Medically reviewed by Aimee Paik, MD
Written by Annie Lam
Last updated 4/1/2022
When shopping at drugstores or beauty retailers, you'll find a plethora of anti aging products. There are so many skin care products out there claiming to be the magic potion for aging skin, but what's the truth about anti aging skin care? Our chief medical officer Dr. Aimee Paik is debunking some popular anti aging myths.
Let's first talk about the term "anti aging." This is a term that's commonly used in the industry, so we'll use it for simplicity's sake in this post, but there is no true anti aging ingredient or anti aging treatment that will completely take away or stop signs of aging.
Aging is a very normal part of life and is something that we all go through. While many people want plump, youthful skin forever, it's important to remember that signs of aging are normal! Let's focus on taking care of our skin and keeping it healthy so you can feel your best for years to come. 💛
Now that we've talked about what "anti aging" is, let's debunk some popular skin care myths:
A lot of people believe that expensive skin care products are better, but this is definitely an anti aging myth. According to Dr. Paik, "Fancy, expensive moisturizers and cleansers do not work better than more affordable brands."
There's no need to break the bank when building an anti aging skincare routine! A prescription-strength retinoid can help effectively treat aging-related skin concerns. Here's Dr. Paik's advice for building an anti aging routine: "Choosing a simple, non-irritating moisturizer, cleanser and sunscreen is key, especially if you are using more powerful prescription skincare products."
Another common myth is that you don't need to think about your skin health until you start seeing your first wrinkle. "The best time to start a good “anti aging” skincare routine is as soon as you decide this is important to you," says Dr. Paik.
"Sun protection strategies make a huge difference in preventing skin aging, starting as early as in childhood. Retinoids also play an important role and have a preventive effect against fine lines and wrinkles by promoting healthy collagen growth."
If you want to "slow" the aging process and keep your skin healthy, we recommend starting with daily sun protection and talk to a derm when you're ready to incorporate retinoids into your skincare routine.
Many people ask if they can stop using their "anti aging product" once they start seeing results. While it's great to see progress with your routine, "sun exposure is relentless and will continue to cause photoaging," says Dr. Paik.
"While the sun produces the majority of skin aging, the skin will also age intrinsically. A good anti aging skincare routine that includes sun protection and retinoids promotes healthy skin and should be used indefinitely."
Another common myth is that fine lines and wrinkles are the only sign of aging. However, you may notice your skin aging with other skin concerns! Dr. Paik shares that "dark spots and a dull appearance to the skin are also signs of aging caused by the sun."
Remember to try to minimize sun exposure by wearing protective hats and clothing and staying in the shade. Daily SPF is a crucial part of a preventative healthy skin routine.
The last myth we'll talk about is if you can fully treat signs of aging with skincare. No matter your skin type or the type of skin care product you use, there's no way to completely prevent signs of aging.
"Your skin will change over time. An infant’s skin is inherently different from someone in their 90s," Dr. Paik explains. "My philosophy is to embrace the changes and wisdom that come with aging, which also include the fine lines that I am starting to see on my own face now that I’m in my 40s, despite a good anti aging skin care routine since I was 16. I’m just going to darn well prevent the ones I can."
There are lots of anti aging creams out there, but the best preventative skincare product is sunscreen! Using sunscreen every day is a crucial part of protecting your skin against uv rays, skin cancer, premature aging, and sun damage. Remember to look for broad-spectrum sunscreen to ensure you're getting protection from UVA rays and UVB rays. Looking for the perfect derm-approved SPF for your skin care routine? Get 'Screen!
Besides sunscreen, using science-backed ingredients like tretinoin can help treat signs of aging! Tretinoin is a vitamin a derivative that helps to improve collagen production and resurface the skin. Tretinoin is a great multi-purpose treatment that can be used indefinitely (outside of pregnancy) to help maintain healthy skin.
Overall, aging is a very normal part of life. We know it's easy to fixate on the things we’d like to change about our skin, but we encourage you to embrace your skin's changes and focus on taking care of it to maintain healthy skin. 💛
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