Think you’re doing all you can to keep wrinkles at bay? Think again. Wrinkle myths abound, and your anti-aging regimen may be in need of a serious reboot.

Myth No. 1: Every Wrinkle Tells A Story.

Yes, every wrinkle does tell a story, but not the kind of story you are thinking about. They don’t regale others with your tales of adventure and bravado. Wrinkles just let people know that you have spent way too much time in the sun.

Myth No. 2: If Your Mom Got Wrinkles Early, You’re Doomed.

Not true. Genes are only part of this equation, and not as big of one as we thought.  Today we know so much more about premature skin aging – and the biggest culprits — sun exposure and environmental factors — are largely in your control. Wearing sunscreen with an SPF30 that blocks both UVA and UVB rays is the best way to make sure your skin stays wrinkle free as you age.

Myth No. 3: Drinking More Water Means Fewer Wrinkles

Drink water to stay hydrated, but it won’t prevent wrinkles.  If you are dehydrated, your skin appears sallow. Drinking more water will make you look brighter and feel better. Dehydration can cause headaches, dizziness and fatigue. But as far as wrinkles go, H2O is no panacea.  There is no one-size-fits-all formula for how much water you need each day. It varies based on age, activity level and other factors. The Institute of Medicine determined that women need about 9 cups (2.2 liters) – men need 13 cups.  Caffeinated beverages and alcohol don’t count as they tend to leave you even more dehydrated.

Myth No. 4: Moisturizer Negates Need for Injectables

Regular use of a moisturizer can hydrate skin and plump-up fine lines, but it won’t erase wrinkles alone without help from injectables. Daily moisturizers may include a blend of growth factors, collagen, antioxidants, hyaluronic acid and peptides that help replenish the skin’s natural supplies of these nutrients, plus a healthy dose of SPF. Hyaluronic acid is the same compound that is used in the most popular soft tissue fillers like Restylane®, Juvederm® and Belotero®. In truth, the only FDA-approved topical treatment for wrinkles is retinoic acid.

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