Skin Care Myth Busting
Everywhere you look, there are tons of tips and tricks to healthy skin. Some are obvious (wearing an SPF every day), and some are a bit questionable (I’ve read you can wash your face with olive oil. Huh?). With all of this information floating around, myths get mistaken for fact and can sometimes infiltrate someone’s skin care routine, doing more damage than good. Let’s put some of these skin care myths to rest, shall we?
The more I wash my face, the better my skin will look
It is not necessary to wash your face more than once or twice a day. In fact, washing any more than this will strip your skin’s natural oils, making your skin tight and dry. Obviously if you for some reason accumulate an inordinate amount of dirt on your face during the day, an extra cleansing may be necessary. But for the rest of us, once or twice tops.
I only need an SPF when it’s sunny
Absolutely not! You need to be wearing an SPF all the time, always. We all slack on our sun protection during the winter and/or when it’s cloudy, but that’s a habit we should be breaking. It’s important to get yourself broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection with an SPF of at least 30. The risk of sun damage to your skin (including cancer) is not decreasing anytime soon - quite the opposite, in fact. Do your future self a favour, and put on some sunscreen.
People with oily skin don’t need to use moisturizers
Oil and moisture are very different, and regardless of your skin type, your moisture barrier must be protected. If you are prone to oilier skin than most, it would be beneficial to get an oil-free moisturizer - but never skip this step altogether!
The amount of foam produced has nothing to do with how good or bad your shave will be (take a look at non-foaming gels, for example). What is essential to a comfortable shave is the list of ingredients: aloe, Vitamin E, glycerin and other naturally conditioning ingredients are extremely beneficial.
Popping pimples is a good way to get rid of acne
Satisfying, yes. Beneficial to your skin? Not remotely. Ever notice how after popping a zit, you’re left with a throbbing red mess that covers twice as much surface area than before you popped? Your skin becomes irritated, and you may even be pushing the pus farther into your skin. If you simply must pop a pimple, do it right: take a hot, wet towel to soothe open your pores, and pull the skin apart rather than squeezing it together. It won’t be as satisfying, but it’ll get the job done.
Bottom line, skin care can be confusing, and it's made far more confusing when there is so much conflicting information out there. When you find a skin care routine that works for your skin, stick with it. But if something you're doing doesn't feel quite right, cut it out!
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