Debunking 7 Skincare Myths
Most of us work hard to protect and nurture our skin but, often, our beauty regime is based on what we learned from our parents, friends, or the internet. This information is generally based more on myths or on old information that has now been disproved by science. Find out if you have fallen for any of these common misconceptions about skincare.
You Don’t Need Sunscreen
A surprising number of people think that you don’t need to wear sunscreen on a cloudy day, or that sunscreen doesn’t do any good if you’re older than 20 because your skin has already damaged. The fact is that clouds won’t block the damaging (and potentially cancer-causing UV rays). Cooler weather can also trick us into not noticing the amount of sun exposure we’re receiving. The fact is, skin damage is cumulative. The more exposure you have to UV rays the higher your risk can be for skin cancer. Sunburns, where your skin turns red or blisters due to excess sun exposure, are particularly damaging to your skin. This type of skin damage is particularly likely to increase your risk of developing skin cancer.
Only Older People Get Skin Cancer
We tend to think of skin cancer as something that appears amount retirees. It’s true that the risk of skin cancer increases with age but even though the average age to be diagnosed with melanoma is 63, you are at risk at any age. In fact, skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancers in young adults. Unfortunately, too often people don’t catch skin issues until they have developed into melanoma and, in some cases, the cancer has spread.
Rates of melanoma have nearly doubled since the 1970s. This makes it particularly important to catch problems early. People are catching on to the dangers of skin cancer, too, too. For example, over the last few years mole mapping London clinics have reported seeing a large increase in younger people seeking out their mole mapping services. Mole mapping is a screening program to identify suspicious spots early. Instead of a traditional skin check in which a medical professional simply looks over the patient’s skin, these mole mapping systems use technology to map out the location of all moles and other skin spots. This computerized technology makes it easy to identify and track new or changing stops from one year to the next. This can enable skin changes to be identified early, before they develop into melanoma or other significant problem. Identifying skin issues early also makes it easier to remove any trouble spots without removing a large amount of surrounding skin which can create an unsightly scar. Remember, while your risk of skin cancer increases as you age, it is never too early to start scheduling mole mapping to catch any problems early.
Expensive Skin Care Products Work Better
You don’t need to use a skin cream or eye cream that costs as much as your mortgage in order to keep your skin looking great. Many of the creams and serums you can get at the drugstore work just fine. The key to getting great looking skin is find products that work for your skin type and to apply those products consistently. Skin products are designed for oily, dry, or combination skin so that you can find skin products that work for you. If you have sensitive skin, try hypoallergenic products. These typically avoid use of fragrances, dyes, and other ingredients that are likely to cause allergic reactions or otherwise irritate skin. Use a good basic moisturizer daily and your skin will look great. Skip the expensive creams and use that money for something else.
You Don’t Need Toner If You Don’t Have Oily Skin
Toner is something that everyone should be using. A gentle toner is great for all skin types and will help give skin a healthy glow. Don’t use toners that have harsh astringents. They can dry out your skin and cause redness, cracking or peeling. A gentle toner with witch hazel or tea tree oil will get rid of any bacteria on your skin and leave your skin looking refreshed even if you don’t have oily skin.
Apply Toothpaste to Get Rid of Acne
This is an old wives’ tale that many people grow up believing. It is true that the ingredients in toothpaste can fight acne, but more often than not putting toothpaste on a pimple or using it to fight acne will just cause your skin to get very irritated. Definitely don’t leave toothpaste on your skin overnight. Stick with products designed to fight acne. Spot treatment options are inexpensive, work better than toothpaste, and are less likely to cause skin irritation.
Face Wipes Are Just as Good as Washing Your Face
Face wipes and makeup remover wipes can be convenient when you’re away from home, after a workout, or if you’re camping. Handy as they are, they are not a replacement for washing your face with gentle soap and water. Using them occasionally won’t damage your skin but you shouldn’t be using a wipe at the end of the day instead of washing your face. Take a few extra minutes to wash your face and moisturize if you want to make your skin look great.
You Should Exfoliate Daily
Are you using a facewash that has exfoliating microbeads or some of exfoliant every day hoping it’s making your skin look younger? Stop right now. Exfoliating is a necessary part of a good skincare routine but doing it every day is too much. Using harsh exfoliants on the delicate skin of your face every day can make your skin look dull and it will cause damage to your skin over time.