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Skincare is an important part of maintaining a healthy and youthful appearance as well as boosting skin longevity. However, it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction when it comes to various skincare myths and misconceptions. These four myths are some of the most common when it comes to our beliefs about skincare. 

Busting 2023 Skincare Myths

Myth #1: More is better

One of the most common skincare myths is that using more products will give you better results. While it may seem logical that applying more moisturizer or using more exfoliating scrubs will improve your skin, the opposite is true. Overuse of products can damage your skin. When this happens, it can cause dryness, irritation, and breakouts. This also applies to choosing products with high ingredient percentages.

Though you might well think that a higher percentage of the active ingredient automatically equals a better product, that isn’t always the case. This, according to cosmetic chemist Gloria Lu, is particularly true when it comes to active ingredients that can cause irritation such as retinol or glycolic acid. 

Why less is more when it comes to skincare

Too many products can cause irritation

Using too many products can cause irritation and dryness, making your skin worse instead of better. It’s important to use a limited number of products that are tailored to your specific skin type and concerns.

Overuse of exfoliants can damage your skin

Exfoliating can be beneficial for your skin, but overdoing it can cause irritation and even damage to your skin. Excessive exfoliation can strip your skin of its natural oils, leaving it dry and vulnerable to irritation. It’s important to use exfoliants in moderation and avoid over-exfoliating.

Large quantities of products can clog your pores

Using too many products can clog your pores, leading to breakouts and uneven skin tone. It’s important to use products that are non-comedogenic, which means they won’t clog your pores.

Less is more cost-effective

Using fewer products is not only better for your skin, but it’s also more cost-effective. By focusing on a few essential products that work for your skin, you can save money without sacrificing the health of your skin.

Simplicity is key

Keep in mind that less is more. Try to stick to a simple routine that works for you. A simple routine that you can stick to is more beneficial than a complicated one that you can’t maintain.

Myth #2: Sunscreen isn’t always necessary

Many people believe that they only need to use sunscreen when they’re spending time at the beach or swimming in a pool. This is one of the most prevalent skincare myths out there. The truth is that it’s important to use sunscreen every day.

Regardless of whether you will be outside or not. The sun’s UV rays can penetrate through windows and cause damage to your skin. It’s therefore important to protect yourself even when you’re inside as we are constantly exposed to artificial blue light from computers and phones. 

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Why sunscreen is so important for protecting your skin

  • Protection against UV rays: The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause damage to your skin, leading to premature aging, wrinkles, and even skin cancer. Sunscreen works by blocking UV rays, protecting your skin from this damage.
  • Avoid sunburns: Sunburns are not only painful, but they can also increase your risk of skin cancer. Sunscreen helps to prevent sunburns by blocking UV rays and reducing the amount of UV radiation that reaches your skin.
  • Helps prevent dark spots and other signs of aging: UV rays can cause dark spots and uneven pigmentation on your skin, which can be difficult to get rid of. Sunscreen helps to prevent these dark spots by blocking UV rays and protecting your skin from uneven pigmentation.
  • Using it can help to prevent skin cancer: Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States, and UV rays are a major risk factor. Regular use of sunscreen can help reduce your risk of skin cancer by blocking UV rays and protecting your skin.
  • Make sure you use it year-round: Many people think that they only need to use sunscreen when it’s hot and sunny outside, but the truth is that UV rays can reach your skin even on cloudy days. It’s important to use sunscreen every day, regardless of the weather, to protect your skin from UV rays.

It’s recommended to use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, and to apply it every two hours or after swimming or sweating. You should also use sunscreen on all exposed areas of your skin, including your face, ears, neck, and hands. Here’s what you need to look for in a sunscreen.

Myth #3: Oily skin doesn’t need moisturizer

This is another common part of skincare myths that can’t be further from the truth. Oily skin still needs moisture to maintain its balance, and using a lightweight moisturizer can help to control excess oil production. Oily skin can be a frustrating and difficult condition to deal with, but with the right skincare routine, you can keep your skin looking and feeling healthy. Here’s a breakdown of what causes oily skin, and how to manage it.

What causes it?

Oily skin is caused by an overproduction of sebum, which is a natural oil that our skin produces to keep it moisturized. When our bodies produce too much sebum, it can cause our pores to become clogged, leading to breakouts and a shiny appearance. Hormonal changes, genetics, and certain medications can all contribute to oily skin.

