Are you following some of the many skin care myths floating out there? There are lots of skin care myths and untruths, and I’m here to help you decode and debunk them! Sometimes there are certain skin care tips that are trendy, but we later learn that it’s not the best way to go. Skin care is one of the most important things to a woman, so we don’t want to mess around when it comes to our skin! Check out some of these common skin care myths with me below!
1. All of Your Wrinkles Form by the Time You’re 25 Years Old
This is one of the skin care myths I really wish were true! Unfortunately, there are other things we do that can affect our skin and cause wrinkles later in life. For example, sun exposure, certain facial expressions and other lifestyle choices can affect the way our skin looks. The main cause of wrinkles is due to a loss of collagen, and while our bodies produce less collagen as we get older, this isn’t this only the factor in the formation of wrinkles.
2. The Higher the SPF in Your Sunscreen, the Better
I can see why many people would believe this skin myth because it sounds reasonable. But, higher SPF doesn’t equal better protection for our skin. There are 3 different types of ultraviolet rays, with UVA and UVB being the most significant regarding our skin care and health. The SPF in most sunscreens refers to the amount of protection it offers from UVB rays and sunburns. So, we need to look for sunscreens that offer broad spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB rays with an SPF of at least 15.
3. Dry Skin Causes Wrinkles
As we learned previously, wrinkles are caused by a decrease of collagen production in our skin and not necessarily our skin type. Using a moisturizer can help our skin look a little smoother and more moisturized, but in the end no amount of moisturizer can prevent wrinkles from forming or decrease them in any way. Moisturizing is an important part of your skin care routine but in order to prevent and treat wrinkles, cream is not the way to go!
4. You Only Need Sunscreen when You’re in the Sun
It sounds sensible to only wear sunscreen when you’re going to be outside for long periods or when it’s super sunny out, but that’s not the case! Wearing sunscreen is an all-day, every-day type of thing because ultraviolet rays can reach our skin even on the cloudiest of days. Facial sunscreen doesn’t have to be thick and goopy; there are lots of lightweight sunscreens for your face that feel just like a face cream!
5. Our Pores Open and Close
I always believed that our pores had the ability to open and close, or at least I wanted to believe that they did! According to oculoplastic surgeon Matheson A. Harris, MD, our pores are always open in order to allow us to sweat. The only time pores appear to be closed is when they’re full of sebum or oil and they get clogged. He further states that steam can help soften the oils in clogged pores, but they don’t have any muscles so they can’t close!
6. If You Have Oily or Acne-prone Skin, You Shouldn’t Use Moisturizer
We typically associate moisturizer with parched skin, but a variety of skin types can benefit from it! If you’re hesitant to add moisturizer to your skin care routine because you have oily or acne-prone skin, don’t be! Most moisturizers don’t clog our pores or cause acne, and dermatologist Francesca Fusco, MD states that moisturizers can decrease breakouts because having flaky, dry skin can cause pores to clog and trigger acne!
7. It’s Best to Get the Pus out of Pimples and Pop It
Popping pimples is one of those grossly irresistible things in skin care that we sometimes can’t resist. I know I’m guilty of messing with my skin when I should just leave it be! If you’ve ever heard that it’s good for your skin to get the pus out of pimples, don’t believe the hype! Popping the zit can actually cause the pus to go in deeper, and cause inflammation that can later lead to scarring. If you just can’t keep your hands off, dermatologist Sandy Johnson, MD recommends using a comedone extracting tool (the long metal tool with a loop at the end) to gently roll across your skin and remove the pimple.
8. Cocoa Butter Prevents Stretch Marks
Cocoa butter has long been touted as kind of a miracle cream that prevents stretch marks from pregnancy, but don’t stock up on the cream just yet. Most skin care experts will agree that genetics have a whole lot more to do with getting or not getting stretch marks than what a lotion can do. Cocoa butter can do a great job moisturizing your skin, but as far as preventing our skin’s elastic fibers from stretching, that’s a bit of a stretch.
Caring for your skin is an important part of your beauty routine, so make sure you do some research if you hear some skin care tips or trends that don’t sound true or that sound too good to be true. Have you heard any of these skin care myths before?