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The 7 most popular skincare myths
7 Most Common Skincare Myths
You are concerned about your skin and want to do everything you can to keep it healthy and glowing at any age. You make an effort to stay current on skincare trends and product information. However, some of the information you read and hear about beauty might not be supported by fact; perhaps you can identify some of the myths below.
Your skin can become immune to skincare products.
Theoretically, much as your body’s biological sensitivity to some medications can wane when they are administered regularly or repeatedly, your skin may grow desensitized to some active substances. The only time this phenomena occurs with skincare is when using topical steroids to treat illnesses like psoriasis and eczema.
It is most likely retinoids that are to blame for this widespread misperception (Vitamin A). Most consumers think that retinol creams “stop functioning” after a while, thus their dermatologists recommend a greater concentration after three months because of this belief. However, you will start to see less peeling and redness since your skin is just developing a tolerance for the ingredient’s negative effects.
The product continues to function as effectively as it did at first.
If you use skin care products that are suited to your skin type, and made with high quality, well-tolerated ingredients, they will continue to benefit your skin. However, you should adjust your regime according to your skin’s needs as they inevitably change over time. As the body’s cell regeneration slows down, skin loses its ability to stay naturally hydrated. So, a cream that worked well in your twenties might no longer be nourishing and hydrating enough in your thirties. Also, the simple fact that your skin becomes more dehydrated might mean that products no longer penetrate as well as they used to. Using a gentle exfoliating product twice a week will help remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin and improve product efficacy. Your favorite serum or cream might also just have lost its efficacy due to ingredient breakdown. All active ingredients break down in cosmetic formulations over time, so make sure not to hold on to products that are past their prime. Ideally, look for products that have a clearly marked expiry date to make sure the formula is still potent when you use it.
If you start using anti-aging products too soon, it will make it hard for you to find effective products later.
Skin does not develop a dependence on a certain substance or become “lazy.”
Your best skincare regimen will be based on your particular skin issues. For someone in their early 20s, a thick anti-aging cream will probably be too heavy, but if they have really dry skin, it might be the best option. The word “anti-aging” is incredibly ambiguous and frequently used.
While components that stimulate cellular turnover, like as retinoids, may not be beneficial for young skin, vitamin C may be an ideal choice because of its antioxidant characteristics, which shield the skin from UV and environmental harm.
A sufficient skincare routine for young skin could be as simple as:
- Cleanse with a product with gentle exfoliating properties,
- Moisturize and
- Apply sun protection.
With time, more products can be added to meet the needs of more mature skin: face serum, face oil, face mist, moisturizing mask, and/or eye cream.
You will adapt and add to the regimen along the way – perhaps a foaming cleanser was perfect when you were younger, but a more nourishing cream cleanser is a better choice with age.
The higher the SPF of your sunscreen, the better protection your skin gets.
The SPF rating indicates how long it would take the sun’s UVB rays to cause your skin to become reddened if you used the product exactly as instructed as opposed to how long if you didn’t use any sunscreen. Therefore, in theory, you would burn 30 times slower with SPF 30 and 50 times slower with SPF 50 than you would if you weren’t wearing sunscreen. Another way to look at this is to note that whereas SPF 50 blocks 98% of UVB rays, SPF 30 blocks 97% of UVB rays. This is a significant statistical difference in an ideal laboratory setting; SPF 30 enables 50% more UV rays to pass onto your skin than SPF 50. But there is a big “but” here. Sunscreen is never used in ideal laboratory conditions. In real-life conditions high SPF numbers often give people a false sense of security. They use less of the product, forget to reapply and do not seek shade. All factors that lead to damaging levels of UVB and UVA exposure.
Sun damage is the primary cause of skin aging, making daily usage of sunscreen far more crucial than the SPF rating. Additionally, a broad-spectrum mineral sunscreen without possibly dangerous chemical sun filters is recommended.
Because the chemicals are not absorbed into the skin itself, mineral sunscreen protects against the entire spectrum of UV radiation and is typically well tolerated by sensitive skin. Physical filters found in mineral sunscreens, on the other hand, remain on the skin’s surface and block UV rays. This also implies that your skin is shielded as soon as you apply mineral sunscreen.
Mineral sunscreen formulations are better than ever before. Previously, they were white, thick, and pasty – but new technology gives us mineral sunscreens that are clear and invisible on the skin. Some even have added innovative ingredients that give beautiful complexions that minimize the need for foundation.
Combining SPF30 with clothing, sunglasses and a hat is ideal for optimal sun protection.
Everyone will eventually get age spots as they get older.
