When it comes to solving skin issues, you’ve probably used the Internet a couple of times to find a quick solution. And with so much information, it most likely didn’t disappoint you.
But, here’s the thing:
Are you sure the information you got isn’t just a rumor or faux news? Because if they are, you’re probably doing more harm than good to your skin.
To give you an idea, here are 10 of the most common skin care myths and the reasons why you need to stop believing in them right now.
Myth #1 You should drink lots of water to keep your skin moisturized
Fact: When you drink water, it doesn’t go straight into your skin. It actually goes through a lot of processes before it can reach your skin’s cells.
It gets absorbed by your small intestines first. After that, it gets absorbed into your bloodstream.
This is one good reason why drinking water isn’t enough to moisturize your skin.
If your skin is extremely dry or you’re just looking for ways to make sure your skin stays hydrated, one of your best options is to apply a moisturizer. Pick one that’s particularly formulated for your skin type.
In addition to that, you should also stay away from factors that can deplete your skin’s moisture, such as dry heat, long baths, and low humidity.
Myth #2 Blackheads Are Dirt Trapped In Your Pores
Fact: Those tiny black spots inside your pores? They aren’t really dirt.
They are dead skin cells and oil within your follicles that underwent the process of oxidation.
You can simply think of it this way:
When a follicle opens up, it allows oxygen to enter. This causes those dead skin cells and sebum to oxidize, leading to a change in color.
In comparison, when a follicle is closed, there’s no way for oxygen to get in contact with the material inside. This allows that follicle to remain white.
Myth #3 You Can Get Acne From Using Makeup
Fact: You shouldn’t completely blame your makeup products for your skin breakouts. Honestly, it’s probably the way you’re taking care of your skin and your cosmetics that are causing your acne.
Take, for example, your makeup tools. Your makeup brushes can easily accumulate dirt, bacteria, makeup residues, and dirt.
If you aren’t washing them regularly, you’re just practically introducing bacteria into your pores and this can easily cause acne.
The way you remove* your makeup counts, too. So, instead of relying on makeup remover wipes, invest in a good makeup remover and facial cleanser to make sure no residues can clog your pores.
Myth #4 Experiencing A Tingling Sensation Means That A Product Is Working
Fact: A stinging or tingling sensation isn’t a complete guarantee that a product is working. It can actually be a sign that your skin is reacting negatively to the product.
If you experience this, don’t hesitate to wash off the product right away and replace it with something gentler.
Myth #5 You Can Skip Sunscreens When It’s Cloudy
Fact: A cloudy day isn’t an excuse for you to forego your sunscreen. In fact, it gives you more reasons to not go outdoors without any protection for your skin.
Those harmful UV rays can actually bounce off of clouds, allowing the radiation to become focused. So, regardless of how cloudy or sunny the day is, make it a habit to apply your sunscreen regularly.
Myth #6 You Don’t Need Anti-Aging Products When You’re Young
Fact: You don’t necessarily have to wait for fine lines and wrinkles to appear before you start using anti-aging products. You can start with a good anti-aging regimen in as early as your 20s to prevent as much damage as possible.
Myth #7 SPF In Makeup Products Are Enough
Fact: Many makeup products are now formulated with Sun Protection Factor. Although convenient, they aren’t really the best in protecting your skin against sun damage.
Why?Well, to get the most coverage, you’ll need about 14 times the normal amount of powder and about 7 times the usual amount of foundation to achieve the SPF those products claim. Now, are you willing to layer that much product on your face?
The answer is probably a “no” and that’s only right. Applying too much product to your skin can clog your pores and cause skin breakouts.
Instead of relying on your makeup products, invest in a broad spectrum sunscreen you can use under your makeup.
Myth #8 You Don’t Have To Use A Moisturizer If You Have Oily Skin
Fact: Your skin needs a moisturizer to maintain its balance. If that balance gets out of whack, your skin is forced to produce more oil than what’s necessary and that can cause more problems.
Your skin will get oilier, greasier and more prone to acne.
So, how do you choose the best moisturizer for your skin type?
As much as possible, stick with products that are noncomedogenic, oil-free and lightweight. Skip heavy and thick creams if you want to avoid skin breakouts.
Myth #9 You Need To Exfoliate Every Day If You Want To Achieve A Glowing Skin
Fact: Exfoliating more than two to three times a week can do more harm than good. It can create minute tears on your skin which can make it more vulnerable to bacteria and acne.
Overdoing it can also dry your skin out.
For a safe way to remove* dead skin cells and excess oil, you should only exfoliate once to twice a week. Avoid using products with abrasive granules and strong chemicals.
Myth #10 You Should Wash Your Face As Often As Possible To Remove* Acne-Causing Bacteria
Fact: Excessive washing can leave your skin dry and dehydrated. It can strip your skin’s natural moisture, causing it to compensate by producing more oil.
Ideally, you should only wash your face twice a day.
Do it in the morning to remove* any excess oil and dead skin cells that have accumulated as you sleep. Then, wash your face before you get to bed to make sure no dirt, makeup residues, and oil can clog your pores.
In the world of skincare, myths and false beliefs proliferate. If you aren’t careful, you can end up harming your skin.
So, before you try out a new skincare hack or tip, make sure to do your research first. It can take a bit more time but it can surely save you from a lot of trouble.
As they say, regret always comes last.
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