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Last Updated: 04/11/2014 10:15 PST

6 Anti Aging Myths You Probably Still Believe

According to market research studies, the anti-aging product market will grow to more than $114 billion by 2015. With more baby boomers headed to retirement (and many who aren’t ready to “show their age”) anti-aging products are flying off the shelves. Consumers are indulging in anti-aging products more than ever; However, many people are unaware of what really causes aging and are unable to separate the truth from the myths. Here are six common anti-aging myths you probably believe.

Wrinkled skin is dependent solely on your genes – Your grandmother, mother, aunt and sister all have deep wrinkles, so you will too, right? Not so fast. While genetics do play a part in the condition and elasticity of your skin, it doesn’t tell the whole story. Environmental factors can also make a huge difference in the speed with which you get wrinkles in your skin.

Smoking and UV exposure can accelerate the onset of wrinkles, so cutting out cigarettes and using a SPF 30 sunscreen year-round will help you keep a youthful appearance. Moisturizing nightly can also improve the condition of your skin. Genetics might be a small factor, but you can fight back with personal grooming habits.

Botox injections are sometimes dangerous – Injecting deadly bacteria into your skin doesn’t sound like a ticket to the fountain of youth. Botox, derived from botulin (the bacteria that causes botulism), has its risks, but if you are referred to a well-established physician, it’s perfectly safe.

Botox can not only temporarily get rid of facial wrinkles for up to four months, but can be used for a variety of other medical conditions, from overactive bladder to migraine headaches. Botox works almost immediately, so there is no waiting for results like you would get with a cream.

All-natural or organic products work best – What could be more natural that “all-natural” products? This is a question consumers ask daily, and this myth has caused the organic market to boom. Your skin’s reaction to any type of product – natural or man-made – depends on your own allergic reaction and chemical makeup.

For instance, if you are allergic to vitamin E, this vitamin in your anti-aging product will cause your skin to become inflamed. Additionally, all natural products may not work as quickly, so if you’re looking for anti-aging in a hurry, a chemical based product might be best.

Laser treatments are the miracle cure for aging — Laser treatments are pitched as a way to get smoother skin, fewer age spots and lessened blood vessels. The machine, which gives off amplified light to a specific target (usually blood, melanin or water) can help with a variety of conditions in a safe way. However, there are limitations. Lasers can’t get rid of moles, rashes or skin cancer, and if you’re a 40 year old who wants to look 20 again, this might not be the treatment for you.

Liver spots equal a liver problem – As you age, brown spots pop up on your skin. These spots are known as “liver spots” and can make your skin look much older than it is. However, the name has more to do with the color than your liver.

Liver spots are no indication of what’s going on inside your body, and are actually caused by sun exposure. Remember to cover your skin with SPF 30 and, if possible, long sleeves and pants, and remember your ears, hands, chest and feet.

Daily exfoliation keeps your skin young – Exfoliating scrubs can do amazing things to your skin, but with some conditions. First, exfoliating scrubs aren’t good for certain types of skin. Sensitive skin, eczema or rosacea skin types can actually be over-exfoliated, leading to irritation. Second, it’s better to keep your exfoliation a few times a week instead of every day. Indulge in a high-quality scrub fewer times a week to increase the radiance of your skin.


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