With the sheer amount of do’s and don’ts for skin care out there, it is very easy to find contradictory advice when searching for the best skin care tips. Moreover, when it comes to skin care, a lot of women depend on grapevines and hearsay rather than get to know the whole story. As a result, there are a number of skin care myths that can be found out there. Many of these myths arise out of an incorrect perception of the skin care products available in the markets. Understanding these myths is the fastest and simplest way of correcting your skin care routine and getting them to work the way you’ve always wanted. Here is the Vine Vera Guide to the Top Skin Care Myths.
Myth # 1 – Having a proper skin care routine is all you need for young and healthy skin
One of the most common myths is that a proper skin care routine cures all skin problems, irrespective of a person’s lifestyle. However, healing the skin is no easy task. You need to ensure that you take care of it from the inside as well as the outside. A healthy lifestyle and proper diet is what helps you to improve your skin condition from the inside and skin care products and routines are what help you to protect it from the outside. If you’re looking for healthy and younger looking skin, you need to have a perfect balance between all three aspects. Ignoring any one of them will simply put all your efforts to waste.
Myth # 2 – Soaps are excellent cleansers
Most soaps use ingredients that are extremely harsh on your skin. You might feel that your skin feels cleaner after using soap, and you’re probably right also. The issue is that soaps contain ingredients that clean your skin way too much. This might make you feel clean, but truth be told, it simply strips your skin surface from the oil and moisture content it needs. As a result, your skin becomes vulnerable to damage from free radicals until the pH content is restored. The ideal way to cleanse your skin is to use a gentle water soluble cleanser.
Myth # 3 – Drink more water to get rid of dry skin
As ironic as this might sound, dry skin is not simply about loss of moisture. Drink as much water as you want, but this will not help you get rid of dry skin. According to studies, the water content of dry skin is not significantly different from water content found in oily skin. Therefore, adding more moisture is likely to be a futile exercise.
Myth # 4 – Tanning beds are safe if they don’t contain UVB rays
Tanning beds are extremely harmful for your skin as they can lead to premature aging and also cause sun cancer. There was a common assumption that tanning booths which did not contain UVB rays were safe for the skin. However, you still subject your skin to UVA rays each time you visit a tanning booth. These rays penetrate deeper into your skin and are equally harmful in terms of skin cancer and premature aging.
Myth # 5 – My skin shall age just like my moms
Just because your mother enjoyed wrinkle-free and flawless looking skin, doesn’t mean that you’re going to have the same luxury as well. Although genetics play a part in aging and the appearance of your skin, factors such as sun exposure, smoking, diets, pollution, lifestyles and skin care routines are equally important.
Myth # 6 – Facial exercises help in firming the skin and reducing wrinkles
Wrinkles are expression lines that are usually formed by the constant animation on your face. In fact, most of the facial exercises that you perform are simply increasing the depth of your wrinkles and increasing the chance of premature aging.
Myth # 7 – You don’t need sunscreens when it is cloudy
Many people believe that you do not need a sunscreen when it’s cloudy as the sun’s rays cannot reach the surface of the earth. However, you couldn’t be more mistaken. UV radiation from the sun easily reaches the earth’s surface, irrespective of whether it’s the summers or winters, sunny or cloudy. Make sure that you follow a strict sunscreen routine 365 days a year. Holidays don’t exist when it comes to sunscreens.
Myth # 8 – SPF 30 provides double the amount of sun protection when compared to SPF 15
SPF (Sun Protection Factor) indicates the time that it would take for the sun’s rays to burn your skin. Therefore, those with SPF 15 protection should enjoy 15 times the protection from sunburns than those without any sunscreen. However, the difference in terms of protection is not as drastic when you move from SPF 15 to SPF 30. For example, sunscreens with SPF 15 block out 93% of the sun’s rays whereas SPF 30 sunscreens block out 97% of the sun’s rays.
Myth # 9 – SPF tells you the amount of sun protection your skin is getting
SPF is an important factor when it comes to sunscreens, but it is not the only one. UV rays can be split into two parts – UVA and UVB. The SPF factor helps you protect your skin from the UVB rays. However, if you’re looking to protect your skin from both UVA and UVB rays, you need a broad spectrum SPF sunscreen.
Myth # 10 – Make-up with SPF is as effective as sunscreens
Make-up cannot be a substitute for your sunscreen. Because of the product thickness and the way make-up binds to your skin, it would take about 14 times the amount of powder that you use and 7 times the amount of foundation that you use in order to get the desired SPF protection.
The best way to sum up is to address yet another myth, and by far the most important one – “aging is bad”. Ultimately, aging is a natural phenomenon and it is inevitable. Irrespective of all those stories about eternal youth, there is nothing that you can do to prevent aging. Aging is actually an amazing phenomenon. The secret lies in understanding how to age gracefully. Skin care routines will not save you from aging or stop the aging process, they will only help you to “age with grace”. And there could be nothing better or more satisfying in life than to age with grace. Remember, there are no miracles to be found in creams and lotions. The ultimate miracles can be seen in what you do with your life and the legacies that you leave behind.