The skin care industry has always and will always be plagued with myths and misconceptions. Today I am going to help clear up a few of the major fallacies and questions that are asked of me on a daily basis; by clients and professionals alike.
Myth: The higher the SPF the better protection you have.
The SPF on a sunscreen refers to the amount of protection the product offers from UVB rays or from sunburns, therefore many sunscreens offer protection from UVA and UVB rays; broad spectrum protection is protection from both UVA and UVB rays. SPF of at least 15 and ingredients with mexoryl, oxybenzone, avobenzone or titanium dioxide is what is important for protection and reapplying of the sunscreen.
Myth: You do not need sunscreen on a cloudy day
You can still get sunray on a cloudy day; UV radiation from the sun reaches the earth’s surface. It’s very important that you use sunscreen everyday.
Myth: Exfoliating everyday gives you healthy skin.
Exfoliating the skin and ridding it of dead skin is a good thing, but doing it everyday, could cause more harm than good. Over-exfoliating can strip the skin of protective oils and barriers that are needed. For someone who has normal skin, once or twice a week is efficient , oily skin- once a week and dry skin three times a week maximum.
Myth: Oily skin does not need moisturizer
Oily skin does not need a heavy or oil-based moisturizer, but it does need a water-based moisturizer. A water-based moisturizer helps to keep the cells of the skin healthy and balanced.
Myth: You can shrink your pores.
Pores are not a window that opens and closes; your pores fill up with oil which can cause the pores to stretch. You can minimize the appearance of the pores effectively by deep cleansing your skin and exfoliation.
Myth: Moisturizing soaps will hydrate the skin.
Soaps are bound in an alkaline base which will strip the water and natural moisture out of the skin; this causes the surface of the skin to be dehydrated. Healthy skin is balanced skin; in tone, texture, and moisture.