We’ve all heard ‘em: old wives tales' about weird skin things that work…or don’t. We’re here to bust those myths and lay out the face facts for you, front and center.
Myth #1: Oily skin doesn’t need to be moisturized.
My skin already looks like it’s soaked, so I obvi don’t need
to add any MORE moisture to it, right? Wrong! While your skin’s texture and
appearance might be oily, it could still develop dry patches and rough spots.
Oily skin doesn’t clear you of dry skin, too. It’s just as important for
someone with oily skin to moisturize as it is for anyone else. Using a lighter
cream made specifically for oily skin or a natural oil like jojoba will be in
your best interest—plus, moisturizing oily skin will make your skin naturally
produce less oil. Bonus!
Myth #2: Once you find a face wash routine you like, you
should stick with it all year.
It’s easy to find one routine that seems to work well enough
and stick with it forever. However, as the temperatures and humidity change
outside with the seasons, your skin will be craving different things. In the
winter it’s important to use a heavier cream that will add moisture to skin
that’s being hit with all that cold, dry air. Summer and spring call for
lighter, less oily products that won’t leave your face feeling like there’s a
thick layer on it in the hot sun.
Myth #3: Exfoliating
every day is great for skin.
Occasional exfoliation is a great way to unclog your pores
and scrub out dry skin. Doing this too often, however, will only cause your
skin to get irritated and break out even more. Instead of making this a daily
routine, try sticking to 1-3 times a week.
Myth #4: If a new
product starts making your skin break out, it’s not working.
As backwards as it may seem, if your skin suddenly gets ten
times worse after starting a new cleanser, it might actually be a sign it’s
doing its job. The initial breakout you experience is the new cleanser bringing
out the impurities and gunk that’s been stashed away in your pores. Stick to
the wash for at least two or three weeks before deciding if it’s no good. After
all, the saying goes, things often get worse before they get better.
Myth #5: You only
need sunscreen in the summer.
False! You should actually be applying it all year round. Just
because it’s cold outside, doesn’t mean the sun isn’t shining down. You could
potentially be exposed to the same amount of UVA rays in the winter as you are
in the summer.
Myth #6: Expensive
products are always better than generic or drugstore brands.
Just because something has a huge price tag on it doesn’t mean
it’s better by any means. It’s what’s on the inside that counts. Sometimes the
best combination of ingredients is in the $10 bottle and not the $75 one. Less can
often really be more.
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BY ALYSON KATZ ON 1/11/2014 12:00:00 AM
POSTED IN skin problems, get rid of acne, bust breakouts, oily skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, beauty, tips, skin, eyes, summer, winter