Common Old Wives Tales of Aging

Trying to stave off the signs of aging? You’re not alone. People have been trying to avoid aging for centuries, leading to an overwhelming collection of myths, misperceptions, and old wives tales. Is your anti-aging strategy based around mythical information? Look through these common old wives tales of aging to find out.


Stress Leads to Gray Hair

If you’ve ever looked at pictures of a US President before and after their term, you’ll notice a major difference: by the end, just about every one of them goes completely gray! This and other anecdotal evidence leads many people to believe that stress can cause gray hair, but there’s no evidence to back up this theory.

What stress can do, however, is lead to temporary hair loss. When the hair grows back, it often has less pigment than before, leading to more gray. So while stress doesn’t actually cause gray hair, it might help it come around more quickly. Stress also leads to other physical, emotional, and behavioral symptoms, which is why managing it is such an important part of maintaining your health and beauty.

Most Sun Damage Occurs Before Age 18

Have you ever heard that most sun damage occurs before you turn 18? That’s a flat out myth. Even if you have a bit of sun damage already, the sun will still impact your skin if you spend time in it unprotected. In fact, as you grow older you’re more likely to spend time outside playing golf, working in the gardening, or just enjoying retirement. As you grow older, it’s more important than ever to use sunscreen to keep your skin youthful and avoid skin cancer.

The More Anti-Aging Products, the Better

There’s a common belief that if a little bit of anti-aging skin care is good, then a lot of it must be even better. If you’re thinking about piling on the anti-aging products, though, it’s time to take a step back. Higher doses of the ingredients found in many anti-aging products provide diminishing returns, and you are more likely to experience skin irritation if you use more than the recommended amount. A little bit goes a long way, so there’s no need to overdo it. 

Expensive Anti-Aging Products Work Better

When you look at the price tag on high end anti-aging products, you have to assume that they are more effective than their less expensive alternatives. This isn’t always the case. Skin care products are made effective by their active ingredients. Expensive products may have a more beneficial formulation or concentration than less expensive products, or they may not.

Assuming that the only effective way to fight aging is to pay as much as possible is an easy way to lose money. Natural alternatives are accessible, affordable, and effective. Earth’s Daughter’s Aloe Vera Gel, for example, helps to reduce the signs of aging by repairing skin damage and helping to retain moisture. Use it to find that youthful glow without emptying your wallet or risking irritating side effects.

Almost everyone wants to look younger, which is why there are so many misconceptions and old wives tales that center on aging. Equip yourself with the facts to make informed decisions about your skin care.