely false. Repeated facial movements—think: squinting, smiling, and frowning—can lead to fine lines and wrinkles. As our skin ages, it loses its ability to bump those grooves back into place and they can become permanent on our complexion. However, we don’t want you to stop smiling. Not only is being happy and less stressed beneficial for anti-aging purposes, it’s ridiculous to avoid laughing just to (maybe) stave off a few wrinkles.
Debunking these myths can be helpful to aid in your keeping your skin healthy. However, if you don’t believe in these myths, or even if you do, make sure to consult a physician about using Bellafill! Your one stop shop to giving your skin the look and feel it deserves!
So put on your sunscreen and a smile and go enjoy the day!