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Common Ageing Myths DeBunked

Mark Kohout - Wednesday, June 18, 2014
shutterstock_156646709In a society that is obsessed with turning back the clock, it can be hard to decipher between fact and fiction. Here we’ll talk through some of the common myths around anti-ageing and outline the truth behind them. 1. Using too many products in your hair will cause hair loss While it might not look to good if you pile on the hair wax or gel, it won’t cause you to lose hair. This is because hair products don’t penetrate the scalp at a level that would mean they have any real effect on the hair follicle. 2. As you age you should engage in less intense exercise Many people reduce the intensity of their exercise as they age because they are concerned about injury. In actual fact, not exercising is more likely to cause long-term damage to the body than vigorous exercise, which is attributed to improved cardiovascular conditioning and maintaining a healthy weight. 3. Supplements slow down the ageing process Australians spend millions of dollars each year on supplements that are supposed to slow down the ageing process. The fact is, however, that research shows there is no real link between these vitamin tablets and achieving an improved state of health and wellbeing. Instead of taking supplements, take a look at your diet and make sure you are getting all of the nutrients you need through the food that you’re eating. 4. You don’t need sunscreen during the winter months It doesn’t matter where you are and what the weather is like, you need to always wear sunscreen outdoors. UV rays can be just as bad - if not worse - on cloudy days than on sunny days. We all know that sun exposure is one of the biggest contributors for premature ageing, so invest in a quality high protection sunscreen you can wear all year round. 5. If your skin is fairer, you will age faster This is a myth that’s been around for years now, but there is still no scientific proof that fairer skin ages at a faster rate. The only link that can be found is in the increased level of melanin in dark skin. Melanin helps protect your skin from sun damage, and because the darker your skin the more melanin you have, you can understand why many people have concluded that pale skin ages quicker than dark skin. Now you know the real facts about ageing there’s no excuse for not taking charge and treating your body like a temple to ensure your optimal health and fitness into old age.
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