Thankfully, this is untrue! Age spots are actually caused by years of sun exposure rather than by the aging process itself.
Simply said, if you protect your skin from sun damage, you will also prevent age spots. Avoid tanning booths, stay out of the sun when the UV index is high, reapply sunscreen every two hours or after swimming, and wear clothes that covers your skin.
Melasma, also known as hyperpigmentation, is a skin condition that is frequently brought on by hormonal fluctuations and made worse by exposure to the sun. Women are more likely than men to have hyperpigmentation, which is particularly noticeable on the forehead, chin, and area above the upper lip.
Specific skincare products can be used to cure and reduce the pigmented regions. One tried-and-true, well-liked, and incredibly powerful substance, vitamin C, does wonders for skin discolouration!
Excellent anti-inflammatory and anti-aging qualities are possessed by vitamin C.
The natural regeneration process of your skin is supported by this component, which aids in the body’s repair of damaged skin cells.Due to the high acidity of vitamin C, the formation of collagen and elastin—natural protein fibers that have firming and plumping properties—is accelerated, which helps the skin recover itself.
But vitamin C is particularly intriguing since it helps to block the generation of melanin (which causes skin discoloration like dark spots and hyperpigmentation) by inhibiting the enzyme tyrosinase. This dramatically reduces pigmentation without lightening healthy skin. With continued use, Vitamin C helps prevent dark spots from forming in the first place.
You don’t need Sunscreen if your make-up has SPF in it
Wearing foudation with SPF is good, but a single thin layer of maekup should not be the only preventive measure in protecting your face from harmful UV rays.
You must apply a thicker coating of makeup to your skin than is typically recommended in order to get the SPF that is listed on your makeup product.
SPF 50 makeup applied lightly won’t offer sufficient protection. According to some doctors, you need to use 10–15 times as much product as you typically would to get the claimed SPF. SPF-containing cosmetics are intended as an additional layer of sun protection rather than as the only option. As a base instead, use a decent face cream that offers sun protection before applying your makeup. Applying a thick, even coating of broad-spectrum SPF 30 face cream will aid in skin protection. Prior to applying your makeup, let this product absorb and settle for a few minutes. Keep in mind to frequently touch up.
The harder the scrub the better
Exfoliation is a vital step in a good skincare routine to remove the dead cells accumulating on top of the skin. As we age, this issue increases as cellular turnover decreases. A good exfoliation routine will ensure that you get more out of your skincare products and obtain a more hydrated, radiant, smoother, and younger looking skin.
It can be tempting to aggressively exfoliate, but most facial scrubs using coarse particles can cause harm to the skin with micro-tears. The same can be the case with overuse of abrasive cleansing brushes. If you exfoliate too often or too roughly, you weaken the skin’s natural protective barrier and make it more prone to infections, clogged pores, and free radicals.
Be gentle with your exfoliating treatments. If you love the feel of granular particles on the skin, go for a gentle, non-abrasive scrub that will not cause damage.
Increasingly popular are exfoliants that do not use physical particles, such as AHA (e.g. lactic acid, glycolic acid), BHA (salicylic acid), or enzyme peels from fruit extracts. These type of exfoliants penetrate deeper without the damaging tears, and work by loosening the bonds between the cells, so that they wash away and exposes fresh layers of skin.
Some exfoliators, such as Supreme Polishing Treatment, make use of both types of exfoliating technologies, with gentle scrubbing particles blended in an enzyme base. This is ideal for people with combination skin, because you can apply just the enzyme base to the sensitive areas like cheeks and add the exfoliating particles to the T-zone. Depending on your skin type you can exfoliate daily – with a mild cleanser with exfoliating ingredients from fruit enzymes for example – or 1-2 times a week with a slightly more concentrated exfoliating product.
Do not miss this step in your skincare routine but be conscious of what products you select.
The products you use in skincare should tingle or feel cool
You want your skincare product to be effective, so if you can feel it working, it must be nice, right? You should cease using a product right once if it causes your skin to burn, get red and swollen, or become burned. A brief physical sensation of a few seconds is acceptable, but anything that lasts longer than that indicates irritation and is not something you want to regularly expose your skin to. Alcohol is frequently responsible for cooling or tingling sensations from products when it evaporates off the skin.
In general, this chemical is not the best choice for delicate skin because it can be drying. Ingredients like menthol and peppermint, which are typically found in shaving creams or shower gels, may be responsible for other cold feelings.These components are best used in rinse-off products because they can irritate skin when applied topically.
Skincare products should, in general, be comfortable to use and protect the delicate balance of your skin’s health. Any products that might disturb that equilibrium should be avoided.