An important part about taking care of your skin is to know the common myths surrounding skin care. There are many interesting myths and facts about skin care everyone should know about. So, in today’s article, we will present important skin facts and information as well as skin care myths debunked by experts. Once you face these skin facts and truth about skin care products, you will be in a better position to make an informed choice.
1. There is such a thing as face lift in a bottle!
Nothing could be further from the truth. A face lift is a surgical procedure and no matter how expensive a product, you cannot get firmer, tighter skin with it. You can, however, use the right products to prevent sun damage and follow an anti-aging skin care regime to prevent premature wrinkles, sagging and dark spots. Also, there are many facial exercises to help you reduce double chin and sagging neck. I have discussed some effective home remedies for sagging skin on the face here.
2. Dark brown spots are result of age
Age has got nothing to do with dark spots and blemishes. Anybody can develop dark spots at any age and the term ‘age spots’ is a misnomer. Dark spots are caused by over exposure to the sun. The best way to prevent them is to use a good quality sunscreen. To lighten dark spots, dermatologists prescribe hydroquinone as it has the highest efficacy to lighten the hyper-pigmentation. However, there are many reports of hydroquinone being unsafe, especially for pregnant women. So use it with caution. You can go for safer alternatives like Vitamin C serums for skin lightening. Here is how to make Vitamin C serum at home.
3. All skin care claims and promises are true
Of all the skin care facts you should know, this one is the most important. However, based on a recent survey by Allergan®, nearly 70% women did not know that only prescription grade products are actually tested by the FDA. The rest of the so called ‘dermatologically tested and hypoallergenic products’ are just tall claims given the fact that there are no standards of testing.
4. You don’t get acne in your adulthood
These days, dermatologists are seeing women and men with acne in the age group of 10 to 65! Absolutely anybody can get acne. The core treatment options for treating acne across all age groups remains more or less the same: gentle cleansing, toning, moisturizing and using benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. You may also use herbal remedies like essential oils to prevent acne. Also follow a healthy diet and drink plenty of water.
5. The higher the SPF in your sunscreen, the longer you can stay out in the sun
Want to know healthy skin fact? You must reapply your sunscreen every 2 hours, indoors or outdoors. The SPF factor of your sunscreen only shows how well it can protect you from UVB rays; so you still need to worry about UVA rays. So, it is very essential to select a broad spectrum sunscreen that offers protection for both UVA and UVB rays.
6. The longer you expose yourself to the sun, the higher the Vitamin D you get
It is a fact that your skin makes Vitamin D when exposed to the sun. However, after 5 minutes of summer sun exposure, vitamin D production reaches a peak. It is very important to avoid prolonged exposure to the sun, especially in the peak sunny hours in summer (10 am to 4 pm). Early morning sun exposure works best for vitamin D synthesis. You may also get yourself tested to ensure adequate vitamin D levels in your body-else supplementation may be necessary.
7. If a product has words like ‘natural’ ‘miraculous’ and ‘botanicals’ it has to work!
According to skin care ingredient expert Dr. Daniel Yarosh, author of The New Science of Perfect Skin: Understanding Skin Care Myths and Miracles, the only ingredients that really work, as far as skin care is concerned, are active ingredients from plants, lipids for moisturizing, Alpha/Beta hydroxyl peels, vitamins A, C and E and of course the combined effects of genes, emotions and immunity on the skin.
8. If a product or treatment hurts, it is working
This is not necessarily true always. If a product continues to irritate your skin, it might not always ensure a good result. Yes, certain treatments like glycolic peels and microdermabrasion which are considered gold standards in anti-aging skin care are known to irritate a bit. However, a good treatment or product will start showing results in 2-3 days and the tingling, redness and peeling will go away in a short period of time.
9. The more expensive a product, the better it is.
There is absolutely no correlation between price and results. Choose wisely!
10. You have to keep changing your skin care products because your skin adapts to them
This is not true. An important healthy skin fact is that as long as you use products that suit your skin type, no change is necessary at all. Of course, after a while, your skin may stop showing dramatic improvement but there is a reason for that. Your skin is merely maintaining its new found healthy appearance.
There is so much information out there about skincare that getting the truth has become very difficult. I hope these skin care myths help you choose your products wisely.