There is always some rumor spreading about the newest skin care trick or tip that is certain to take years off your appearance. Myths also abound in this area. We avoid certain foods, products, and activities based on some ephemeral idea that it causes, say, acne, wrinkles, or freckles. But the next time you pass on chocolate because it causes pimples think to yourself, “how do I know it causes acne?” Chances are you heard it through the grapevine and accepted it as truth. Well now we’re going to separate some facts from some fiction. In this article we’ll be taking a look at some common skin care myths. By learning more about this topic you can find better ways to care for your skin!
Cleaner Skin Is Healthier Skin
Let me first say that this statement is generally true. Please, people, keep your skin clean and bathe. You read more about the best facial cleansers here. But the myth that surrounds this statement is also important to note. People overzealously wash, scrub, and soap their skin because they feel it will stay younger, look better, and prevent signs of aging. This is categorically false. Washing your face more than once a day can actually cause damage to your skin because it dries it out and irritates the pores. Your body creates natural oils that are good for your skin, but overwashing can eliminate these oils. This myth is generated by feeling: just because washing makes your skin feel tighter does not mean it’s a good thing.
Injections Prevent Wrinkles
I don’t quite remember when the whole injection craze hit, perhaps twenty or thirty years ago, but it changed the cosmetics industry. It was a fast and simple way to reduce wrinkles, especially in the forehead, and it quickly became the miracle treatment that every wanted. The myth, however, is that injections like botulinum toxin are a long term solution. Sure, injections remove wrinkles almost instantly, but the results are temporary. As always, the best solution is protection, not treatment. Proper skin protection is so much more reliable than any injection. Click here to learn more about the best wrinkle reducers.
You Are What You Eat
This myth was probably carried over from your teenage years. Maybe you were complaining about the constant battle with pimples and your mother told you it would help to stop eating junk food. The reason for this is that some foods, like chocolate and other sugary foods, lead to inflammation. In some research, there is a link between acne and inflammatory foods. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to this, however. Some people experience a reaction, others don’t. The key is figuring out which foods trigger your acne and testing results when you eliminate that food from your diet.
You Can’t Mix, You Can’t Match
A lot of people think that you can’t use two skin care products simultaneously. Furthermore, clever marketing schemes have made it appear that is bad to use two products from different brands. This myth is exactly that: clever marketing. This myth is a little more complicated, however. While it’s true that most skin care products are fine to mix, there are some that you probably shouldn’t. Glycerin-based moisturizers are fine, for instance, but those with active ingredients may cause irritation. For example, using two different kinds of retinols, salicylic acid, or peptide products may cause irritation.
Tanning Booths Are Safe
We all that beautiful glow that comes off your skin during the summer months. It looks so healthy and attractive, how could tanning be bad for you? Don’t get me wrong, Vitamin D is an essential nutrient and it’s good to get some sun, but overexposure is a huge problem and will certain ly cause you skin damage. But what about tanning booths? Some of these places claim that they are perfectly safe to use because they filter out the UVB rays. This is deceiving because UVB rays are those that do give you a sunburn. So when you leave without a sunburn you think everything is fine. This is not the case. UVA rays still penetrate the skin in tanning booths, which penetrate the skin deeper and still cause cellular damage.