5 Skin Care Myths That Can Damage Your Skin
Most of us have skin issues we wish we could resolve. Whether we struggle with dryness, fine lines, blemishes, oiliness, or discolorations, we spend a lot of time (and money!) trying to achieve healthy, glowing skin. But what if your skin care routine is actually undermining the health of your skin? What if, instead of curing your skin care woes, the regimen you follow is causing them?
The truth is that skin care doesn’t have to be complicated, but it is essential that you know how to separate myths from facts.
Myth #1: Acne is caused by not washing your face correctly.
If you’re worried that dirty skin is the source of your acne woes, you can breathe a sigh of relief. Dirty skin does not cause acne, and neither does wearing makeup every day. Acne blemishes occur when you have a combination of clogged pores, bacteria, and excessive oil. They can result from hormone imbalances, stress, certain medications, and dietary factors.
While acne is not caused by insufficient washing, using an acne-specific skin care regimen can help.
Myth #2: Organic skin care products are automatically healthy for your skin.
We understand the desire to choose natural, chemical-free products. However, organic products may still have ingredients in them that irritate your skin. For example, jasmine, cinnamon, and lavender can all cause reactions in sensitive skin.
If you are concerned about the quality of your skin care routine, talk to a skin care professional or esthetician about the best products to use on sensitive skin.
Myth #3: You don’t need sunscreen in the winter or when it’s cloudy.
It’s easy to remember sunscreen when you’re heading for the pool on a summer day, but what about when it’s overcast or cold? Do you still need sunscreen then? Yes! Even on cold, overcast days, you are still exposed to UV radiation from the sun, which damages your skin.
Wear sunscreen every day to reduce your risk of skin cancer and minimize the effects of aging.
Myth #4: People with oily skin don’t need moisturizer.
If you have oily skin, it may be tempting to skip the moisturizer for fear that it will cause you to break out. Don’t do it! Cleansing your face strips the skin of its protective layer of oil, leaving it tight and dry. Even if you have an oily skin type, you still need to replace that moisture to protect your skin from fine lines and wrinkles.
People with oily skin may want to try a light moisturizing lotion rather than a heavy cream. Your esthetician can help you determine which product is best for your skin type.
Myth #5: The more you exfoliate, the better.
Exfoliation is an important part of your skin care routine, but overdoing it can lead to overly dry skin, breakouts, and even wrinkles. Dermatologists recommend exfoliating just two or three times a week, and even less in the winter. When you do exfoliate, scrub gently and avoid scalding hot water.
Consider an exfoliating facial to slough away dead skin, increase blood flow, and improve skin tone. Your esthetician can help you determine whether you need a deeper exfoliation technique such as a chemical peel to restore your skin’s healthy glow.
If you have questions about your skin care routine, our esthetician can help! Call today to make a facial appointment where you will enjoy skin care treatments and products designed for your unique skin type.