Top 5 Myths about Skin Care

Let’s face it, very woman desires to keep beautiful, young looking skin for as long as she can. Unfortunately, there are many products on the market that are full of promises, but lack real results. Tara Smith, a board-certified nurse practitioner, discusses top 5 myths about skin care that include some of the new trends and fads that the companies are trying to promote.

In recent months there’s been a lot of buzz about some of the trendy new cosmetic products on the market. It seems like every woman who comes into the anti-aging center asks about a new treatment… Botox replacements, eyelash lengtheners, lip plumpers… and the list goes on. The ads for these products sound great. After all, who wouldn’t want Angelina Jolie-worthy lips in a matter of minutes? The problem is many of these claims are overstated. So let’s take a look at some of them.

1. Botox-in-a-Box. There are a whole slew of new facial creams that claim they can reduce wrinkles by inhibiting muscle contractions of the face… just like Botox. But these products don’t really contain Botox. Instead, they include ingredients that supposedly affect the nerve signals of the facial muscles.

The question is do they really work?

It’s pretty unlikely the FDA would approve something that affects the nerve response of your muscles for a mass market product. Plus, as far as I can tell, there have been no studies on the effectiveness of these ingredients.

2. Longer Eyelashes. Have you seen the commercial for that new eyelash lengthening product? It’s scary!

The warnings include growing hair in places other than the eyelash, risk of bacterial infection, darkening of the eyelid skin, and a change of eye color. And let’s not forget the itching, redness, and irritation.

As an alternative, many spas have natural eyelash dyes that can enhance your eyelash length without dangerous chemicals and side effects. These treatments are relatively inexpensive, and can last up to 4 weeks.

Or, you can go the old-fashioned route with lengthening mascara. Just make sure you don’t get the waterproof kind. It tends to pull out your lashes and can be hard to remove.

The best way to achieve and maintain a healthy, youthful looking skin is through a healthy lifestyle, including healthy diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, regular exercise and also getting plenty of rest and sleep. If you try to achieve those you will not need those Top 5 Myths about Skin Care.

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