5 Skincare Myths That Aren’t True

5 Skincare Myths That Aren’t True

Chances are, you've come across a 'skincare secret' at one point or another that seemed too good to be true. And that's because many of these common skincare tips we hear circulating around are not actually true, and even worse, they may be causing damage to your skin. Here are our top five skincare myths you should stop believing, and the truth about them, according to an esthetician. 

Acne is caused by not washing your face. – FALSE 

For acne to develop you need a combination of four factors: Clogged pores from shedding skin cells, excess oil or sebum, bacteria and inflammation. Not washing your face enough may likely contribute to the problem, but is not the main cause.  Just make sure you are washing at least once per day – preferably at night before bed. Complete a double cleanse using room temperature or warm water (never hot) to make sure all dirt, debris and make-up is removed, followed by your skincare products.

Wearing make-up will cause your skin to age faster. – FALSE

Some double-duty make-up brands actually provide nourishment and protection for the skin. However, ALL make-up must be removed and your skin cleansed before bed to avoiding problems such as acne, inflammation and premature aging of the skin. Dirt, oil and environmental toxins, along with make-up come into contact with your skin every day. So don't feel scared to wear makeup that has ingredients you trust, but make sure you don’t skip cleansing your skin thoroughly afterwards before bed!

The more exfoliation, the better. – FALSE

Have you ever heard of the phrase, ‘beauty knows no pain’?  Well, when it comes to skincare pain does not equal better or more effective!  Also, if you are someone who uses a scrubbing cloth or pad with an exfoliator – STOP!!  Too much scrubbing or exfoliation can actually harm your skin, and even cause broken capillaries, microscopic cuts or tears in the skin and stripping the skin of its protective barrier. Treat your skin with care and gently exfoliate two to three times per week.

You don’t need sun protection on a cloudy day – FALSE

Even on a cloudy day UV rays from the sun can reach the surface of the earth.  Cloudy days can produce the worst burns because of the misconception of ‘no sun – no sunburn’. Apply sun protection everyday and reapply it every two hours, as well as after swimming or sweating. 

Anti-aging products can erase wrinkles – FALSE

Most anti-aging or wrinkle creams plump the skin through hydration. This hydration will temporarily decrease the appearance of wrinkles, but will not erase them permanently. Strong, prescription-strength topical retinoids have shown to be fairly effective in treating fine lines and wrinkles, but can also cause redness and irritation.

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