Believing certain information is a difficult thing to do nowadays. We live in a world of constant information, and it’s quite hard to differentiate facts from myths. And yet, we do believe everything we see online, which can be pretty dangerous if it’s about our health or skincare. There are many things that people believe are true as far as skincare goes, but we are here to debunk false myths. Take a look at the most popular skincare myths and the actual truth behind them.
Myth: Your skin won’t be affected by the food you eat
Many people all around the world simply believe that eating whatever they like won’t be visible on other parts of their body (except their tummy). However, this is far from true, as it’s true that you are what you eat. At least 1 of 4 people eat junk food every day, and it affects their skin in the form of acne, puffiness and even redness. Fast food, for example, is very high in sugar and fat and both of them together can cause the inflammation of the skin and damage the collagen and elastin. It’s not only face problems that junk food can cause; there are other health problems that would be very difficult to solve if you don’t pay attention to what you eat. What you can do is drink plenty of water to flush out toxins and eat foods rich in omega-3 to improve the collagen and elastin in your skin.
Myth: If you use hot water you will cleanse your pores more easily
This is probably the myth that most people believe, but pores are not windows that can open and close whenever you please. Moreover, hot water can cause damage to the skin, making it dehydrated or trigger an existing sensitivity, or in the worst-case scenario, making your skin too oily (as it produces oil as a defense mechanism). It’s true, however, that during facials, controlled heat is applied through steam to make the skin softer and let the products penetrate deeper into the skin, but it’s not because your pores open and close.
Myth: You can easily scrub the oil and acne away
According to many Estheticians, this is a skincare myth that they hear very often. However, they say that cleansing too often, using much pressure and over-exfoliating the skin can cause even bigger problems. The bacteria that are causing acne lies deep under the skin, and cleaning and exfoliating will not make them go away. The best cure would be to use high-quality sensitive skincare that will penetrate deep into the skin and make the problem go away. You need to find good products that are made exactly for your type of skin, and cleanse your face and exfoliate in normal doses. Moreover, if you strip your face of oil, you will make it produce even more of it, so it’s of crucial importance that you deal with this issue carefully.
Myth: My base tan can protect me from sunburns
Have one thing in mind: there is no thing such as safe tan. No matter how much tan you already have, you always need to use sunscreen. What few people know is that any kind of tan is a sign of skin damage, as it responds to UV rays. Moreover, any tanning increases the risk of skin cancer and other skin problems. This is why you simply have to use sunscreen anytime you’re out in the sun – the UV rays can go deeper into the skin causing premature aging, or even cancer.
Myth: I don’t have to wear sunscreen on a cloudy day
Logically, why would you wear sunscreen on a day without sun? However, don’t be sure that because it’s cloudy, there are no UV rays coming right at you. The clouds are barriers that diffuse only the smallest amount of sun-rays, making all the other invisible, but yet very powerful. If you’ve spent a cloudy day at a beach without sunscreen, you might have figured this out when you came home and saw redness on your skin. What’s also quite interesting is that 80% of sun-rays come through on cloudy days, so don’t let your body accumulate this and cause bigger problems.
Perhaps we’re not Mythbusters, but we hope that we solved some of the skincare myths that you might have believed in. Make sure to take everything you read into account, and change your routine accordingly!
So Sassy Peeps, what Skincare Myths have you heard? Inquiring minds would love to know!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Claire Hastings is a wanderer and a writer. She writes as long as she can remember, and she is very passionate about fashion, running, other cultures, and her cat.
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