There are many skin care myths that are floating in conversations. Many of which people believe deeply in, but simply aren’t true.
Our desire to have beautiful skin is one reason why we cling so much to these myths. If it’s said to help remove any sort of blemish, line, or mark that appears, we are quick to buy in!
The cosmetic industry, one of the largest industries worldwide, is also very aware of the fuss consumers tend to make over our skin. This makes it very easy for them to create new products, helpful or not, based on the myths that we believe.
To protect our skin in the healthiest way possible, these myths must be debunked.
Let’s discuss the myths related to some of the most common terms, products, and practices in skincare.
Myth 1: “Wearing makeup is bad for your skin”
It is true that the wrong makeup formula, improper removal of makeup, or dirty tools can affect your skin. Your skin can become dry and/or prone to rashes and breakouts with bad practices.
But, there is no harm in wearing makeup – even daily.
Remember these quick tips when wearing makeup:
- Check the ingredients of your makeup, and spot test when using new products to ensure that you are not allergic.
- Remove your makeup with care. Rather than scrubbing it as hard as you can, you should use makeup remover, and then gently wash the remaining residue off using water and a mild cleanser.
- Moisturize your skin after washing the makeup off. Even if you have oily skin, moisturizing afterwards will restore balance to your skin.
- Keep your makeup brushes, sponges, and reusable false eyelashes clean! Their surfaces can hold bacteria that can be transferred to your skin if left dirty. Clean with your facial cleanser, mild soap or baby shampoo.
Myth 2: “Stop touching your face and your acne will completely go away”
It is true that touching your face can result in bacteria transfer. But, it is not the only reason for acne. Other reasons include hormones or clogged pores.
Simply to say, the notion of completely not touching your face is overstated. Here are some quick tips to keep your acne at bay:
- Proper hygiene: Washing your face gently and moisturizing afterwards can help keep pores clear, but do not wash excessively! It can further irritate your skin.
- Maintain a healthy diet: Eating organic and whole foods nourish your skin from the inside out with proper nutrients.
- Don’t stress: Stress can cause your acne to flare up. We know how irritating acne can be, but stressing out about it can make it worse.
Myth 3: “SPF is only for sunny summer days”
Some people believe that you do not need to apply sunscreens on cloudy or cold days. Truth is, the harmful UVA and UVB rays of the sun are still as dangerous on a cloudy day as on a sunny day.
The UV rays don’t simply get absorbed by the clouds. The rays can still pass through them.
Another common misbelief is that the SPF number is the level of strength of the sunscreen. The SPF number tells us how long it takes for the sun’s UV radiation would take to redden your skin. Plus, the SPF number is only accurate when using the product exactly as directed.
Because consumers believe that the higher the SPF the more protected they are, they tend not to use it properly. They don’t reapply at the appropriate time and stay in the sun longer than they probably should.
Myth 4: Expensive products are better
When it comes to overly expensive cosmetic products, you’re not only paying for the product, but also for the packaging and branding.
Most over-the counter brands, basic or luxury, essentially use the same ingredients. So, the less expensive ones shouldn’t be written off immediately as “not as good” as a luxury brand’s product.
Finding the happy medium between a cheap, inefficient product and an overpriced, efficient product can take some experimenting, but at the end of the day, it’s well worth it!
Myth 5: “Popping a pimple is the worst thing you can do”
Yes, popping a pimple can cause scarring, swelling, or bacteria transfer if done incorrectly. By incorrectly, we mean using tweezers or your fingers.
Sometimes a blemish, like a blackhead that’s filled with oil and debris, is truly ready to be extracted. Be sure to use an actual pimple remover tool, that has been sanitized, to gently empty the blackhead. But, be sure not to force it! However, if you have numerous blemishes or are uncertain of your skill in extracting their contents, see your dermatologist or skincare professional for help.
These are just a few of the most common myths we’ve heard about. Hopefully, now you can adjust some of your beliefs and practices about skin care and start a journey to better, glowing skin!