Have you ever looked into the actual truths behind skin care myths that are continuously circulating the beauty sphere? There are many well-known beauty "facts" that we just assume to be true or otherwise don't question because of how common they are. Well, below are some of the truths behind skin care myths that you'll want to check out!
1 Product Use from the Same Line Delivers Better Results
One of the truths behind skin care myths is the effectiveness of product line use. I use a wide array of beauty products from different lines and I don't notice a single difference. It's safe to say that when product lines assure you of better results when combined with their other products, it's a marketing tactic to get you to buy more of their stuff. Sure, product lines contain similar baseline ingredients, but for the most part, that doesn't equal better results overall!
2 Your Skin Can Get Used to Products
This is a yes and no answer. Skin can get used to active ingredients in some prescription products, particularly Vitamin A derivatives. However, this isn't true for common lotions, moisturizers and products with added aminos. You may be deceived into thinking your skin has become acclimated to a product when in reality you have just reached the maximum potential of your product and have hit a plateau for change.
3 A Higher SPF Sunscreen Doesn't Allow Safe All Day Sun Play
Just because you've applied sunscreen of a high SPF, doesn't mean you can spend more time in the sun. In fact, you're only receiving protection if you continuously apply sunscreen after water and sweat exposure! Broad-spectrum sunscreen is your best bet because it protects against both UV/UVB rays. You also want to use at least SPF 30 which is 97% effective at filtering out harmful rays (that also means higher SPF isn't going to protect much more). Those rays are responsible for both skin cancer and premature aging (wrinkles). Yikes!
4 By Age 18, Skin Damage is Complete
I'm not sure why this myth is circulating, but I've definitively heard it more than once. It's not true - while your skin might be more susceptible to sun damage during your younger years, the damage will just get worse if you don't use proper protection and care techniques. To combat already damaged skin, make sure to always wear at least SPF 30 sunscreen, wash your face twice a day, moisturize, and exfoliate 2-3 times a week with a gentle exfoliant.
5 Junk Food Causes Acne
For people who are not prone to acne, there is no correlation between junk food and breakouts. However, for those who are acne-prone, refined carbohydrates and sugary foods can cause an inflammatory response in the body due to a steep spike in blood sugar. The inflammation is known to irritate acne and make it worse. Dairy products are also a potential aggravator of acne-prone skin. So, if you tend to have regular flare-ups, try avoiding these foods or cutting back and see if it helps!
6 Facial Exercises Can Make Skin Become Tighter
As we age, I think we all wish this were true! However it can have the opposite effect. Wrinkles appear over time due to muscle movement and the skin folding in the same spot over and over again. It's also a result of collagen and elastin loss from just getting older and the body not not producing as much. Just focus on not being overly expressive with your facial muscles (other than smiling!) and making sure to moisturize daily.
7 You Can Get Rid of Cellulite
Cellulite is fat deposited underneath the surface of the skin that gives an uneven and dimpling look. All body types and sizes seem to have one thing in common: the appearance of cellulite. There is no way to get rid of cellulite completely, even with liposuction. Many creams, massage treatments and other "remedies" are short term at best. Exercise and healthy diet are the best way to reduce the appearance of cellulite long term, but if you have it, most likely it will always be there to some degree.
I hope these skin care truths shed some light on some well-known myths and half truths that are out there! Would you like to share any skin care questions and/or answers to common skin care myths that you may know of?
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