Common Skincare Myths Busted
The Myth: Junk food, greasy food, and chocolate cause acne.
Myth Busted: While many people believe that bad, greasy foods and chocolate are the culprit of acne, it’s more about the common ingredient in them that causes flare ups.
These kinds of foods - junk food, chocolate, etc. - are referred to as “high glycemic foods”, meaning they are high in carbohydrates and sugar and tend to increase blood sugar levels. Increased blood sugar can cause inflammation, including acne flare ups.
So while there is some truth that unhealthy food causes acne, it’s more about the sugar content that leads to inflammation in acne-prone individuals. In any case, eliminating these sugary foods will improve your overall health in addition to the appearance of your skin.
The Myth: Drinking lots of water hydrates your skin.
Myth Busted: While water definitely helps hydrate your body, it doesn’t directly target your skin. When you drink water, it gets absorbed into the bloodstream first and foremost. Water is involved in so many of your body’s processes that it doesn’t always reach the outer layer of the skin.
There are many factors that contribute to hydrated and healthy-looking skin such as diet, sun exposure, how often you moisturize, and much more. That being said, it’s important to hydrate your skin from the inside and out. Using moisturizer is the only way to hydrate your outermost layer of skin that becomes dried out from topical cleansers.
Drinking plenty of water will not immediately perk up and hydrate dry skin, but consistently drinking water and eating healthy will help. Certain foods that contain fatty acids such as salmon, olive oil, and flaxseed, or supplements like fish oil, may help your skin cells retain moisture.
So while downing 8 glasses of water a day won’t immediately give you glowing, hydrated skin, a healthy diet combined with adequate water intake will help your overall health and appearance.
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The Myth: The SPF number on sunscreen indicates how much protection you’re getting.
Myth Busted: It’s not about how high the number is, it’s about how much and how often you apply it. Using SPF 50 isn’t much different than using SPF 30, as the latter one filters out about 97 percent of UVB light rays. Anything higher than 30 isn’t proven to offer much more coverage.
When shopping for sunscreen, it’s best to look for a “broad spectrum” type of sunscreen, because that means it protects against UVA and UVB rays. Any sunscreen that is not broad spectrum only filters out UVA light.
So the next time you plan on spending a day in the sun, opt for a broad spectrum SPF 30. But the key is to apply it often, as water and sweat easily wash away the protection.
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Myth: Scrubbing your face removes blackheads.
Myth Busted: While gentle exfoliation helps remove dirt from your pores, excessive scrubbing can cause rashes, blotches, uneven complexion, and dry skin.
Scrubbing your face too hard or too often will only leave you with dull, dry skin because you’re stripping away natural oils. Using an exfoliating face cleanser will do most of the work for you in terms of removing dirt from your pores, but exfoliants should only be used once or twice a week. Keep a gentle cleanser handy for the rest of the week that is designed to unclog pores.
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Myth: You don’t need to moisturize oily skin.
Myth Busted: While some types of moisturizers do in fact make oily skin worse, there are many that are designed specifically to work with oily skin. In fact, it may be dry, dead skin that is causing the buildup of oils, so moisturizing is especially important.
When shopping for a moisturizer, be sure to look at the list of active ingredients. The biggest mistake people with oily skin make is that they use a moisturizer that contains oil. Adding oil to oily skin will only make the situation worse. So look for a water-based moisturizer that will balance out the oil on your skin.
Furthermore, it may help to change the time of day you moisturize. Applying a moisturizer in the morning will only add to the buildup on your face, so switch it up and moisturize at night. A great alternative to moisturizing in the morning is using a water-based toner after washing your face in the morning. Just like the water-based moisturizer, a water-based toner will balance out the oil on your skin.
Sources Include: Real Simple, Women’s Health Magazine, and Skin Inc.