Myth: Luxury brands are better
Milles Studio/shutterstock Truth: There are certainly beauty products worth splurging on, but price does not always mean quality. Just as you try to shop organic and invest in timeless bags or suits that go the distance, you may think high-end beauty products are a better investment than drugstore alternatives. But dermatologic surgeon at Manhattan Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Dendy Engelman, MD, begs to differ, explaining that a hefty price tag doesn’t ensure a product will be more effective, or that it even has different ingredients than what you could find in drugstore equivalents. “There are some great drugstore products that can produce good results, and purchasing the cheaper (yet equally effective) products can really cut costs in the long term,” she says. “The best way to choose a skin-care product is to look at the type and concentration of ingredients first and the manufacturer second.” Check out the secrets the beauty industry doesn’t want you to know.
Myth: Anti-aging products work immediately
goodluz/shutterstock Truth: If you apply under-eye cream and a retinol formula moisturizer before bedtime, and you hope to see those wrinkles disappear by morning, you might be in for a different kind of wake-up call. Instant gratification is a pipe dream we all harbor, but Dr. Engelman reminds us that patience is the key to success with growing older. This is especially true when you’re trying an anti-aging product for the first time or switching over to a new formula. “All skin-care products take 4 to 8 weeks to really induce measurable skin changes,” she explains. One smart way to see if a product is impacting your specific enzymes is to take a bare-faced selfie in natural light once a week over two months, so you can see what’s transformed over time. Here’s what you should eat to improve your skin quality.