There are many myths surrounding skincare. Wearing SPF and eating a healthy diet are some of the best things you can do for your skin, according to dermatologists.
Most people want luminous, clear skin, but skin health is about much more than just looking great.
Your skin is the largest and most visible organ in your body. Some might think that makes it easier to care for, but many people still follow outdated practices and believe false information about skincare
Learn the science behind some of the most common skincare myths below.
1. Myth: There’s one right way to get glowing skin.
There are certain basics of skincare that everyone should follow, like washing your face, wearing sunblock, and using a moisturizer. But no matter how great your skincare routine, genetics play a big role in the appearance of your skin, affecting everything from acne to wrinkles.
“Just like people have different body types, people also have different skin types,” For that reason, the same skincare routine may not be appropriate for everyone.
2. Myth: You need to scrub your face with hot water.
When it comes to washing your face, gentle is best. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends using a gentle cleanser and lukewarm water, and avoiding scrubbing, which can irritate the skin.
3. Myth: You only need sunscreen while outdoors.
Wearing SPF of 30 or higher should be a daily habit. Not only are we exposed to sunlight even when we spend most of our days indoors, but new research indicates that artificial blue light from computers and phones can also age our skin. However, currently no sunscreens can block out blue light or fluorescent light, both of which cause sun spots (liver spots) and aging. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are physical blockers which may combat blue light.
4. Myth: People with dark skin don’t need sunscreen.
Everyone, including people with darker skin tones needs to wear sunscreen. Dark skin is less prone to burning but is not immune to damage from the sun. Sunscreen should be reapplied every 2 hours, regardless of how light or dark your skin is. Everyone should practice good sun safety, including avoiding direct sunlight when possible.
5. Myth: People with oily skin don’t need to moisturize.
The AAD recommends that people with oily skin moisturize daily. People with oily skin should choose a lighter moisturizer and apply a smaller amount, but never skip it.
Those with oily skin should use non-comedogenic moisturizers, which will not clog pores, as oily skin is already prone to clogged pores, acne, and blackheads. Hyaluronic acid moisturizer is great for both oily and drier skin as it is naturally found in the body and may hold one thousand times its body weight in water.