10 Skin Care Myths

10 Skin Care Myths - Skin care is a huge industry, billions are spent each year on the latest miracle creams and tanning solutions. When those don’t work, many take matters into their own hands, in this case, what we don’t know can hurt us. Instead of beautify, they could make your naturally beautiful skin worse. Separate fact from fiction and learn about the skin care myths we’ve all been taught.

Vigorously Scrubbing Your Face with Soap will Get Rid of Acne

Washing cleans away surface oils, dirt and dead skin cells. Do it too often though and you risk drying out and irritating your skin. This makes acne worse!

For better result, try to wash your face no more than 2 times a day. Wash gently with lukewarm water and a mild facial wash. Pat your face dry with a clean towel.

Higher SPF Means Better Protection

There are 2 types of ultraviolet light in sunlight; UVB that attacks the skin’s surface level, causing sunburns and cancer and UVA that attacks deeper, damaging DNA and also causing cancer. Most sunscreens only provide protections against UVB rays, no matter how high the SPF, UVA rays are still let through.

Opt for sunscreen with broad spectrum SPF protection of 15-30. This protects against both UVA and UVB.

Junk Food Causes Acne

No link has been found between eating junk food and acne. Although avoid wiping greasy foods on your face, as the oils can lead into inflamed pores and acne. Some acne causes hormones, pollution, stress, bacteria.

Popping Your Pimples is The Fastest Way to Get Rid of Acne

By popping a pimple, you are actually forcing bacteria, dead skin cells and oils further into the skin and surrounding pores. End result; your acne spreads, sometimes even leading to scarring. Article: How to Get Rid of Acne Scars Naturally

Steaming Your Skin Opens Pores

Pores are simply small holes in the skin from which sweat escapes. There are no muscles attached to them. Therefore, they cannot open or close. Steaming does help cleanse and moisturize, but does nothing to change a pore’s opening.

Shaving Makes Hair Grow Back Thicker and Darker

There has been no link made between shaving and hair thickness or color. Recently, shaved hair feels coarser and thicker because the blade gives hair a blunt edge. If shaving really did cause hair to grow back thicker, we’d all have forests of inch thick everywhere.

Tanning can Cure Acne

Prolonged sun exposure might clear some pimples up. However, all that UV radiation will over-stimulate the sebaceous glands. These will then produce more oil which leads to more and bigger acnes.

Tanning Booths are Safer than Tanning Outdoor

Tanning beds employ high pressure sunlamps that deliver controlled doses of UVA radiation. These provide up to 12 times the amount of UVA received from normal sun exposure. People who tan indoors have a much higher risk of skin cancer.

All Natural Means Better

Organic and all natural compounds rarely differ from their synthetically produced counterparts. Just because an ingredient is synthetically made does not mean it is bad for your skin. Just because an ingredient grows out of the ground doesn’t mean it is good for your skin. Often, natural products are worse because they cannot e preserved against microbes. The ideal skin products blend natural and synthetic ingredients.

Drinking Copious Amounts of Water will Help with Dry Skin

The amount of water a person drinks has not been shown to have any impact on skin dryness. So, what causes dry skin? Skin dries out when the substance found in between skin cells becomes damaged. This is called the intracellular matrix, and is damaged by alcohol, smoking, sun exposure and drying cleansers.