23 Skin Care Myths Debunked

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1. Tanning booths are safe.

Most of you know that sunbathing or spending a lot of time in the sun can lead to premature aging or skin cancers. But what about tanning booth? Most tanning booth companies nowadays say that they are filtering out UVB. What they do not mention is that you still need UVA to get the tan and UVA to penetrate deeper into the skin, which causes premature aging and skin cancers. So when you go to a tanning booth, you’re still exposing your skin to UVA rays, that can lead to premature aging and skin cancers.

2. The higher the SPF, the better the protection.

There are two types of UV that cause damage to your skin. UVB is the ray that causes sunburn. UVA penetrates deeper into the skin, altering your pigmentation to produce a tan. Both of these rays damage your skin’s DNA and cause photoaging, pigment changes, and carcinomas (cancerous tumors).

The SPF on the sunscreen is the measure of burn time, and it’s telling you how long you can stay out in the sun. However, what most people don’t know is that higher SPF doesn’t always mean better. So an SPF of 2 gives you a 50% protection, an SPF of 10 gives you a 90% protection, an SPF of 30 gives you a 97% protection, and an SPF of 50 gives you a 98% protection from UVB. So there you see that by doubling the SPF from 30 to 60, you only get a 1% increase in protection and in the real would, that 1% doesn’t make much of a difference. Therefore, you should use a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15, and there’s really no point in using a sunscreen with SPF higher than 30.

Another fact that you should take into consideration in choosing the sunscreen is that SPF only tells you the protection against UVB but doesn’t say anything about UVA. So when choosing a sunscreen  make sure that it is a broad spectrum that protects against both UVA and UVB. The sunscreen should also have one of the following ingredients: titanium dioxide, mexoryl, oxybenzone, or avobenzone (Parsol 1789) for UVA protection.

3. You don’t need to apply SPF to your lips.

If you’re like most people, there’s a good chance you could be neglecting your lips when it comes to your skincare routine. But they deserve some love too! Your lips can burn, so it’s important to also apply SPF to them, just as you would the rest of your face. Look for a lip balm formulated with broad-spectrum SPF. Toss it in your purse for easy access so that you can reapply as needed.

4. You can skip sunscreen on a cloudy day.

Even on a cloudy day, UV radiation from the sun reaches the earth’s surface. So make sure you use sunscreen every day and reapply it every two hours as well as after swimming or sweating.

5. You don’t need sunscreen if you’re wearing makeup that has SPF.

Don’t fall prey to the myth that you’re protected just because you’re wearing makeup with an SPF. Makeup doesn’t provide the same protection as sunscreen. You would have to put on 14 or 15 times the amount of makeup that an average person would wear to reach the SPF on the label of powdered makeup. The same thing goes for foundation and liquid makeup. Make sure you use sunscreen in addition to your makeup.

6. Scrubbing your face with soap will keep your skin healthy and acne-free.

Washing or scrubbing your face too much, and you are removing protective oils and barriers from your face, which can be the cause of rashes or acne. So what you should be doing instead is using a gentle cleanser that will lift away dirt, oil, and makeup, but don’t leave your skin feeling dry and tight followed by a moisturizer.

7. Antibacterial soap is best for keeping your skin clean.

Skin typically has bacteria on it. It’s impossible to keep your skin completely free of bacteria for any amount of time. In fact, many experts are concerned that the use of antibacterial soap could lead to more antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Antibacterial soap is not necessary for everyday use. Regular soap is fine. Thorough and consistent hand-washing, not antibacterial soap, is what helps prevent the spread of infection.

8. It’s ok to touch your face.

Throughout the day, you’ve accumulated a lot of bacteria and germs on your fingers and hands from touching keyboards, steering wheel, door handles, etc. So you can transfer those bacteria and germs to your face by touching, causing acne to breakout. Therefore it best to refrain from touching your face throughout the day, and also, you shouldn’t apply any skincare products to your face before washing your hands.

9. It’s better to pop your pimple.

Popping your pimple feels good, but is it good for you. By popping your pimple, you’re pushing the pus deeper into your skin, which causes more inflammation that can lead to scarring and spread under the skin. That’s why you’ll get another one a few days later close to the first one.

If you really need to pop your pimple, you should do it right by using a tool called a comedone extractor that can be bought in any beauty store. You should apply firm pressure with the extractor and then roll it across the pimple to take it out.

10. Expensive skincare products work best.

Most often, expensive skincare products have the same active ingredients as the drugstore counterpart. The differences are that for the expensive skincare products, you are paying for the feel, scent, and the packaging. Some of the mass market products are even better than the expensive ones. One of my favorite brand is The Ordinary, it one of the best value for money skincare products you can buy. So if you want to pay more for the pretty packaging or nicer smell, then that’s up to you.

