With so many skin care fads out there, it can be difficult to know what’s true and what doesn’t work. Here we’re going to show you 10 skin care myths and misconceptions and explain the truth behind them so that you can have the best, healthiest skin possible.
1. Myth: Squeaky-Clean Skin Is the Healthiest Skin
When it comes to skin care facts and myths, one of the most common offenders is the belief that the best way to cleanse your face is to rub it squeaky-clean, with strong soaps, abrasive exfoliants, and harsh cleansers. A squeaky-clean face is a shiny and glowing face, right?
Wrong. The truth is almost as harsh as the treatment: That squeak means your skin has been stripped of its natural oils (called “sebum”). This can make dry skin even drier and more damaged, and can cause oily skin types to overproduce sebum to compensate for the loss of moisture—resulting in a greasy feeling and a higher risk of breakouts. The allure of squeaky-clean skin is just one more drop in the sea of skin care myths and misconceptions.
The best way to cleanse your face is with cool water and our moisturizing Calm Facial Bar for a gentle clean that revitalizes every skin type. It leaves the skin clean, but also moisturizes it with natural glycerin to help over drying. If you struggle with clogged pores, we also recommend using our Reveal Exfoliating Foam Facial Wash with Alpha Hydroxy Acids every other day to gently reach deeper into the pores while feeding, moisturizing, and conditioning the skin.
2. Myth: Use the Same Skin Care Products in the Morning and Evening
Many skin care products do such a great job that you’re tempted to use them all the time, leading to another mess of skin care facts and myths. The truth is that even the best products have their proper time and place.
In the daytime, you’re focusing more on protection. This means locking in hydration with a light moisturizer, and providing a UV barrier to protect your skin from sun damage. At night, you’re focusing on deeper cleansing to remove dirt and makeup after a long day, and then providing the skin with maximal moisture and nourishment so it can renew and regenerate while you sleep.
3. Myth: Hypoallergenic Products are Fine for Sensitive Skin
This is one of the more modern topics that gets caught up in skin care facts and myths. Just because a product is labeled “hypoallergenic” doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s suitable for sensitive skin.
The term “hypoallergenic” refers to the exclusion of ingredients that are known to cause a reaction in people with specific allergies. Allergy, which is an immune response to a particular substance, is not the same thing as irritation, which is often the result of harsh, drying ingredients that cause inflammation.
For sensitive skin, choose the gentlest, most soothing ingredients possible, and avoid added fragrances. At Ayr Skin Care, all of our products are designed specifically for sensitive skin, so you can be confident they are soothing and non-irritating.
4. Myth: Skin Care Products Stop Working after a While Because Your Skin Gets Used to Them
When it comes to skin care facts and myths you’ve probably heard the myth that your skin will get used to your habitual products, meaning they won’t be as effective anymore.
Just as your body doesn’t stop responding to nourishing food, your skin continues to benefit over and over again from nourishing ingredients like antioxidants, moisturizers, and peptides (amino acids). The same goes for hydration. You need to hydrate your body with water every day, and you need to hydrate your skin every day with natural, moisture-locking ingredients.
What can happen, is that your skin may change...not the products that you are using! Skin becomes more dry during times of hormonal distress, or seasonally, so you may need to switch up your routine for those reasons. As we age our skin changes too, so what works for you in your 20’s and early 30’s may not give you sufficient moisture or protection in your 40’s or 50’s.
5. Myth: Makeup with SPF Is Sufficient for Sun Protection
Many people think that using makeup with an SPF rating is enough to protect your skin from sun damage all day long. This is one of the more common skin care myths and misconceptions. Sunblock acts like a physical shield, and the truth is that you would need to apply multiple layers of makeup for the protection to become thick enough to shield your skin—and then you would have to reapply it several times throughout the day.
The best way to protect your skin from solar radiation is to apply a chemical-free sunblock in addition to your regular makeup. Try to choose a facial sunblock that you have researched, and that is good for the face. Remember, you can always give your skin a day off too, and just stay out of the sun, or wear a hat if you are only out for a short time.
6. Myth: Oily Skin Doesn’t Wrinkle as Much as Dry Skin
Of all the skin care facts and myths out there, this is quite a popular misconception. If your skin is tight and dry, surely it will wrinkle faster, right?
In fact, it’s not that simple. Wrinkles are mostly a product of stress, sun damage, smoking, pollution, genetics and aging—factors that affect everyone no matter which skin type they have. To keep your skin as youthful and wrinkle-free as possible, stay well-hydrated, use sun protection, slather your skin with antioxidant-rich formulas and natural anti-aging ingredients, and put a smile on!
7. Myth: Anti-Aging Products Only Help if You’re Middle-Aged or Older
This is one of the most common skin care myths and misconceptions in our culture. The reality is that skin aging starts long before you reach middle age, because that’s how our bodies work.
To get healthy, toned skin and keep it for many years to come, it’s never too early to seek out quality anti-aging products that suit your skin type. Our Pure Moisture Nourishing Face Cream is excellent for moisturization and skin cell regeneration, no matter what age you are! And don’t forget to consistently use sun protection when you go outside.
8. Myth: Cucumbers and Cold Packs Can De-Puff Your Eyes Permanently
If you put sliced cucumbers on your eyes, or apply cold packs, can you really escape puffy eyes forever? Yes and no: Yes, you can get rid of puffy eyes, but, no, not forever. This is why skin care facts and myths can be so hard to tell apart: There’s usually a kernel of truth in there somewhere.
Cucumbers have a cooling effect, and their vitamin C and caffeic acid content soothes the skin and reduces puffiness. Cold packs with either chilled water or crushed ice use their frigid temperature to reduce inflammation under the eyes. Both of these treatments will give you a quick boost.
But as effective as these two treatments are, the effect is definitely temporary. Never stop caring for your body! To look and feel your best, use our Awaken Revitalizing Eye Serum daily to keep this delicate area nourished and hydrated. Not only does it contain that cucumber extract, but it also feeds the skin with peptides, botanicals and antioxidants, keeping it well fed and hydrated.
9. Myth: Oily and Fatty Foods Cause Skin Breakouts
Of all the skin care myths and misconceptions in this blog, this one is especially important to understand in our modern era of highly processed foods.
You might think that breakouts come from oil in your food—but in fact breakouts are a response to inflammation in the body that is caused by refined foods.
Foods that bring down inflammation in the body include green tea, broccoli, and fish and seeds rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Avocado oil and extra virgin olive oil also have numerous benefits for your skin. Don’t be afraid of including these healthy oils and fats in your diet!
10. Myth: Toothpaste is a Great Spot Treatment
The last of our skin care facts and myths is that applying toothpaste to pimples is a great way to achieve clear skin.
The reality is that some ingredients in toothpaste do help dry out pimples, but are so harsh that they tend to over-dry and burn the skin. There are many more natural spot treatments you can use for pimples that will kill bacteria and help them to heal without damaging the skin. For ideas, check out our blog: Stop Pimples in Their Tracks with a DIY Spot Treatment.
Now that you’ve got the 411 on some of the most common skin care facts and myths, be sure to spread the word when others admire your healthy, glowing skin!