myths of aging skinWhy have we become so afraid of our skin?  I see a lot of clients in their 50s and older, and every time a client comments about their aging skin, a look of horror comes over her face.

There are a lot of myths out there about aging skin that need to be debunked. ¬†I hear them every day from clients who care about their skin. ¬†So let’s get it right, because with the right knowledge, your skin–so unique to you–can be your oldest friend.

Myth 1. Skin needs multiple products and a rigid day and night routine

Wrong. You don’t need multiple products to treat aging skin–you just the right quality ingredients. You can change the appearance of your skin with one product as long as it contains the right stuff. ¬†Make sure you pick a product that has the¬†most beneficial ingredients to aging skin: ¬†vitamin A, vitamin C and peptides. If your nighttime moisturizer or serum has these as their key ingredients–you are on the right track, and if your product has¬†Alpha hydroxys and glycolics even better–these are great to soften skin and lighten pigmentation.

To simplify your routine be sure to be using these ingredients at night. Your skin absorbs products better at night while sleeping. In the morning simply cleanse and apply sunscreen or tinted moisturizer for protection.

Myth 2. After a certain age you shouldn’t wear powdered makeup

Many clients come in with the idea that they should steer clear of powdered cosmetics. This isn’t true. ¬†Liquid makeup can often settle in the pores and creases making the appearance dull and tired. ¬† The best makeup for aging skin is makeup with minerals. The natural minerals really work with the oils of the skin to create a soft, youthful look. If you are using loose powder, add a little to your daily moisturizer for a little bit of added coverage.

Myth 3. Aging skin shouldn’t break out

With hormones changing and escalated daily stress, we all know in our heart of hearts this isn’t true, but we want to believe it. ¬†Wrinkles and ¬†pimples? ¬†It doesn’t seem fair. But our skin is often the¬†best indicator of what’s going on internally. If we are stressed, it’s going to show on the skin whether it pops up as a breakout or in some other way. We often refer to teenage breakouts as a result of changing hormones. Aging skin is the same–the body is changing so it also shows on the skin. Sorry. ¬†

Myth 4. Products need to be expensive to work 

So not true. ¬†Many of my clients judge a product by the cost, but great products don’t have to break the bank. As a consumer, look at the packaging of your product and be sure that’s not what your money is going towards. If a product is being mass produced it usually has a long shelf life, which also means it may contain preservatives. Stick to products with a shorter shelf life to guarantee a higher quality product. Your product shouldn’t withstand the test of time. ¬†It should expire within six months to a year.

Myth 5 . Mineral oil will make the skin break out

Mineral oil has received a bad rap over the years. It has been said that mineral oil can cause the skin to break out. This isn’t true… as long as you are using a high quality mineral oil. The lower the quality, ¬†the lower the benefit, the greater risk of break out. Using a high quality mineral oil on your skin daily can really help to maintain the lipids in the skin. Mineral oil also works well with your cleanser to break up any dead skin cells that are trapped in the pores.


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