We like to ask skincare questions to all kinds of people ranging from different age groups to expert levels. One thing that we observed is that there are a lot of really bad facts out there. Today, we want to address a lot of the myths and common misconceptions about best skincare practices. Knowing and avoiding these skincare myths can be the difference in getting the skin you’ve always wanted -and will improve the overall health and appearance of your skin.
If you have oily skin you don’t need to moisturize
Oh boy, this may be one is super common – and it’s scary because it couldn’t be more incorrect! No matter what your skin type—oily and acne-prone or dry and dehydrated—you need to be using some kind of moisturizer to keep your skin balanced and nourished. The differences lie in the type and amount of moisturizer your skin needs.
Sunscreen is only needed if you have fair skin
I’m sure many of you have heard of this before, but did you know that 90% off all aging-related skin issues are due to sun exposure? (do darker toned people have a higher chance of skin cancer?). It is extremely important to implement sunscreen, daily, even when it’s not sunny outside, According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, you can get burned even on cloudy days.
Your pores open and close
- A pore is the opening where your hair follicle resides
- It is not a muscle that contracts ie. it doesn't open and close
- The size of your pores is genetic. But you can reduce the appearance of your pores by keeping them clear of excess oil and dirt.
Because my parents have great skin – so will I
It’s true that genes play a big role in how your skin and facial features are. But aging is based on both intrinsic and extrinsic factors. Your genes are the intrinsic factors but sun exposure, poor lifestyle, smoking, alcohol, stress, and pollution play a huge role in shaping your skin, especially after you cross the forty mark. No matter how good your mom’s skin is at sixty, you could still look like you’re fifty at forty if you don’t take care of your skin. Sun protection, healthy food, exercise, beauty sleep, and no addictive habits are the key to good skin even in later years. Of course, you will need a little support from dermatologists in the form of a fruit peel or a non-surgical skin tightening once you cross forty-five or fifty.
Reference our blog post: How Your Skincare Routine Should Change as you Age
You need to be rough on acne – the harder I scrub the cleaner it will be
There is so much external stress that is placed on our skin from weather changes to scrapes and bruises that It is important that we are being gentle on the skin. Scrubbing harder doesn’t mean that it is cleaner and most likely you’re just irritating your skin.
You should see results almost immediately with any new skin-care product or routine.
On average, the skin cell turnover cycle is around 21 days — and may be faster or slower depending on if you're a younger or older person.
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