Staying young: Why you shouldn't believe these common myths

Whether we pen this article in 2019 or in 2059 the rules are going to remain the same; staying young is fashionable, and is the thing that pretty much every human on earth craves.

Of course, it's never going to happen. As a planet, we have found several "hacks" to at least prolong the aging effects somewhat, and perhaps make people think twice about what your birth certificate says.

In and amongst all of these helpful tips are some purely inaccurate claims though. Through today's article, we will investigate some of these and debunk them once and for all.

It's all about your skin and hair

If you were to ask most people their perceptions about aging, they would probably point to their skin and hair as the two biggest factors that influence it.

As it turns out, there's a whole lot more. Take your teeth for example. As you start to age, your gums can start to recede and your teeth start to deteriorate. It means that you need to really stay on top of this area of your body, turning to advanced procedures like porcelain veneers whenever things do get to a level that requires such action.

Anti-aging products work instantly

Unfortunately, it doesn't quite work like this. While anti-aging products have a very good reputation, you certainly shouldn't approach them with the thought that you are going to roll back the years in the next few weeks.

As it turns out, the best way to use these products is with a long-term goal. If you start using them in your 20s, there will be a noticeable difference with your skin as you get older.

Sometimes you can start to see effects like better hydration after a few weeks - but the point we are trying to make is that you shouldn't strip out a product from your range because you're not seeing instant effects.

A tan is the easiest recipe to look younger

When we head off on vacation, it would be fair to say that we are all looking to return with a glorious tan. For those of us looking for that instant youth, it could be argued that this is an easy win. However, if you are truly looking to stay younger for the long-term, it's absolutely the worst thing.

The sun is one of the biggest offenders when it comes to our skin. If you are not armed with sunscreen each and every day, you'll soon find that your skin suffers and you will well and truly look the age that your birth certificate specifies.

It's all about your genes

There's no doubt that genetics will play a part in the aging process and if you happen to be part of a family that has traditionally aged very well, there's a higher chance that you are going to follow suit.

However, it's not the be-all and end-all. On the contrary, the aging process is related a lot to the environment that you live in. All of the issues that we have spoken about today can affect you, as can the amount of stress in your life. It means that you shouldn't cling onto genetics for good or bad reasons. They can help and hinder you - but your general lifestyle has much more of an impact.

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