There is too much information and opinions about skincare on the internet. It can get so confusing and make your head spin round.
You don’t know which blogger to trust. Is it really those products or just a genetic lottery? You want to take care of your skin but all these suggestions just leave you unclear.
It may take trial and error to form your ideal skincare routine but I did find out 4 very common myths that most believe.
#1: A high SPF protects you from the Sun
Vitamin D is best obtained through supplements rather than unprotected sun exposure. And since EVERY celebrity or skincare guru stresses about sunscreen, this one needs to be debunked.
There are many misconceptions about sunscreen, specifically what SPF means and how much we need it.
UV radiation is made up of UVA and UVB, most sunscreens only measure the protection from UVB rays and not UVA at all.
UVA is the more damaging one, it is the cause of photoaging and the primary ray responsible for the development of melanoma. UVA damage occurs without skin-reddening signs, they are a longer wavelengths and penetrate deeper into your skin.
To protect against both UVA and UVB, you should use an SPF 30 and at most 50. An SPF higher than that makes no difference.
Also, keep in check that the sunscreen has UVA-protecting ingredients like zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, avobenzone, ecamsule, and oxybenzone.
#2: If it’s burning, it’s working
I would feel a burning sensation when I would apply a facial scrub and think this means its working (I read it somewhere)
I recently discovered that I was wrong. According to most dermatologists, if you’re in pain and experiencing a burning sensation. You’re probably damaging your skin.
You can clean your skin thoroughly without making it burn.
#3: Natural and organic is ALWAYS better
With the conscious millennials on the rise, a movement to eliminate harmful chemicals from the food we eat and other products is going on.
Now marketers use the terms “natural” and “organic” to mislead buyers. Don’t believe the labels.
In reality, there are a lot of natural oils and fragrances that can cause you to break out and other skin issues. On the other hand, many dermatologists agree that there are products developed by scientist that are much more potent and effective for your skin.
In short, don’t trust the labels blindly and be conscious of the effects it has on your skin.
#4: Believing your skin ISN’T sensitive
When I was younger I would praise my luck, because my skin was flawless. “I NEVER break out and it’s just my good genes.”
Noticing people complaining about their skin issues yet staying unaware of mine.
It’s good to learn that just because your skin doesn’t show it, doesn’t mean it’s not being damaged on the inside.
Hope to make your skincare journey easier with busting these myths. I get it, there are too many of those too but the simplest way is to test products and come to your own conclusion.
Your skin deserves your care and attention. Choose what you put on it wisely and adapt to its reaction.