Many women can’t shake their popular—but patently false—beliefs about skin. We reveal the truth.
By Cara Litke
Feed a fever, starve a cold—or is it the other way around? The more anti-aging products you pile on, the better—or is it the opposite? Just as myths about curing the common cold proliferate, so does lore about aging skin. “The science is constantly evolving, so it is almost impossible to keep the facts straight,” says dermatologist Doris J. Day, clinical assistant professor of dermatology at New York City Medical Center. Making matters more confusing, many women follow the misguided advice of their mothers, friends, and facialists who aren’t up to speed. As dermatologist Heidi A. Waldorf, associate clinical professor at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, says, “The only way to make positive changes in your skin is to educate yourself about what works and what doesn’t.”