9 Anti-Aging Myths Most of Us Believe That Make No Sense

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You don’t have to be a doctor to inject Botox

Botox injections have become quite popular nowadays due to being a painless procedure with fast effects. But Botox is not without side effects if not injected properly and in the right amount. That’s why you can’t trust just anybody with it. “[Botox] truly is very safe when injected by experienced, board-certified dermatologists or plastic surgeons,” says Dr. Deanne Mraz Robinson, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Yale New Haven Hospital.

Dermatologist Whitney Bowe, MD, author of The Beauty of Dirty Skin: The Surprising Science of Looking and Feeling Radiant from the Inside Out, reiterates the same idea. “Trusting someone to inject a neurotoxin into your face and muscles is a big deal—it involves risks and side effects.” The best approach if you want the best results is to get your Botox injections (should you opt for that) from physicians, nurses, or other medical professionals with experience in this type of work.


Smiling too much can cause wrinkles

Laughter is the best medicine and can add years to your life. So, why is it that some people believe that smiling can add years to your face? According to Dr. Bowe, this misconception can’t get sillier than that.

“Absolutely smile, laugh, and enjoy your life,” she says. “Your skin is going to age as you age, whether you smile or not, but we have so many ways to proactively address premature aging and fine lines and wrinkles.”

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