How to manage your oily skin

Cleanse twice a day

It’s important to keep your skin clean, but be mindful of using harsh soaps and cleansers that can strip your skin of its natural oils. Instead, opt for a gentle, oil-free cleanser that will remove excess oil without over-drying your skin.

Exfoliate regularly

Exfoliating helps to remove dead skin cells and unclog pores, which can reduce the appearance of breakouts. However, be careful not to overdo it, as excessive exfoliation can make oily skin worse. Stick to exfoliating once or twice a week. Using a gentle chemical exfoliator can help to reveal new, bright skin without damage.

Try a toner

A toner can help to remove any remaining impurities after cleansing and balance the pH levels of your skin. Look for toners that contain salicylic acid or witch hazel, which are known to help control oil production.

Moisturize

Even though you may think that oily skin doesn’t need moisturizer, it’s important to keep your skin hydrated. Look for oil-free, lightweight moisturizers that will keep your skin moisturized without clogging your pores.

Opt for a face mask

Using a face mask once a week can help to absorb excess oil, and leave your skin feeling clean and refreshed. Look for face masks that contain ingredients like clay or charcoal, which are known to absorb excess oil.

Use sunscreen

Sunscreen is essential for all skin types, but it’s especially important for oily skin. Sun damage can lead to more oil production, so make sure to use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every day.

Myth #4: Expensive products are better

Just because a skincare product is expensive doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better for your skin. Marketing In fact, many affordable products are just as effective as their more expensive counterparts. It’s important to read the ingredients list and look for products that contain ingredients that are known to be effective for your skin type. Expensive skincare products aren’t always the solution to achieving healthy, beautiful skin. Here are a few reasons why:

Expensive doesn’t always mean better

Just because a skincare product is expensive doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better for your skin. In fact, many affordable products are just as effective as their more expensive counterparts. It’s important to read the ingredients list and look for products that contain ingredients that are known to be effective for your skin type, regardless of the price tag.

They can contain harmful ingredients

Some expensive skincare products can contain harmful ingredients that can damage your skin. It’s important to read the ingredient list carefully and avoid products that contain ingredients like parabens, phthalates, and sulfates, which can cause irritation and allergic reactions.

High-end doesn’t always mean high-quality

Many expensive skincare products are high-end due to their packaging, branding, and marketing. Not because of the quality of their ingredients. It’s important to do your research and read reviews from other customers to get a better idea of the product’s effectiveness.

Overpriced skincare products can be a waste of money

Many people who invest in expensive skincare products end up not using them, or not using them consistently, which can be a waste of money. It’s important to find products that work for your skin, and that you will use on a regular basis.

They can’t replace a healthy lifestyle

Skincare products can help to improve the appearance of your skin, but they can’t replace a healthy lifestyle. Eating a balanced diet, drinking plenty of water, getting enough sleep, and exercising regularly are all important for maintaining healthy skin.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that you should completely avoid more expensive products. Some more expensive options do offer substantial benefits. Make sure to do your own research when it comes to choosing products. 

The Takeaway

Remember that everyone’s skin is different, and what works for one person may not work for another. Whether a specific product or skincare regime is expensive or not often doesn’t matter. The most important thing that you can do for your skin is to choose products that work for you. Make sure that you cleanse, moisturize and treat your skin correctly for your skin type – no matter what skincare myths you used to believe.

Whether your skin is dry, oily or combination can make a big difference to how well your routine works. Applying sunscreen with a reasonably high SPF every day is a must. It’s vital to remember that you should be applying it whether you are going out into the sun or not. Most importantly, consult a dermatologist if you have any concerns about your skin and how to best care for it. 

Read more about skincare myths

Dr. Fayne Frey explains to Longevity during a #WellnessWednesday interview why most skin care products are unnecessary to have good skin. Read more here

References

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/cosmetic-chemists-debunk-common-skin-care-myths
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Katie Hart

Katie Hart is a successful health, beauty and fashion blogger with a BA in Fashion Media at LISOF. Her hobbies include styling, reading, true crime podcasts and singing. She is a lover of all things fashion and beauty, but is happiest when sitting with her mini Maltese, Aria.

The content in this editorial is for general information only and is not intended to provide medical or other professional advice. For more information on your medical condition and treatment options, speak to your healthcare professional.

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