We’ve all been there, whether it was using those harsh acne pads that would burn our faces when we were younger, sleeping with makeup on, even tanning our skin with the wonderful tanning oils with zero protection. Now that we have more knowledge and experience of the do’s and don’ts of skincare we can make sure we are taking the best care of our skin. With so many people and ‘experts’ giving you tips and tricks including my favorite celeb Sandra Bullock raving about the benefits of a new trend…Foreskin Facials (if you haven’t heard about it look it up…pretty interesting but I’ll skip!). With so many suggestions there has to be some skincare myths thrown in, so let’s settle some of these common misconceptions.
1. YOU BEGIN USING ANTI-AGING PRODUCTS AFTER MENOPAUSE.
It’s never too young to start the basics of skincare keeping your skin protected from the sun and moisturized but as for anti-aging products it’s a little different. It’s suggested that as early as your mid 20’s applying eye cream, serums and products designed for anti-aging will help slow down the hands of time. If a person is younger with oilier or acne prone skin using these products that are intended to provide moisture to dry skin will find aggravating even causing breakouts.
2. USING ALCOHOL ON YOUR FACE KEEPS SKIN CLEAN AND HEALTHY.
While alcohol is an antiseptic, it’s also a product that can also damage your skin. Although alcohol has been able to reduce the size and severity of acne by drying it out, the removal of moisture may become damaging leading to further breakouts amongst other things. The purpose of alcohol on the skin was to fight bacteria and wound cleaning but using for other purposes will cause your skin to produce extra oil to makeup for that moisture lost which will clog pores. Using alcohol on your face may cause sore, angry skin that also appears dry and flakey… (definitely not attractive.)
3. IN ORDER TO HAVE HEALTHY SKIN YOU MUST WASH YOUR FACE MULTIPLE TIMES A DAY.
Every morning and every night you must properly cleanse your face from dead skin cells, bacteria and excess oils. It is even suggested after a workout or after breaking a sweat to cleanse your face (although I do this with just water to avoid overly using cleanser on my skin). When cleansing your face multiple times a day, it will begin to dry your skin while it removes oils which will make lines and wrinkles more prominent including the appearance of cracked skin.
4. YOU CAN’T USE MOISTURIZER ON OILY SKIN.
It doesn’t matter your age or skin type you need to keep your skin healthy by hydrating and moisturizing. Excessive cleansing may damage your skin’s moisture barrier while you lose too much hydration. When your skin loses its much needed moisture it’s going to do what it can to regain it including producing more oil even after cleansing the skin. Those with oily skin will continue to wash their faces and use products meant for their skin type.
5. THE MORE RETINOL YOU USE THE MORE RADIANT YOUR SKIN WILL APPEAR.
Too much of a good thing is not always better. The benefits of retinol are the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles becoming decreased, the appearance of the texture of your skin appears more youthful and sun damage may be reversed…so why not use a bit extra? Skin can become irritated and angry with certain products whether it may be too strong or an allergic reaction. Over using retinol will not only dry your skin out, it may cause red, cracked and peeling skin.
6. THE MORE EXPENSIVE THE PRODUCT THE BETTER IT WORKS.
Not always. The better the product does not mean the higher the price tag. The high end department store Neiman Marcus has a popular skin cream that some famous names use but for over $2,100 for a 16 oz. jar, I better have my own personal Esthetician giving me facials for the year as well! Yes, there are some products that are more costly that work very well but there is no such thing as a ‘magic cream’. The results may happen sooner than the affordable ones but the price tag usually includes some premium ingredients that aren’t the healthiest for your skin but may aggravate problematic skin. Those price tags typically include the packaging, advertising, branding and even the name. I don’t know about you, but I can care less what the name of the products I use are as long as they effectively work. This is why my go to is goPure Beauty.
7. NO MORE ACNE AFTER MENOPAUSE.
For those of you who are nearing the change or have been going through it you may find that your skin may breakout on occasion. We aren’t talking about an entire face of teenage acne but some hormonal acne that may pop up. The fluctuations of hormones cause clogged pores which help in causing breakouts. Take steps to prevent the appearance of acne from occurring by following a skin care regimen, remove makeup, cleanse properly and exfoliate a few times a week.
8. QUALITY PRODUCTS WORK JUST AS WELL AS BOTOX.
I would love for this to be true but I hate to tell you this is a hard no. As someone who receives Botox every few months (for migraines) I can tell you not only is it frustrating to remember the appointments but it’s a bit of discomfort when receiving the injections. Quality products can indeed help in slowing down the aging process and the need of injections by working on fixing the skin’s texture and elasticity but will not give you the same results as the popularly invasive procedure. Continue with your skin care regimen and although it may not be as dramatic as the results with the injectable, it will give you tighter, toner and younger looking skin without the risk of infection.
9. IF YOU APPLY A PRODUCT WITH SPF YOU DON’T NEED TO APPLY SUNSCREEN.
With everyone more aware of the damage our skin can receive through the sun, many makeup companies have caught on adding an SPF to their products. Unfortunately, the amount is very low. Take the extra minute and apply SPF 50 or higher prior to applying makeup to keep your skin extra protected from becoming aged and dull.
10. DON’T SMILE OR YOU’LL GET WRINKLES.
I added this one not because it’s a myth (smiling will lead to smile lines and crows feet) but how that’s not the only way wrinkles appear. Your lifestyle and your genes alongside with aging will cause it as well. Some people truly feel they shouldn’t smile in order to create younger, smoother skin. Dailymail.com wrote about Tess Christian who for 40 years has gone without smiling in fear of wrinkles! Of course having a skin without fine lines and wrinkles would be amazing but with what cost? Do you really want to live your life appearing miserably and mean all to prevent aging? Smile lines and crows feet show a beautifully lived life filled with happiness and smiles…what’s more beautiful than that?
Hopefully some of these skincare myths have been debunked for you and you’re another step closer to understanding all about our beautiful skin. Stay up to date with the newest skincare trends and health and help educate yourself of the many ways you can help yourself while aging. So, before you take your neighbor’s advice about applying toothpaste on acne, do your research and help learn what is myth and what is not.
About the Author:
Stephanie Ivonne is a freelance writer and Licensed Esthetician and mother of 2. She spends majority of her free time with her family and friends. When she is not learning about Beauty and Wellness, Stephanie is a Florida girl and loves spending time doing Yoga, running 10ks, Snorkeling and her absolute favorite, Disney!
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