There are loads of skincare myths floating around. Reading beauty articles can result in way too much conflicting information. So, do you follow the advice of one or the other? It can quickly become overwhelming and confusing.
Don’t fret, that’s why today we’re debunking skin care myths! Here are some we’ve heard lately that we want you to know simply aren’t true.
FALSE. While exfoliating is excellent for your skin as it removes dead skin cells, exfoliating too much can actually cause irritation and redness. You’ll also notice more dry skin, and your skin will feel more sensitive. This is the opposite of good for your skin!
Usually, washing with a washcloth in a circular motion should be enough to get rid of the majority of dead skin cells. Exfoliate only once or twice a week with a gentle product.
FALSE. You can attract sun damage even on the cloudiest of days. UV rays can penetrate through the clouds and still reach our skin. You might not think that the sun is shining on you, but don’t forget that it’s always there somewhere above the clouds. Sun damage is really dangerous for our skin and can start the premature aging process.
Wearing an SPF BB cream or foundation is a great way to get everyday light SPF coverage to protect from sun damage.
FALSE. The best age to start using an eye cream is when you’re young. The skin around your eyes is thinner and drier in general than the rest of your face. That’s why it’s usually the first place that you get wrinkles. Using a great moisturizing eye cream BEFORE you see any signs of aging can prevent wrinkles before they start.
FALSE. Those of us who regularly wash our faces know that, unfortunately, this is not true. Yes, face washing can help to prevent acne. But not doing it isn’t the reason you get pimples.
The reason you get pimples is that you either have some bacteria, your pores are clogged, or due to inflammation. Usually, some combination of the above.
FALSE. As long as you properly remove your makeup before going to bed, this myth is completely untrue. Ensure that you properly cleanse your skin and thoroughly remove your makeup.
If you fail to do this, makeup can trip the dirt and toxins of the day in your skin, which in turn, does cause aging. This is where the myth comes from.
FALSE. Steam opens up your skin, not hot water. Your pores will open up of their own accord while you shower or take a bath. You don’t need to run your face under scalding hot water.
You also don’t need to pour freezing water on your face. An excellent temperature is lukewarm. This will do the trick nicely.
FALSE. All skin types require moisturizer to feel fully hydrated and nourished. It doesn’t matter whether you have dry skin, oily, or a combination of the two, you need it. Having oily skin doesn’t negate the need for a great moisturizer.
Products such as cleansers strip the oils from your skin and are best followed with moisturizer. Unexpectedly, an oil-based cleanser could actually help your skin. You don’t want to lose your natural oils and end up with dry skin. That’s just swapping one problem for another!
FALSE. Skincare starts from the inside out. If you’re having problems with your skin, the first place to start is to reconsider your diet.
Drinking lots of water and eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables is the best way to clean, clear, glowing skin. There is no shortcut to this. Certain products can help, but in the long term, the best thing to do is eat plenty of healthy foods.
FALSE. Age spots are the direct effect of sun damage. They are caused by not using enough sunblock when you were younger, or even worse using tanning beds or lying in the sun for hours.
While you’re young enough to prevent them, ensure that you’re using an SPF moisturizer daily. As mentioned above, the sun’s harmful rays can reach us even when we don’t think it’s sunny outside.
FALSE. Unfortunately, for most of us, we get acne well into our 20s and 30s. There are many reasons for this, but a major one is that these are our prime childbearing years. Unfortunately, your body doesn’t care if you plan on having children or not.
There is a monthly fluctuation of hormones occurring along with your cycle. This can cause hormonal acne in many adults.
With all the myths out there, hopefully, it’s been helpful to learn a few, which are definitely false. Stop following the above myths, and your skin will be much healthier and happier over time. Take care of your skin, don’t believe the hype, and it will reward you.