“Don’t smile too much to avoid wrinkles on your face.” Have you ever heard of that? Some celebrities revealed it’s their secret or trick to avoid getting wrinkles. It’s easy to fall for that advice since most celebrities have smooth, young-looking & wrinkle-free skin. But flash news: smiling or any facial movement isn’t fully to blame for wrinkles. 

In line with that, here are more myths about wrinkles that we need to debunk: 

Myth #1: You inherit wrinkles. 

You may have inherited your face or eyes, but not your wrinkles. Many other factors than age & genetics are at play when it comes to wrinkles. Fine lines, wrinkles and other visible skin changes can be a result of sun damage or smoking. Plus, the age at which you start developing wrinkles isn’t completely dependent on genetics. You can slow down the process with top-quality anti-ageing skincare products. Quitting smoking, leading a healthy lifestyle & wearing sunscreen daily help, too. 

Myth #2: All anti-ageing products are expensive. 

Since wrinkles are inevitable, many skincare companies have formulated products to slow down your skin’s natural ageing process and keep it smooth & wrinkle-free. Sure, some of these products come with a high price tag. But not all anti-ageing products break the bank. You don’t have to apply tons of anti-wrinkle creams to keep your skin supple—you just need to find the products that best suit your skin.

Myth #3: You can’t reverse wrinkles.

Once you start getting wrinkles, you can’t magically erase the lines by drinking lots of water, putting on too many moisturisers or following the celebrities’ anti-wrinkle tricks. However, some products and procedures can greatly enhance the appearance of wrinkles on your face. You can still achieve softer, smoother & healthier skin with a good and consistent skincare regimen.

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Myth #4: There’s one perfect anti-ageing skincare routine.

You may be tempted to ask your mother or an older colleague about the perfect anti-ageing skincare regimen, but here’s the thing: there’s no single perfect routine. Your skin is different from their skin, so what works for them may not work for you. Plus, finding the best anti-ageing skincare routine for you involves a lot of trial and error. 

Here are some tips to help you find the most suitable anti-ageing skincare routine:

  • Start with one product—an anti-wrinkle cream or serum. Allow your skin to adapt to it before using more products. Switch to another product if it doesn’t suit you, but don’t use multiple products at once, as it can irritate your skin.
  • Give a new skincare routine time to work. Most anti-ageing products may take at least six weeks to work, while others may take up to three months. 
  • Choose skincare products with medical-grade ingredients, like retinol, peptides and other antioxidants that help nourish your skin. 

Myth #5: You only need sunscreen when it’s sunny.

As mentioned, harmful UV rays are one of the top causes of wrinkles. So it’s common advice to wear sunscreen to avoid wrinkles and fine lines on your face. But many people think they only have to wear sunscreen when it’s sunny—and that’s a myth. 

The truth is it’s essential to apply sunscreen even when the clouds are out. Harmful UV rays can still penetrate cloud cover and reach your skin even on overcast days. And with nourishing properties, most sunscreens boost your skin’s natural repair process. The newest sunscreens can further shield your skin against blue light and pollution, which are also significant factors in skin ageing. 

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Want to get the most out of your sunscreen? Make sure to use a broad-spectrum kind with an SPF of 30 or higher. It also helps if the sunscreen contains antioxidants and ingredients that protect you from pollution and other skin-damaging elements.