Skin Care Myths
When it comes to looking your best and being your best, you already know that your skin is a huge part of the equation. Young, beautiful skin is the hallmark of the healthy, attractive person. That said, keeping ours free of wrinkles, sagging, and other visible signs of aging to the greatest extent possible is something we all strive to do. As a result, we as a society spend millions of dollars every year on skincare products.
However, while there is definitely plenty of good, solid information out there on how to approach skincare, it’s important to be aware that there’s also a lot of misinformation. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most commonly held false beliefs about skin, skincare, and anti-aging. Are you guilty of buying into any of the following?
- Your Skin Should Feel Tight after a Wash.
Many people erroneously believe that a proper cleansing is all about removing every last trace of not only make-up and grime, but natural body oils as well. They’ve been taught since they were little that a taut feeling in the skin after washing is how you know you’re truly clean. In actuality, tightness after washing is a pretty clear signal that you’re using a cleanser that is much too harsh for your skin.
Harsh cleansing agents can rob your skin of precious moisture. This leaves your skin with less natural protection against dehydration and the elements. Over-cleansing can cause the skin to go into oil production overdrive in an attempt to replenish itself, often triggering breakouts in the process. It can also drastically increase the appearance of fine lines and the development of wrinkles over time.
Choose luxurious cleansers that gently lift away make-up, sweat, and dirt while hydrating skin with emollients like Vitamin E. Skin should feel soft, fresh, and supple after a wash, never tight.
- Once you’re over 40, it’s pointless to worry about sun protection.
Even here in the 21st century, there are a lot of people that still believe sunscreen is mostly a younger person’s concern. In actuality, people of all ages should be applying SPF protection on a daily basis. Not only is sun protection important when it comes to avoiding skin cancer, but there’s still plenty of time to ward off potential sun-induced aging at 40 and above.
Continuing to Protect your skin with SPF after 40 allows you to continue warding off the harmful effects of UV rays and free radicals. Free radicals cause your skin’s support structure to deteriorate more quickly, leading to sagging and loss of elasticity. That said, any serious anti-aging skincare regime should include a continuing sun protection plan.
- Anti-Aging Skincare Products Should Yield Instant Results.
When trying out a particular product or regimen, it’s important that you stick with it long enough to really determine whether or not it’s a fit for your skin. Many products need to be used religiously for 8-10 weeks before you’ll experience their full benefit, so make sure you give it at least that long before assessing the results.
Some people do notice a near immediate difference right off the bat when using certain products, but everyone’s skin is different. It’s also important to realize that not every product will work on everyone in exactly the same way. What works wonders for your sister or your best friend might not be as effective on you at all and vice versa.
- Wrinkle Creams Erase Wrinkles.
Once Wrinkles form, there’s not a lot you can do to permanently erase them beyond having plastic surgery. Most drugstore wrinkle creams act by hydrating and plumping the skin, which helps minimize the appearance of wrinkles on a temporary basis. In order to sustain the effects, you must keep applying the cream.
The only active ingredient that has a proven history of reversing fine lines altogether is retinol. This is because retinol penetrates skin and stimulates cell turnover. When used properly, it can also reverse the effects of sun damage. Quality counts, so make sure you buy your retinoids from a solid company with a firm reputation for creating trustworthy, effective products.
- All that Matters when Choosing a Sun protection is SPF.
Many people fail to understand the true nature of UV rays. There are three distinct kinds – UVA, UVB, and UVC. UVA rays penetrate your skin on a deep level and are responsible for causing your skin to tan. UVB rays are the primary rays behind sunburn. However, they have also been linked to DNA damage that leads to Skin cancer and sun-related aging. UVC rays don’t make it all the way to the ground, as they are absorbed by the atmosphere.
The SPF attached to a given sunscreen refers to the product’s ability to protect you from UVB rays and sunburn only. Look for products that are also “broad spectrum,” as these are the ones that protect you from both UVB and UVA rays. Remember, a suntan is a form of sun damage, so consider turning to a good sunless tanning product if you’re craving that sun-kissed glow.
- All Anti-Aging Skincare Products are the same.
We all have a friend or a relative that doesn’t really believe that you get what you pay for. They will swear up and down that their generic or off brand face cream is exactly the same as the items for sale at luxury make-up counters. In actuality, this simply isn’t true. While there are drugstore brands that are relatively effective, it’s better to see your anti-aging skincare regime as an investment.
Luxury brands often contain better ingredients in higher concentrations than the cheaper brands will. Many also contain trademark ingredients that may not be available in other products. (The Fine diamond powder in Forever Flawless’s collection of luxury skincare products is a good example.)
Always buy your skincare products from a trustworthy company with a good reputation for quality, customer service, and innovation. You’re sure to wind up glad that you did.
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