With the influx of skin care advice and anti-aging treatments, it is hard to separate the facts from the hype. Seems the more we hear, the quicker it transforms itself into an actual truth. Especially, since some of these so-called skincare tips seem completely logical, such as organic products work better or drinking loads of water hydrates your skin.
Often these skin care myths do the complete opposite than what they promise and some actually are harmful for your skin. We decided to ask a list of expert dermatologists what are the most common skin care myths that are circulating online.
Be prepared to be surprised when we debunk these skincare myths!
Keep your skin hydrated by drinking water
False – The only way to moisturize your skin is by actually applying a hydrating cream or lotion to your skin. The outer epidermis can only be hydrated from the outside and not from inside of the body, as our skin is a protective barrier for our body.
Sunscreen is more harmful than the sun
False – All you need to do is a spend one day working with a dermatologist and you can see the damaging affects caused by the sun. Most dermatologists recommend wearing a SPF 30+ before leaving the house and applying not only to your face but your neck, back of your hands and chest.
If you are concerned about the chemicals found in sunscreens, look for varieties that contain zinc oxide, as it will prevent the lotion from being absorbed by the body.
You only need to wear sunscreen on sunny days
False – Basically, if you don’t need a flashlight to see outside, then you need to be wearing sunscreen. The UV radiation is present all day, whether it is sunny, cloudy or rainy. Just think that walking your dog for ten minutes a day, gives you 10 minutes of exposure to harmful radiation, which adds up to a whopping 50 hours a year.
Natural, organic products are safe for all skin types
False – Just think poison oak is all natural and organic but it doesn’t make it safe to use on your skin. The same goes for most natural products, just because it says organic doesn’t mean it is free from allergens of skin irritants. Plus, many times these products have not been tested and cause severe damage to your skin.
Opt for expensive beauty skin care products, as they will work better
False – Just because it comes with a hefty price tag and fancy packaging doesn’t instantly make it better. Often products that are sold at the drug store and the local general store contain exactly the same ingredients but at extreme price differences. Consult with your dermatologist for affordable options in your area.
Moisturizing will cause your skin to break out
False – Even oily skin needs to be moisturised, as it will protect the skin barrier and help to reduce inflammation. If you have oily skin, look for a lightweight, moisturizer that contains no oil.
Dark skin doesn’t burn
False – Fair skin might show color faster than darker skin, but that doesn’t mean your skin isn’t burning. People of color often are diagnosed later than fair skinned people with skin cancer. All skin colors need to wear SPF and protect their skin.
Acne is caused from having a dirty face
False – Acne can be caused from debris clogging your pores, but more often it is caused by a hormonal imbalance, inflammation and over exfoliating your face. While it is true that exfoliation can help to remove debris and dead skin cells, over-exfoliation can cause unwanted breakouts. Aggressive scrubbing removes the natural oils on your face that protect your face from breakouts.
Botox is only for older women
False – Botox is a fantastic preventative measure to prevent the signs of aging. More and more younger women are opting to get Botox treatments earlier in life to prevent the signs of aging.
I can use makeup wipes, instead of my cleanser
False – Makeup wipes are for those moments when you are too tired to use your cleanser. But they contain chemicals that stay on your face after removing your makeup that can dry out your skin, causing breakouts or skin allergies.