5 skincare myths you need to stop believing
There is a lot of information out there about skincare. Everyone you meet has their own advice on what’s best for your skin – from their own homemade acne remedy to how often you should exfoliate. The thing is, these people are not always right. There are so many myths about skincare going around that it’s easy to become confused or actually harm your skin when you’re trying to heal it.
Which is why it’s so important that you take skincare advice from experts rather than the people in your life, as much as you may trust them as a person. So, to help you out, here are five skincare myths you need to stop believing (and that you should tell your friends to stop believing).
All natural products are good for your skin
Just because it grows naturally, does not mean that it’s automatically good for you. Many people are convinced that all-natural (often homemade) skincare solutions are always better than store-bought products. This is certainly not the case. The internet is filled with advice on how to use natural ingredients to improve your skin. The problem is that some of this advice could actually harm your skin.
Store bought products often include the best ingredients for your skin, ingredients which have been tested by professionals. For example, tissue oil is known to help repair and visibly reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks. A product that has been dermatologically tested, like Ingram’s Tissue Oil, cream, lotion or gel will include the right amount of each ingredient to ensure that the product produces the best possible results.
While some natural products and home remedies may work, there are many out there that could harm your skin in the long run.
You shouldn’t moisturise if you have oily skin
Unfortunately, many people with oily skin, especially oily skin with acne, don’t believe they should moisturise their faces. They think there’s already enough moisture on the surface of their skin and, quite frankly, they just don’t want any more. However, you need to moisturise your skin, no matter how oily it is. Not moisturising your skin, even during summer, could actually make your situation worse. You see, your skin can be oily but lack moisture (or rather water) at the same time.
If you work too hard to reduce the amount of oil in your skin, by using harsh cleansers and over-washing your face, your face will become dry and your skin will naturally produce more oils to stop your skin from drying out. Which means, you’re back to having oily skin and you did all that work for nothing. You need to use a moisturiser to ensure that your skin remains hydrated.
Of course, you can’t simply use any moisturiser. You need to use a cream or lotion that is specially formulated for oily skin. Just like you choose your face wash according to your skin type, you need to do the same with your moisturiser.
The higher the price, the better the product
When it comes to things like shoes, handbags and even cars, you often end up paying more if you want the item made with quality materials. You spend more for these products because you know you’re paying that extra amount so that you can have the best, meaning the item will last longer and function better. This is not the case when it comes to skincare products. Often, when you spend an excessive amount of money on skincare products, you’re simply paying for the brand name.
This is not to say that there aren’t lots of expensive products on the market that do an amazing job and are well worth the money. Because sometimes, especially if you have problematic skin, it’s worth investing in a brand that’s known to treat your skin type. However, you may find cheaper products on the market with a similar list of ingredients. What you choose to put on your face and body should be based on the list of ingredients in the products, rather than what the product costs in stores.
You should wash your face as often as possible
People with oily skin often believe that the more they wash their face, the better. Their skin feels less oily the moment after they’ve washed their face, so for them it makes sense to wash as often as possible. The only problem is that washing your face too many times during a short period can cause problems. Once again, when you strip your skin of its natural oils, your body jumps to the rescue and creates more oil. Which, of course, means that when you wash your face repeatedly, it causes your body to create more and more oil. Washing your face too often could actually encourage those spots and blemishes you’ve been trying to get rid of!
So, how often should you wash your face? Well, unfortunately, it does depend on your skin type and your surroundings. Even established dermatologists have varying opinions on how often you should wash your face. Some say once a day and some say twice a day. However, many agree that it’s important to properly clean your face before you go to bed in order to get rid of all the dirt in your pores that’s built up during the day.
Junk food gives you acne
Yes, your diet can affect your skin. No, that chocolate bar isn’t going to cause a breakout. The truth is that acne is caused by many things and not just one factor. So, unhealthy eating isn’t the reason so many teenagers have acne. There is lots of new research being done as to what foods encourage oily skin and blemishes, though. The thing is that you’re not going to end up with a face full of pimples because you had a slice of pizza!