Five Common Skincare Misconceptions
Written by Laurel Beatty
#1 “I have oily skin, therefore I do not need to moisturize”
Oily skin is caused by a lack of water and moisture in the skin, therefore moisturizer is an important step for this skin type. If you are not capping off your skincare routine with a moisturizer, your skin will overproduce oils to compensate for the lack of moisture on your skin, which can lead to clogged pores, blackheads and blemishes. By adding the correct amount of moisture to your skin, you are combatting the effects and symptoms, resulting in better skin health.
#2 “The more product I use, the better the results will be”
Why is this false? Professional products are highly concentrated and formulated with targeted ingredients, vitamins and nutrients, which help improve the problem areas the problem areas of your skin. A small amount will go a long way, and overuse will only speed up the rate at which you need to purchase. So save those pennies and make sure to use only the amount as directed on the bottle.
#3 “If I use a higher SPF factor, I will not need to reapply”
If spending any amount of time outside, it is recommended that you apply SPF at least every two hours to prevent skin damage and sunburn. To ensure that you get the full SPF of a sunscreen, you should apply approximately a shot glass of sunscreen 30 minutes prior to sun exposure. Reapplication is crucial, regardless of the SPF number you are using, as we are typically never in “ideal” conditions. Excessive sweating, swimming, laying on a towel, absorption from your clothes…all of these factors will limit the time your sunscreen will be effective for.
According to skincancer.org, “SPF 15 filters out approximately 93 percent of all incoming UVB rays. SPF 30 keeps out 97 percent and SPF 50 keeps out 98 percent. They may seem like negligible differences, but if you are light-sensitive, or have a history of skin cancer, those extra percentages will make a difference”.
You can still get a sun-kissed look even while using a sunscreen; please make sure you are getting there safely and protecting yourself against sun damage.
#4 “Wearing makeup daily causes breakouts and accelerates aging”
If you are wearing good quality makeup, free of nasty ingredients, and washing off your makeup with a cleanser that is suited toward your skin type, your skin should not be affected by the use of makeup. Make sure you are applying makeup with clean brushes and wash them regularly to remove blemish causing bacteria!
#5 “I don’t wear makeup, therefore I don’t need to cleanse my skin”
Let’s face it…skin gets dirty. For the same reasons we shower our body, we should cleanse the skin on our face and neck. The skin naturally attracts a build-up of dirt and chemicals throughout the day, through a wide array of environmental factors. Did you know that the free-radical pollution that our skin is exposed to throughout the day attributes to the break down of collagen and can accelerate the signs of aging on your face? So keep those pores clean! Cleansing every morning and night should be a vital part of every one’s daily routines!