The advice you often read or hear about skincare is often wrong. There are many different beauty myths out there, and it can be difficult to know which ones are true. At Wake Health Medical Group, we hear our fair share of beauty myths, some of which may be sabotaging your skin care efforts; however, there are also some that we do believe to be true.
Here are five beauty myths; some common, some uncommon that we have run into. Check them out and our research to advice on which beauty myths you can trust to help you take the best possible care of your skin.
Myth 1: SPF is more harmful for your skin than good
This myth holds some truth. Let us explain.
Some sunscreens do contain the controversial ingredient retinyl palmitate. This ingredient is derived from vitamin A and it may offer some anti-aging benefits. Retinoid (perfectly safe) is a related chemical that can be found in most night creams, but companies are also adding retinoid to sunscreens because it is an antioxidant. However, adding retinoid to sunscreen makes the skin more sensitive to the sun — this is the opposite effect you want from SPF.
We talk about sunscreen and sun protection a lot on this site. If any of your skin is exposed daily to the sun, then you should be using an SPF daily too to protect your skin from the damaging effects of UV rays.
There are literally hundreds of sunscreens on the market, choose one that does not contain retinoid. If retinoid is contained in your cream you use at night, make sure absolutely sure you use an SPF in the morning before exposing your skin to the sun.
Myth 2: You can close your pores entirely
Uh, no – this myth is false. The pores of your skin serve a major purpose; they are actually small hair follicles containing a sebaceous gland which produces oil. However, some people naturally have larger pores than other people, and due to the sebaceous gland, the larger pores fill up with oil and sebum which can cause them to become more visible.
While you are not able to close your skin’s pores entirely, there are ways to minimize the appearance of them and keep them clean. Our medical grade facials are excellent treatments to help with large pores.
Myth 3: Toothpaste fades spots and removes pimples
Unfortunately, toothpaste cannot be multi-purposed in this way. Toothpaste will not fade spots or remove pimples. If you are experiencing regular breakouts, whether from acne, your period, or food allergies, putting toothpaste on your spots or pimples will cause more harm than good. It will dry out your skin which can cause even worse spots to appear.
The best way to reduce breakouts is to thoroughly cleanse your skin daily. To learn more about the skincare products that are right for your skin type and skin condition, please call (919) 554-6754 and speak with one of our skincare specialists or book a free consultation online.
Myth 4: You should choose skincare products made for your age
Your skincare regimen and skincare products should be based on your skin type, not skin age because age is not a skin type.
While there are a plethora of products on the market claiming to be specifically formulated for a specific age group, the myth you should choose skincare products made for your age is just that – a myth, false.
What is true is that skin concerns and skin type of someone in their 30s can be the same as someone who is 50. Dry skin and naturally large pores don’t just automatically disappear when you turn 50 and oily skin and clogged pores can be a problem whether 20 or 50 years old.
Regardless of your age, skin balancing and controlling skin aging should start as early as possible. The ingredients it takes to keep skin vibrant and healthy is the same for everyone — the sooner you start caring for your skin, the better.
Of course, you can do nothing and age gracefully, but your gracefulness maybe someone’s nightmare. So take care your skin and use the right skincare products for your skin type.
Myth 5: Change your mascara every 3 months
This one is actually true. While you may feel that you’re wasting product, failure to change your mascara every 3 months is unhygienic.
Old mascaras attract tiny little mites. Once these mites get on your eyelashes they reproduce and fee off dead skin cells and oil, yikes! Mites can cause eye irritation and itchiness.
What to do next
If you have other beauty myths you want exposed, or you want to learn more about our treatments for your skin concerns, call (919) 554-6754 to schedule an appointment with a Wake Health Medical Group skincare specialist, or schedule a consultation online.