By Eva Whalen
Everyone wants healthy skin. We are all after the fountain of youth and to have skin that glows, showing the world how wonderful we look. Unfortunately, not everyone has perfect skin, and it’s often because there is so much misinformation that is passed around. Myths regarding skincare abound, and the only way to avoid letting them mess up your skin is to familiarize yourself with what they are.
Myths regarding skincare get passed around online, in person, and from generation to generation. There are some that are old wives’ tales that have long been proven untrue. Still others reign supreme and perpetuated worldwide, keeping people confused and unsure of the best way to care for their skin. Separating the fact from the fiction is not so hard once you start to dig a little deeper.
You may recognize some of these 5 common myths regarding skincare as ones that you have heard, or maybe even said before:
1. Sunscreen is overrated. There are numerous myths that surround sunscreen and sun exposure. Some people feel it’s overrated and they avoid it, because they want to tan their skin or they feel it doesn’t do a lot to help reduce your chances of getting skin cancer. Yet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say otherwise. They report that using sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher is an effective way to help reduce UV exposure. Not all sunscreens are created equal, however, making it important that you choose a high quality one to use. Be sure find out where yours ranks in terms of having harmful chemicals in it, so if it has a high ranking you can find a safer one.
2. Some tanning beds are safe. There are nearly 8 million people in America who use tanning beds around the country. Many people believe that limited time in a tanning bed, or certain kinds of tanning beds are safe to use. However, any tanning bed that uses UV or UVB radiation poses a threat to the skin, with the light at times emitting radiation that is stronger than the sun. It’s estimated that every year in America, there are 400,000 cases of skin cancer as a result of people using indoor tanning booths.
3. Acne is largely caused by eating junk food. For generations, people have said that acne is caused by eating greasy or unhealthy foods. Yet the experts seem to agree that it’s a myth. Acne is caused by an overproduction of sebum, which in turn will clog the pores and cause areas of inflammation. This also takes place with fluctuations in our hormones. The best way to treat acne is to maintain healthy skincare habits and find a good option to clear it up, starting by reading a site like Facingacne.com
4. Getting a facial is good for your skin. Spas around the world would have you believe that getting facials is always a good thing. Yet it may not be for everyone, especially if you have sensitive skin, and if you are not familiar with the chemicals they are using. Some facials can cause irritation, scars, and can lead to facial breakouts. If you are considering getting a facial, be sure to get information about how gentle the products being used are.
5. The better quality products cost more. This is not necessarily true. There are plenty of high quality skincare products that are affordable. Rather than look at the price of the product, look at the ingredients, to ensure there are no harmful chemicals. Opt for those that are natural and gentle on the skin, so you can help protect it every time you bathe. Try several brands until you find one that you like and leaves your skin feeling great.
Most of the time we don’t even know where myths are started, yet they can spread rapidly. A rule of thumb to follow is to do a little research before just believing the next thing someone tells you about skincare. There’s a good chance that it could be something they overheard and yet have no idea whether or not it’s true. Taking good care of your skin is simple, if you have the right information and tools to do it!
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