04 Nov Don’t Believe Everything You Hear – Skincare Myths to Ignore
Don’t Believe Everything You Hear –
Skincare Myths to Ignore
There are some myths about skincare that you could swear were
passed down from your Mum’s mum and probably her mum before
her. You just accept them as reality. Some have sprung up over time
and have been driven home by beauty magazines. There’s no reason to
believe a beauty ‘truth’ just because everyone else does, though. Here
are a few we’ve picked out that deserve special attention.
Beauty Myth #1 – Drinking Water Helps Prevent Dry
Nope. Of course, drinking water does benefit your skin in the same way
that it benefits the rest of your body, but if you have dry skin it’s going
to take more than an expensive mineral water habit to moisturise your
The main causes of dry skin are heat, hot and chilly air, and the number
of oil producing glands you have (and how much oil they produce). If
your skin feels dry, moisturise and protect it with the correct products
and exfoliate regularly so that they can penetrate better.
Beauty Myth #2 – You Must Spend More on Cleanser and
This isn’t necessarily the case. If you must skimp on your skincare
products, economize on your cleanser and buy a basic moisturizer but
don’t ignore other specifically tailored skincare products with effective,
proven medical-grade active ingredients.
Look for serums and other products containing retinol, antioxidants and
pigment-treating ingredients as these are clinically proven to get you
Beauty Myth #3 – Don’t Use Moisturizer on Oily Skin.
By denying oily skin hydration from a good moisturizer, you’re making
the problem worse. Washing your face and cleansing your skin strips it
of natural oils. You need to add that moisture back in so that skin
doesn’t overcompensate and start producing even more oil. Even if you
are using prescription medicated products for acne, you should still
moisturize every day. They can be harsh and can cause your skin to
peel, so look for a light, oil-free moisturizer and use it every night. This
helps avoid irritation and it won’t make your acne worse, we promise.
Beauty Myth #4 – Wrinkles Can Be “Erased.”
Oh, if only that were true, women would be lining up around the block
to buy it. Although a good anti-ageing product can help hide and reduce
the appearance of lines and wrinkles, they will still be there. If your
wrinkles worry you unduly, the best products to look for are those
containing a topical retinoid. Studies have found retinoids to be fairly
effective at reducing fine lines and wrinkles, photo-aging and sun
Beauty Myth #5 – If You Work Indoors, There’s No Need
You might not think so, but even if you’re indoors, you’re still being
exposed to sunlight. Maybe you forgot about that quick trip to the
store where you had to walk from the parking lot? Or did you not
notice the sunlight coming in through the window next to you?
Even on a cloudy day, up to 80% of UV rays can penetrate and damage
your skin. Just get into the habit of using moisturizer with a decent SPF
– SPF30 or above should work – and it won’t matter if you must go out
in the sunshine, you’ll be covered.