Everyone has an opinion on the right way to care for your skin. But with there being so many prevalent skincare myths, it can be hard to work out what you should, and shouldn’t, be doing.
Skincare, however, doesn’t have to be complicated, so here are the top 5 myths that need to be busted so you can get the most out of your routine:
Myth 1: You’ll outgrow acne
If only this were true! Unfortunately, adult acne is a real concern for many women, affecting 5% of women over the age of 25. Some studies suggest that hormones play a major part in adult acne, with menstruation and pregnancy being potential triggers.
Myth 2: Spots are caused by poor hygiene
Say it louder for the ones at the back, acne is not caused by poor hygiene! You cannot simply wash blackheads and spots away, and even if you wash your face diligently you can still suffer from blemishes.
If pores become blocked, excess oil can cause a build-up, potentially leading to spots. Committing to a regular skin care routine, however, can help to treat acne and spots. Cleansing your skin twice daily can help to remove build-up and impurities on the surface of your skin. Using a non-comedogenic moisturiser is important too, to keep your skin hydrated without clogging pores.
Myth 3: Oily skin doesn’t age
It might seem unfair to those of us with oily skin, but wrinkles develop no matter your skin type. While some studies suggest that people with oily skin may have fewer lines on their forehead, this doesn’t mean that you can skip out on anti-ageing treatments.
As skin ages, it loses moisture and produces less elastin and collagen. This means that wrinkles can appear due to factors like facial movement, stress, and gravity – Regardless of whether your skin is oily or not.
Myth 4: There’s no such thing as over-washing
If you suffer from oily skin and blemishes, it can be very tempting to scrub your face in an attempt to “clean” your acne away. Unfortunately, this isn’t the way to treat blemish-prone skin, and you could actually be doing more harm than good.
Washing your face more than twice a day can leave skin feeling tight and dry. This can increase sensitivity, leaving your face red and irritated. Stripping all of the good oils from your skin can actually make your acne worse. Instead, focus on cleaning your face twice a day, once at night and once in the morning, with a product formulated for your skin type. Follow this up with a moisturiser to soothe and hydrate your skin.
Myth 5: Drinking more water will cure dry skin
Drinking more water has often been cited as the cure-all for every skin issue. Unfortunately, however, it isn’t an effective treatment on its own.
Dermatologists agree that moisture in the skin is not determined by internal factors. In fact, dry skin is actually caused by a lack of oil in the skin. This needs to be helped with topical products that can moisturise and hydrate.
Dehydrated skin is skin that’s lacking in water, but even then drinking water won’t cure it. Using products which contain hyaluronic acid can help to replace lost moisture, and rehydrate the skin. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t be drinking lots of water as well as using products though! Staying hydrated has a host of health benefits, including improved brain function and maintaining energy levels.
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