15 Skincare Myths You Probably Believe: Debunked!
Aug 9, 2022
We all want baby skin, but sometimes it simply seems that imperfections don’t want to disappear, no matter how many creams we try.
Since there are more and more influencers that advise you to use hundreds of products, it is even more difficult to deal with skin problems. The truth is, the more basic you keep your skincare routine, the more effective it will be.
Sometimes it seems like skincare myths are more common than the truths. Do you know which skincare myths are actually true? And which ones are just plain false? Probably not, because they are so many and because there are thousands of people sharing their opinion about skincare without having a medical background.
In this blog post, we will debunk some of the most common skincare myths. We’ll also show you how to make a difference between skincare myths and truths.
So read on to learn more about skincare!
Skincare myth #1: You should wash your face as often as you can in a day.
Truth: While it is important to cleanse your skin regularly, washing your face more than twice a day can actually strip away natural oils and cause irritation. If you have oily skin, you may need to use a cleanser specially formulated for your type of skin, but make sure you don’t wash your face too many times a day.
Skincare myth #2: You should use hot water to wash your face.
Truth: Now, let’s clarify: NEVER use hot water to wash your face. If you think that hot water is better because it removes mascara or other makeup products from your face, you’re totally wrong.
Hot water can actually damage your skin more than you can imagine. Stick to using lukewarm/ cold water instead.
Skincare myth #3: You should avoid the sun to keep your skin looking young.
Truth: While too much sun can damage your skin, a little bit of sun exposure is actually healthy for your skin. Sun exposure helps your body produce vitamin D, which is essential for healthy skin.
Skincare myth #4: You don’t need to wash your face if you don’t have makeup on.
Truth: This is one of the biggest skincare myths. Washing your face in the morning is just as important as washing it at night! Even if you don’t wear makeup, dirt and oil can build up on your skin overnight.
Wash your face with a gentle cleanser both in the morning and evening to remove any impurities and to better prepare your face for your skincare routine. Remember that before applying any skincare products or makeup, you have to wait 2-3 minutes so that your face will be fully dry.
Skincare myth #5: The order you apply skincare products doesn’t matter.
Truth: That’s totally wrong. Every skincare routine has some steps to follow. If you don’t, you’ll wonder why the products don’t have any results.
Even the best skin care products must be applied in a certain order if you want them to work out. There are substances that activate others, and that’s why you have to be careful how you apply them.
Here’s an article that shows you the correct order for your skincare steps.
Also, the Skincare bible book provides very helpful information about skincare ingredients and tips. That’s really helpful, especially because it’s written by a dermatologist who suffered from acne for many years.
Skincare myth #6: Eating chocolate causes breakouts.
Truth: There’s no scientific proof that chocolate causes breakouts. However, if you have acne-prone skin, you may want to avoid chocolate that is high in sugar. Sugar can trigger inflammation and cause breakouts. If you really want to spoil yourself a little bit, you can go for dark chocolate 70-80% cocoa concentration), which is more than safe.
Skincare myth #7: The more you exfoliate, the better your skin will look.
Truth: Exfoliating too often can damage A LOT your skin. If you feel like you need to deep cleanse your face skin, you can use maximum once a week exfoliants that are safe to use at home. Also, you can go to a specialist from time to time for a facial cleaning procedure, which will be much safer for you. Here are some skincare treatments and beauty trends you can go for this year.
Skincare myth #8: Wearing makeup causes wrinkles.
Truth: Wrinkles are caused by a combination of factors, including sun damage, smoking, genetics, and age. While wearing makeup won’t cause wrinkles (makeup products nowadays are very well formulated, and some of them also have hydrating properties), not removing your makeup before bed can lead to breakouts and premature aging.
Skincare myth #9: You don’t need to wear sunscreen if you’re not going to be in the sun.
Truth: UV rays can penetrate clouds and damage your skin, even on cloudy days. Make sure to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher daily, regardless of the weather forecast.
Skincare myth #10: Eating greasy food causes acne.
Truth: There is no proof to support the claim that greasy foods cause acne. However, eating a healthy diet and maintaining good hygiene habits can help improve your skin’s appearance.
Skincare myth #11: You should wash your face with soap and water to get rid of dirt and oil.
Truth: Although soap and water can remove dirt and oil from your skin, they can also strip away your skin’s natural oils, leading to dryness and irritation. Instead, use a gentle cleanser that is designed for your skin type.
Skincare myth #12: You don’t need to moisturize if you have oily skin.
Truth: Skin truths are far from this affirmation. Everyone, regardless of their skin type, needs to moisturize. Moisturizing helps to keep your skin hydrated and prevents dryness.
But be careful! Moisturizers are different for each skin type. For example, to moisturize oily skin, you will have to use a water-based or hyaluronic acid-based cream or gel.
Skincare myth #13: You don’t need to wear sunscreen if you have dark skin.
Truth: This is another skincare myth that some people believe, but it’s totally wrong! Everyone, regardless of their skin color, needs to wear sunscreen. The sun’s UV rays can damage your skin, no matter its color.
Skincare myth #14: Wearing sunscreen will make you break out.
ruth: Wearing sunscreen will not make you break out. In fact, sunscreen is actually good for your skin, but you have to find the one that feels right on your face. Like any other cream, there are sunscreens for each skin type, so choose the one that’s right for you and stay protected.
Skincare myth #15: Only teenagers suffer from acne.
Truth: You can have acne at any age. Acne can be different for everyone: it develops for different reasons and in different life phases. The most important thing is to accept that you have it and immediately go to a specialist for treatment. Acne does not resolve on its own, and usually, it becomes worse if you don’t do something.
So there you have it! These are just a few of the skincare myths that you may have heard. Be sure to do your own research and book an appointment with your dermatologist to get the best advice for your skin type.
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What other skincare myths have you heard? Let us know in the comments section below!