There’s a lot of misinformation out there about how best to keep our skin healthy and looking its best. Is dry skin really a sign you’re probably not drinking enough water? Or is that fancy moisturizer really the most effective product for fending off wrinkles? Spoiler: no, and no. There’s little evidence drinking extra water helps prevent dry skin — far more likely culprits include harsh soaps, and frequent bathing or showering in hot water. When it comes to the speed at which your skin ages, genetics are the most influential factor. And as far as anti-aging products go, sunscreen is the by far the most powerful.
A big thank-you to interviewees Dr. Yuka Asai, an associate professor in the Department of Dermatology, School of Medicine at Queens University in Kingston, Ont., and Suzanne R. Gulliver, senior epidemiologist and research and operations manager with Dr. Wayne Gulliver and NewLab Clinical Research, St. John’s, NL.