Even though aging is a natural part of life, there is no shortage of myths and misconceptions about the aging process. In fact, it is incredibly common to be confused about how aging works; even doctors and scientists don’t know everything there is to know about aging yet.
Common Aging Myths
Of course, there is a lot we do know, and there are also many effective treatments available to address the most common signs of aging. When it comes to this popular topic, we are here to help you to separate fact from fiction so you can look your best at any age.
Your Genes Are to Blame
Have you ever looked at someone who is aging beautifully and thought, “she just has great genes?” While winning the genetic lottery can help you age more gracefully, that is not the only factor at play. And relying on your genes alone may leave you looking older sooner.
Other environmental causes can contribute to common signs of aging. But don’t worry, this is actually great news! This means you can take action. Here are some common culprits and what you can do to minimize the damage:
- Sun damage: Wear sunscreen daily. UV damage is a leading cause of wrinkles and age spots.
- Hydration: staying hydrated is important for your skin’s ability to repair itself. Adequate water intake also means plumper skin, which can reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
- Diet: An unhealthy diet full of processed foods and sugar can contribute to aging. Focus on balancing your diet with whole, nutrient-dense foods, healthy fats, and lean proteins.
- Smoking: Tobacco use can seriously impact aging. You already know smoking is bad for your health, so quit ASAP.
Anti-Aging Serums Boost Collagen
Collagen is the structural protein that keeps your skin youthful. Unfortunately, topical application of collagen alone doesn’t do a lot to reduce the signs of aging. Serums and creams just deposit collagen on the skin. However, it cannot be sufficiently absorbed into the skin and does not stimulate collagen production.
Fortunately, there are treatments that can induce your body to produce more of its own collagen. Depending on the level of collagen loss and your personal goals, you can choose from multiple treatments such as microneedling, Ultherapy, and laser genesis.
You Can’t Lose Fat When You Get Older
As we age, our metabolism slows down, and it can become more difficult to lose fat and build muscle. But that doesn’t mean it is impossible! The healthy diet we talked about earlier does more than keep your skin looking youthful. It is the most important factor in fat loss. In addition, exercises such as weightlifting and interval training keep muscle loss at bay and help burn fat.
If you still find it difficult to lose stubborn fat, you can get a little help with fat reduction treatments such as CoolSculpting. This high-tech procedure freezes away fat from trouble areas without the need for surgery.
You Need to Wait to Get Botox
It’s no secret that Botox is an effective and popular wrinkle treatment. What you might not know is that Botox is extremely good at preventing wrinkles and lines. Botox relaxes muscles in the face to diminish the repetitive movements and facial expressions that lead to wrinkles over time. More and more people are taking advantage of this protective benefit of Botox by opting to start treatment in their 20s and 30s.
Wrinkles Are the Only Thing You Need to Worry About
Fine lines and wrinkles may be the first thing you think about when you think of aging, but they are not the only sign. In fact, they might not even be the first sign of aging, especially in the face. Lost volume is actually a major factor when it comes to looking older. In addition to a sunken appearance, volume loss contributes to both wrinkles and sagging skin.
This is where dermal fillers come in. Biocompatible compounds such as hyaluronic acid can be injected into areas that have lost volume to plump skin, smooth wrinkles, and create a lifted appearance.
Your Anti-Aging Plan
You need an experienced professional to help sort through the myths and provide effective treatment recommendations. Don’t worry; we’ve got you! If you want a custom anti-aging plan that really works, schedule a consultation today.