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Dr. Oz's Latest Anti-Aging Myths and Truths

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On a recent episode of The Dr. Oz Show, Dr. Oz reveals to viewers what they need to know to prevent themselves from wasting their money on anti-aging techniques and methods that are really more myth than truth. However, more importantly, not only do some anti-aging myths waste your money, but can actually cause additional damage to your skin.

Listed below are Dr. Oz’s latest tips on anti-aging myths and truths as he takes viewers on a search for the fountain of truth:

No. 1: Moisturizing keeps wrinkles away—myth or truth?

“It’s a myth,” says Dr. Oz. “Moisturizing is great for fighting dry skin…but the question is, can it go deep enough to have an impact on wrinkles?”

Dr. Oz explains that as we age, the elastin and collagen scaffolding that gives support to the skin actually degrades over time and thereby is no longer able to hold the overlying skin taut. The result then is wrinkling of the skin. He points out that moisturizers typically do not penetrate through the skin to provide any benefit for the collagen and elastin beneath.

One truth about wrinkle fighting, however, is that one of the best ways to fight wrinkles is through prevention. He explains that too much sun exposure is a big source of wrinkled skin.

No. 2: Your lips thin as you age—myth or truth?

“It’s true,” says Dr. Oz. “And no matter what you do they will still thin as you get older—especially if your mother and your grandmother have thin lips.”

Dr. Oz explains that like skin, the lips are stuffed with collagen and that as you age you will lose some of the collagen in your lips that will then make then appear less full than they used to.

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One tip Dr. Oz offers for slowing down the natural aging process that leads to thin lips is to apply a sunblock for lips to prevent rapid aging of the lip’s collagen and elastin that gives lips their shape.

No. 3: Sleeping braless gives you sagging breasts—myth or truth?

“It’s a myth,” says Dr. Oz. “

Dr. Oz explains that female breasts are held in place by ligaments that act similar to suspension cables that hold the breasts up high on the chest. However, as a woman ages, those ligaments begin to stretch and become thinner as the weight of the breasts pull downward. Multiple pregnancies, nursing, etc. are all factors that increase the amount of sagging and that this is a natural part of the aging process.

No. 4: Never pluck a gray hair because more will grow in—myth or truth?

“It’s a myth, it does not cause more gray hairs to grow in,” says Dr. Oz.

Dr. Oz explains that this is a myth because each hair grows from a single follicle embedded in the skin of the scalp and that only one hair can grow from one follicle—therefore, if a gray hair is plucked and new hair growth occurs, it will be only one gray hair and not multiple gray hairs.

The warning he offers, however, is that plucking gray hairs from the scalp can result in no further hair growth from the plucked follicles, which in turn can lead to thinning of the hair and baldness. Plucking a hair from its follicle traumatizes the follicle and can actually damage it so much that the follicle is unable to grow a new hair he states.

Furthermore, Dr. Oz points out that a damaged follicle may still have hair growth, but that new hair could come out oriented in a different direction and may be coarser and thereby making it more noticeable.

For information about anti-wrinkle, anti-aging products recommended on The Dr. Oz Show, follow this link to an article titled “Renowned Dermatologist Recommends 4 Breakthrough Wrinkle Fighters.”

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Reference: The Dr. Oz Show