Myths About Skincare: Separating Fact from Fiction

Myths About Skincare

Myths About Skincare: Separating Fact from Fiction

It is probably safe to say that everyone is looking to achieve clear, healthy, and radiant skin. However, when it comes to skincare, you don’t always want to believe everything you hear. There are many misconceptions and myths about skincare floating around, and there’s more to it than spending money on skincare products and cleansing your face every day.

Did you know that certain skincare myths have the ability to cause harm? To help you discern fact from fiction, so you can protect your skin, continue reading to learn more about the myths about skincare.

Myth: Acne can occur from not washing your face

Fact: When it comes to hygiene, it does play a role, but not the leading role that you think. When a person has a breakout, it’s generally caused by clogged pores, bacteria, inflammation, oil production, stress, hormones, and even diet. While not washing your face doesn’t help, that alone will not cause acne.

Myth: You need to exfoliate

Fact: While using your favorite sugar scrub can make your legs feel smooth and moisturized, it isn’t a necessary action. Once a month, your skin sheds keratinocytes, so exfoliation is not needed. So all of those facials, peels, and sugar scrubs are unnecessary since your skin does it on its own.

Myth: Higher SPF means better protection

Fact: Just looking for a sunscreen with a high SPF doesn’t necessarily mean it will do a better job of protecting your skin. Generally, SPF only protects against UVB rays, the rays that can cause sunburn, but there are still the UVA and UVC rays to worry about too. So, look for a sunscreen with not just a high SPF but is a broad spectrum to help fully protect your skin.

Myth: I do not need sunscreen on a cloudy day

Fact: Even on a cloudy day, you can still get sunburnt, especially if you are sensitive to the sun and have a tendency to burn easily. Ultraviolet radiation from the sun doesn’t get blocked just because there is cloud coverage. It can still easily reach the earth. So make sure you always wear sunscreen, even on a cloudy day.

Myth: You don’t burn as quickly when you had a spray tan done

Fact: Changing your skin color by having a fake tan applied does not protect you against sunburn. This layer of color does not provide a “base tan” and will not act as a shield against sunburn. In fact, it can make it worse since it can be more challenging to see your skin turning red as it sunburns.

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