Skin care is one of the most popular topics on the internet today but unfortunately, there’s an overload of info and it’s tough to sort out the fact from the myths. Many sites have contradicting information so when you look for answers to your skin care queries, you are likely to land up even more confused than before. Dermatologists often complain about how bogus advice is bandied about and many websites copy off each other, which means that this misinformation spreads quickly until most people accept it as the truth. According to dermatologists, here’s some of the worst skin care advice they’ve ever heard and why you shouldn’t believe it.
7 Common Skin Care Myths
1. All-Natural Products Are Always Safe
“Do you remember your friends rubbing Khaj Khujli pods onto you when you were a kid – the memory of the hours of stinging and itching should convince you that not all plants are gentle!”
In a world where everything from the food we eat to the air we breathe is chockfull of dangerous chemicals, we tend to think of all-natural skin care products as safe and gentle. This is one of the worst beauty mistakes you can make; just because something is natural it does not mean that it is safe. Do you remember your friends rubbing Khaj Khujli pods onto you when you were a kid – the memory of the hours of stinging and itching should convince you that not all plants are gentle!
Whether you buy all-natural products or make your own beauty products, find out if all the ingredients in your beauty product are safe and research the possible side effects of each one. For instance, fresh aloe vera gel can help to soothe your skin. However, this only holds true for the clear gel at the center of the leaf; the yellow latex that is closer to the skin of the leaf is an irritant and can cause a severe allergic reaction.
2. SPF Is For Summer Only
“Even on overcast days, the sunlight that does come through is enough to cause lasting photodamage”
You need to use sunscreen not only on your summer vacation, but throughout the year. Although you might be tempted to skip sunscreen in winter, keep in mind that just because it is cold, it does not mean that the UV rays of the sun won’t damage your skin. Furthermore, you also need sunscreen during the monsoons. Even on overcast days, the sunlight that does come through is enough to cause lasting photodamage. Use a sunscreen lotion with an SPF of 30 or higher that offers broad-spectrum protection.
3. Exfoliate Every Day To Get Rid Of Acne Scars
“Exfoliation is not easy on your skin, so exfoliating on a daily basis will cause skin irritation and can make your skin dry and flaky”
Exfoliation helps to slough off dead skin cells from the surface of your skin and it will increase the effectiveness of the skin care creams that you use. However, exfoliation is not easy on your skin, so exfoliating on a daily basis will cause skin irritation and can make your skin dry and flaky. When exfoliating your skin, make sure that you do not use pressure but instead use gentle circular motions to cleanse your skin. Exfoliate your skin just once a week and add natural remedies for acne scars such as lemon juice to your beauty regimen to get rid of blemishes.
4. Oily Skin Does Not Require A Moisturizer
“Moisturizer will not add to the oil on your skin but instead, it will help to improve the amount of water your skin retains which will keep your skin soft and supple”
If you have oily skin, you might be tempted to skip your moisturizer but this is not a wise move. If you have oily skin, use a cleanser at least twice a day to get rid of excess oil and grime but make sure that you use a moisturizer after that. Your moisturizer will not add to the oil on your skin but instead, it will help to improve the amount of water your skin retains which will keep your skin soft and supple. If you have sensitive skin, you can dip a ball of cotton in a teaspoon of almond milk and dab your entire face with it. Almond milk contains a variety of vitamins and healthy fatty acids and you can use this homemade moisturizer instead of a branded product.
5. Wash Oily Skin With Hot Water To Get Rid Of The Excess Oil
“Hot water will strip your skin of all oils and leave it rough and dry, encouraging the sebaceous glands to produce even more oil”
No matter how oily your skin is, you should never use hot water to wash your face. Hot water will strip your skin of all oils and leave it rough and dry. This will trigger your sebaceous glands to produce more sebum (natural oil) and in a couple of hours you will find that your skin is oilier than ever. Use warm water and a cleanser to wash your skin thoroughly and then gently dab it dry with a towel before applying a moisturizer. Don’t rub your face with your towel as this would stimulate your oil glands and make them produce more oil.
6. People With Dark Skin Don’t Require Sunscreen
“While higher mealnin gives you better skin protection, this does not mean that people with dark skin are completely protected from UV damage”
It is true that dark skin is not as affected by UV as compared to fair skin but that does not mean that people with dark skin do not require sunscreen. People with dark skin have higher amounts of melanin in their skin and this dark pigment offers protection from UV radiation. However, this does not mean that people with dark skin are completely protected from UV damage which is why you should use sunscreen even if you have a darker skin tone. In recent years, coconut oil has gained attention as a natural skin care and sunscreen lotion. However, dermatologists are quick to point out that coconut oil has an SPF of 4 as compared to a regular sunscreen lotion that has an SPF of 30 or more.
7. Hypoallergenic Products Cannot Irritate Your Skin
“The term hypoallergenic means that the product is not as likely to cause an allergic reaction as compared to other products, but this doesnt mean that every hypoallergenic product is safe, as the term is not regulated”
The term hypoallergenic has become increasingly common and it can even be found on some of the worst skin care products in the market today! The term hypoallergenic means that the product is not as likely to cause an allergic reaction as compared to other products. Since the term is not regulated, just about every skin care brand has jumped on to the “hypoallergenic bandwagon”. This is why it is not wise to assume that a hypoallergenic skin care product is gentle and safe. The best way to test a new beauty product is to dab a small amount of the lotion on the inside of your forearm and wait for a day. The skin on the inside of your forearm is about as delicate as your facial skin so if there is even the slightest hint of any irritation, you should not use the product.
So, now that you are enlightened, you can save yourself from a lot of skin care woes that result from misinformation and myths about skin care. Just remember, whenever you are in doubt or are skeptical about information that you find online, check with a dermatologist before making changes or adopting a new skin care regime.