With all the anti-aging treatments on the market, figuring out which ones to use—not to mention which ones actually work—can feel like a daunting task. Will anti-wrinkle creams really minimize those little lines under eyes? Do skin-boosting serums really solve the problem of a sagging jawline? Skin care expert Florence Benech, French pharmacist and L’Oréal Cosmetic active director for skin care development, puts things in perspective by clearing up common misconceptions about skin aging.
“Anti-wrinkle” and “anti-aging” creams are basically the same. False.
Anti-wrinkle creams are only designed to treat wrinkles, while anti-aging treatments target all skin aging concerns like loss of firmness, dark spots, a sagging jawline, and dull complexion.
Moisturizers are vital to treat the signs of aging. True.
Healthy-looking skin is hydrated skin. Lack of moisture may show in the form of under-eye wrinkles and expression lines. Consistent hydration when combined with SPF and antioxidants can protect your skin from UV rays and free radicals—two leading culprits of aging skin.
Anti-aging treatments are the same for every woman. False.
Every woman’s genetic makeup, lifestyle, and environment are different, which makes aging an entirely individual process. It’s important to choose the most suitable product for your skin at every stage of your life.
Serums are more effective than anti-aging creams. True and false.
Typically, serums have a higher concentration of active ingredients than creams, plus their fluid, lightweight texture makes it easier for your skin to absorb the active ingredients. But don’t discount your day and night creams! Rather, use both: Start with the serum, then apply your anti-aging cream, for added moisturizing benefits.
Anti-aging creams can also be used for the eye and lip contour areas. True and false.
It all depends on the formulas in your product. Some formulas with ingredients such as rhamnose are great for these fragile areas, while retinol can cause irritation for some skin types. Instead of using your face cream, look for targeted eye and lip contour treatments that are specially developed with formulas that respect the needs of these delicate areas.
You only need to use one anti-aging treatment for day and night. False.
By day, your skin needs to protect itself from environmental aggressors—so don’t skip out on things like antioxidants and SPF!—but, by night, it is important to give your skin the support it needs to repair and renew itself overnight. Make sure to look for products that work with your skin’s sleep cycle.