In today’s world of non-stop information, it is often difficult to tell the difference between the skin care myths and the skin care facts. But don’t worry; we’re here to help you identify truth from fiction. We’ve asked our panels of experts – Greg, Priya and Valentina – from our clinic what skin care myths they hear most often – and what the truth is behind these myths. Here are the skin care facts you should know!
Fact: This is one of the most common oily skin and acne myths estheticians hear. Cleansing too often, using too much pressure, or over-exfoliating your skin can actually make the problem even worse.
“Stripping the skin of oil can actually cause your body to product more oil. The skin actually needs some oil to protect itself, so when you strip it completely, it tries to replace what it has lost. Those who self-treat oily skin with alcohol-based, drying products often end up with dehydrated, irritated, and sensitized skin that is even MORE oily than it was to begin with. Use products designed to cut down excess oil without stripping the skin, like the Oily/Combination Toner by Dr Gabriela .” – Greg
Fact: Contrary to popular belief, pores cannot actually open and close like windows. Furthermore, bathing or showering in temperatures that are too hot can cause damage to the skin.
“Hot water can dehydrate your skin, cause or trigger existing sensitivity, produce distended capillaries, and even cause your skin to overproduce oil as a defense mechanism. Licensed estheticians apply controlled heat (through steam) during a facial to soften the skin, which allows for the products to penetrate deeper, but your pores don’t actually open.” – Greg
Fact: The unfortunate truth is that at least 1 in 4 people eat some type of fast food every day.* While most people recognize that eating a poor diet can lead to many different health issues, often they don’t realize that this includes skin issues as well.
“You are what you eat. Everything you put into your body will have a direct impact on your skin. A poor diet can cause dullness, puffiness, redness, congestion, acne and more! Avoid foods high in sugar and fat, as both will increase inflammation in the body that can then damage collagen and elastin. Also minimize the amount of alcohol and caffeine you consume because they both dehydrate your body and skin – Priya
Fact: Think again! The amount of SPF in these makeup formulas is extremely small and offers little protection.
“You would have to wear layer upon layer upon layer of makeup – much more makeup than an average person would wear – to reach the SPF level needed for protection. Instead, apply a broad spectrum sunscreen that provides protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Frezyderm Sunscreen Velvet SPF50 is specifically designed to use on your face and works flawlessly under makeup.” – Priya
Fact: Almost every single aesthetician and skin care expert on our panel listed this as one of their most-heard (and most dangerous) myths.
“The clouds make a barrier that diffuses only the smallest amount of sunlight. The reality is your skin absorbs the same amount of harmful UVA and UVB rays on a cloudy day as it does on a sunny day. Always wear sunscreen.” – Valentina
Fact: To many people, this is one of the most surprising skin care facts: there is no such thing as a safe tan. Always use a broad spectrum sunscreen.
“There is no such thing as a safe or protective tan; any tan at all is a sign of skin damage. Your skin tans as a response to UV damage. Even tanning occasionally greatly increases your risk of skin cancer and many other skin concerns.” – Valentina