With so much conflicting advice out there, it can be difficult to narrow it down and create an effective skin care routine. For those who want to preserve youth and prevent wrinkles, to those who already have wrinkles and desire to eliminate them, there are thousands of products out there that promise to deliver a perfect complexion. Separating the facts from fiction can be difficult, but is vitally important. Here ten popular skin care myths and misconceptions.
Debunking 10 Skin Care Myths
Vitamin D and the Tanning Booth
When various reports were released stating that vitamin D could be obtained from tanning booths, some in the industry jumped on the information as an advertising tool. But just a small amount of daily sun exposure will give the typical person all the vitamin D that they need, as will drinking fortified milk. Others wrongly believe that the tanning booth is safe because the booths filter certain rays of light. But the reality is that there is no such thing as a safe tan. To avoid skin damage, wrinkles, and skin cancer, forget the tan and opt for a fake tan if a bronze look is desired. Also include sunscreen in your daily routine. Everyone should apply sunscreen with at least SPF 30 to their faces and necks each morning, even if it is winter or on a cloudy day.
Many skin care systems include toner as an essential step. Indeed the three step system of cleansing, toning and moisturizing has been a staple for years. But toner is typically a product with a high alcohol content that may do more harm than good. In most cases, the toner picks up traces of dirt, makeup and oil that were left behind by the cleanser, so it appears to be ‘working.’ However, using toner might not be beneficial for everyone. Toner can strip natural oils and cause oily skin to go into over-production mode. The result is additional breakouts. Those with dry skin might find toner to be too harsh, leaving them with flaky, uneven skin. If you love toner, look for one that is alcohol free.
Washing with soap and water multiple times per day used to be the mantra. But soap is drying and often does not remove dirt and build up any better that just plain water. Even a moisturizing bar soap will actually tend to dry the skin. To avoid problems, look for gentle moisturizing cleansers or skip the soap altogether at times.
Facials executed in salons usually involve extractions, which remove blackheads and unclog pores. However, this practice is best left to professionals. While one can purchase extractors for home use, they can be dangerous if not used properly. The results can include infection and scarring – not worth it just because of a pimple! Instead, apply a treatment containing salicylic acid or sulfur to dry up breakouts, and let the professionals handle the really deep down clogs.
That Miracle Wrinkle Cream
There are a plethora of products billed as miracle creams and lotions, each promising to erase wrinkles or make you look younger in a matter of days. But there is no such miracle product, and consumers should take such claims with healthy skepticism. This does not mean you should forgo wrinkle treatments altogether- some products can lessen the appearance on lines and wrinkles or help prevent them over time, just don’t expect a miracle. Look for products with Retinol , which studies have shown can make a significant difference in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles when used consistently over time.
The Effect of Price On Quality
Think that a super expensive face cream is that much better than a drugstore product? Think again. Price often has little to do with the quality of skin care products. In many instances the ingredients and formulations are similar and, while there are plenty of nice expensive products, there are also plenty of duds. The same goes for the more affordable products. Do your research and buy based on good reviews over falling for the trap of the higher price.
Shaving and Hair Growth
Have you heard that shaving or waxing will make your hair grow back thicker, darker, or quicker? There isn’t a stitch of truth to it. Shaving and waxing can irritate the skin though, so proceed carefully with each and baby you skin a bit extra afterward.
Moisture, Oil, And Oily Skin
Those with oily or acne prone skin often become overly concerned about seeking oil free products and avoiding moisturizers. But oily skin also needs moisture and, when it doesn’t get it, rebound oil production occurs. A light application of moisturizer can keep the skin healthy. Some oils are also good for acne prone skin. They key is finding the right ones. For example, Mineral Oil is not recommended and can clog pores, but Argan Oil, Safflower Oil, Olive Oil, Jojoba Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, and Macadamia Nut Oil all can be beneficial.
As much as anyone would love to see a pore shrinking product that works, the truth is that pores cannot shrink. They can, however, be kept clean, and the use of moisturizer may lessen their appearance.
Sleeping in Mineral Makeup
Mineral makeup is often touted as being so healthy for the skin that you can sleep in it. But the fact of the matter is that sleeping in any makeup is generally bad news and can lead to breakouts, including sleeping with your mineral makeup on. Many mineral makeup brands also contain bismuth, an ingredient that cause itchiness and rashes in some people. Sensitive skin types should look for mineral makeup that is bismuth free.
Skin care myths abound. Before developing a skin care routine, it is worth it to do some research and perhaps even visit a dermatologist. Always spot tests products before applying them to prevent allergic reactions and irritations.
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