Beauty and skin care advice is everywhere nowadays and sometimes it’s hard to tell fact from speculation. We’ve gathered information from dermatologists to set the facts straight in terms of skin care.
Myth 1: Lasers can make you look younger.
Right off the bat, the statement is generalizing the effects of laser treatment so you know something is amiss. There are different types of laser treatments in the market and each can do different things for your skin. Some may even out pigmentation, some help erase wrinkles, some may boost collagen production, and so on. And what’s more is that it all seems like it will be a life-changer for you.
But dermatologists believe that if the extent of skin damage is severe, then there is only much laser treatments can do for the skin. Worse, laser treatments might even make things worse.
Myth 2: Anti-aging products can completely erase wrinkles.
To put it simply, what most commercially available wrinkle creams actually do is hydrate the skin and make it look firm and plump, reducing the appearance of wrinkles as a result. However, there is such a thing called topical retinoids that have been found to eradicate fine lines, and these are usually sold under the name Tretinoin or Retinol. This comes in a cream or liquid formulation and some brands can easily be purchased over-the-counter.
Vitamin C is also popular for treating wrinkles, but if it’s a main ingredient in a products that is in cream form, it may lose its potency fairly quickly.
Myth 3: The more expensive the treatment is, the more effective it is.
False. Some drugstore products may even work better than high-end branded ones. It’s important to remember that with popular brands or treatment, branding and marketing, packaging, scents are major factors in how a product is priced. If you look closely, you may even find the same type of ingredients in two differently branded products. This is not saying high-end products are not effective, but more of both high-end products and more affordable options can give you the same results.
Myth 4: Microdermabrasion and facials are good for you.
Microdermabrasion is the process of removing the top layer of the skin which is mostly only dead skin cells. Without paying for this treatment at your favorite clinic, dead skin cells fall off our skin naturally throughout and day. And did you know that facials may even make acne worse or cause acne breakouts? Although facials give you a feeling of refreshment and relaxation, it should also be a matter of observing the after effects and seeing if it gives you any benefits at all or if it’s just a waste of your money.
Myth 5: Popping the pimple to squeeze the pus out is the best way to get rid of acne.
No, just no. Picking the skin on the face is doing more harm than good. What’s more is that when a pimple is popped, the open wound is being exposed to bacteria and the pus may actually go deeper in the skin. In general, picking on the skin may cause the affected area to be more inflamed and may even cause scarring. Using a comedone extractor is better than using our fingers to get rid of pimples, blackheads, or whiteheads, according to experts. Comedone extractors are cheap and are usually available in drugstores.
Myth 6: Soap keeps the face acne-free.
Washing the face too frequently with soap removes the natural oils that are protecting and moisturizing the skin, and it may cause rashes or burns. The routine of using a gentle cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen is a recommended alternative instead of frequent washing with soap.
Myth 7: Clouds will protect you from the sun’s rays.
Ultraviolet rays can still reach your skin even on the most overcast day. Applying sunscreen every day is advisable, and if you’re going swimming then use it every 2 hours.
Myth 8: Higher SPF gives you better protection.
Before going deeper on this topic, it’s important to first understand what is ultraviolet light. Did you know that there are 3 types: UVA, UVB and UVC? UVA rays penetrate the skin the deepest and causes your skin to tan. UVB rays cause sunburn and damage the skin’s DNA. This is the culprit causing premature skin aging, uneven pigmentation, and cancerous tumors also known as carcinomas. Lastly, UVC rays don’t make it past the Earth’s atmosphere.
The only type of UV rays that SPF can protect us from is the UVB type, the one that can cause sunburns. Nowadays we have the broad spectrum sunscreen which shields you from UBA and UVB rays. Get a product that has at least 15 SPF.
There are also lots of makeup products in the market that contain SPF. Even though that’s like hitting 2 birds in 1 stone, relying on just makeup for sun protection is not enough. Sunscreen should still be applied on the face with makeup.
Myth 9. It’s safer to use tanning booths than sunbathing.
Even though a tanning booth filters out UVB rays that are responsible for sunburns, it still gives off UVA rays which go deepest into the skin and can cause visible damage and skin cancer.
Did you believe any of these myths before reading this post? Let us know in the comments!
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