11. Antiaging products (or “wrinkle creams”) can erase wrinkles.

Most wrinkle creams simply hydrate skin, plumping it out and making it look better temporarily. So don’t buy into the hype. There is one product that has a solid history and reputation for reversing fine lines, which are topical retinoids or commonly known as “Retinol” or “Tretinoin.” These creams or drops penetrate the skin and increase skin cell turnover. Studies have shown them to be reasonably effective at treating acne, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, and reversing the effects of photoaging or sun damage. Some retinoids can be purchased over the counter. For greater strength, ask your doctor for a prescription.

12. Lasers can make you look 20 years younger.

These days, there’re different types of lasers on the market, and each type does a different thing. Some help with sunspots, some help with wrinkles, and some go deep and activate collagen. With so much hype and marketing, people believe that you can become a completely different person with the use of the laser. Even though laser technology has advanced a lot these days, you still need to be realistic about what they can do. If you have done intensive damage to your skin, there’s only so much laser can do. 

So the bottom line when it comes to skin care tips and antiaging strategies are preventive measures. Stay out of the sun, and use a good sunscreen every day and throughout the day.

13. If you have oily skin, you won’t show signs of aging as quickly.

Having oily skin doesn’t mean that you will age slower or can skip on moisturizer. External factors like pollution, UV rays, and excessive cleansing can damage oily skin’s moisture barrier, causing loss of moisture and an increase in oil production. As a result, your skin will even be oilier if you don’t replace the moisture that’s been lost. Instead, you should use a lightweight, oil-free water-based moisturizer to make sure that your skin is moisturized throughout the day.

14. There’s only one right way to do skin care.

Everyone’s skin is different, so there can not be one way of doing skin care. You will probably need to go through some trial and error before you find exactly the right products and skin care routine for your face. 

15. Pores open and close based on water temperature.

The idea that your pores open and close based on water temperature is a common, age-old myth, but in reality, it’s just not true. This is because your pores are technically always open!

Your pores might look more visible if you use hot water to wash your face; that’s because your skin swells slightly with the warmth of the water, not because the pores have actually opened.

16. You should see results almost immediately with any new skincare product or routine.

On average, your skin cell turnover cycle is around 21 days depending on your age. So you will results in about a month after using a new product or skin care routine. So you need to be patient and time will tell what works or doesn’t work with your skin.

17. Skin care is only accomplished from the outside in.

What you eat will also affect your skin, no amount of skincare products can make up for eating tons of refined sugars and alcohol, the two main things that can negatively affect your skin.

Eating a healthy diet is good for both inside and out, including your skin. Diet high in anti-inflammatory food such as whole food plant-based diet can also know to improve skin conditions such as acne or eczema.

18. Adequate skin care is only for your face — not your whole body.

Although the skin on your face is what gets all the attention, the rest of your skin needs some love, too.

Sunscreen, moisturizer, gentle, but effective cleansers — those are all things that every part of you can appreciate. Pay special attention to the skin on your hands, feet, elbows, and knees — all areas prone to dryness that may require dedicated treatments of their own.

19. Sleeping in your makeup is totally fine.

After a long day at work, the last thing that you want to do is to get yourself to the bathroom and remove your makeup. But that’s the one thing that you should not do; sleeping with your face full of makeup can cause your pore to clogged up with all the dirt and oil that’s mixed up with your makeup throughout the day. As a result, your face can break out in acne. One simple hack to make your life easier is to keep a no-rinse makeup remover like micellar water or makeup removing towelettes by your bedside; then you can remove your makeup in no time without having to leave your bed.

20. Hot showers are good for your skin.

Sure, taking a long, hot shower might be one of the most relaxing things to do after a long day at work or time spent in frigid temps. But while it may feel good at the moment, hot water can strip your skin of essential oils, leaving it feeling dry. Not cool. Instead of cleaning up in a piping hot shower, turn down the temperature and opt for lukewarm water instead. Not quite ready to give up on your hot water habit? Shorten the amount of time you spend showering. When it comes to washing your face, it’s another time to turn down the dial to help avoid stripping your skin of moisture. Bonus tip: Apply your face moisturizer and body lotion to damp skin to help lock in hydration.

21. You don’t need to start using an eye cream yet.

Even if you aren’t showing any visible signs of aging around your eyes just yet, it’s never too early to start using an eye cream. The skin around your eyes is thinner and more delicate than the rest of your face, so it tends to show signs of aging first. So it’s best to apply the eye cream gently in small dots around your eyes and smooth until it’s absorbed every morning and night to minimize the look of puffiness, fine lines, wrinkles, and dark circles.

22. Eating chocolate or oily foods causes oily skin and acne.

The truth is that an oily substance called sebum causes acne. It’s made and secreted by the skin. In fact, there’s no evidence that any specific food causes acne.

23. Vitamin E will make scars fade.

There’s little evidence to support this claim. Talk to your surgeon or dermatologist if you have concerns about the appearance of a scar. There are many options for improving the appearance of scars, including laser treatments.

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