When it comes to skin care, it seems that every time you turn around, there’s some new advice that seems to contradict old advise or just go against common sense.
With so many different opinions and theories, it’s hard to know where to start.
So let’s begin by shutting down ten skin care myths that can have you focusing on the wrong things.
Lavender is great for soothing irritated skin.
Nope. While it can remove redness, the plant or the oil can also make your skin more photosensitive, which can do far more damage than harm.
If you’re going to use it, you better have a lot of sunscreen on hand.
Never use oils or lotions on oily skin.
Drying cleansers seem like they would be a good contrast to oily skin, but they just force your skin to produce more oil.
Moisturizing is always a good idea, so start there. Just don’t go overboard.
Junk food will make you break out.
There are lots of really great reasons to put the kibosh on junk food, but preserving your skin isn’t one of them.
However, foods with lots of refined sugars and carbs can cause inflammation, which can lead to, among other things, breakouts.
All hypoallergenic products work with sensitive skin.
Hypoallergenic has become a term co-opted in lots of different ways, almost to the point that it’s lost all meaning.
Instead of looking at that phrase, avoid products with ingredients like alcohol, menthol, and camphor.
That’s a good place to start in protecting sensitive skin.
Sticking to the same line of beauty products will have a better effect.
Nah. Beauty companies would love for you to believe that, but it’s not necessarilytrue.
If you’re looking to mix and match because price is an issue, look for similar products that have similar ingredients, and you’ll probably do just fine.
Facial exercises counteract aging.
Actually, they do just the opposite, and flexing your face muscles can contribute to wrinkles, so steer clear unless you have another reason to do them.
Natural ingredients are better than synthetic…always.
Some ingredients need to be processed, and the natural versions of them can actually do harm to your skin. Coconut oil and citrus oils and acids are a few examples, but the list goes on.
So while natural is generally good, it’s not ALWAYS good, so treat these things on a case-by-case basis.
You should use products that contain collagen and elastin.
Many think that collagen-based products seep through your skin and fuse with the collagen in your face, but that’s just not the way things work, so while collagen might not be a bad ingredient, it’s not as helpful as many make it out to be.
High-end, expensive products are just better.
In anti-aging products, the ingredients are pretty much the same. Often, you’re just paying more for branding, packaging, and to shop at a specialized boutique, so don’t be fooled.
And there’s a limit to what any product can do, so ten times the money will rarely mean ten times the benefit.
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Baking soda is a great exfoliator and detoxifying agent.
Lots of “experts” claim this, but it’s way off-base and borderline irresponsible. The pH level of baking soda is far too harsh for your skin and can mess up the balance, so steer clear of any product that touts it as an ingredient and any home remedy that uses it.
Easy enough, right?
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