Acne is only for teenagers, hot water opens your pores, and you only need to start using anti-ageing products once you hit thirty, right? There are plenty of skin care misconceptions out there, with the vast number of new products continuously being added to the market, there is skin care advice coming from every corner. In this blog, weâ€™re going to look at ten of the most common myths about skin care and debunk them.
Myth 1: Junk food causes bad skin
Bad skin can be caused for a number of reasons; nothing is bad for you in small doses, there has been little research to show that the link between junk food and bad skin are linked, if you eat junk food in moderation it shouldnâ€™t be the leading cause of acne.
Myth 2: You need to use products from one brand
It is not necessary to use all products from just one brand. Companies will tend to pair products together that use specific ingredients that are effective when used together, but this comes down to the ingredients used and not the brand itself. Research into what ingredients work seamlessly together and ensure they are a good match.
Myth 3: Acne is only for teenagers
No matter your age your skin can be prone to acne, acne is caused by a build-up of dead skin cells, sebum (an oily substance produced by the sebaceous glands) and bacteria. It is more likely to have acne in the teenage years due to higher levels of hormones, but adults of all ages can be prone to adult acne too.
Myth 4: Thereâ€™s only one right skincare routine
Skincare isnâ€™t one size fits all, what works for one person may not work for another. Different skin types will require different products, and even the same skin types may need different products, itâ€™s all about trial and error, working out what products and routine work personal to you.
Myth 5: Expensive skin care works best
Youâ€™ll find that many skin care products will use similar ingredients, but well-known brands will charge a lot more than more affordable counterparts. Itâ€™s about the ingredients in the skin care that determines what is best, but as stated before, skin care is not one size fits all and what will work for one person, may not work for another.
Myth 6: Hot water opens up your pores
Pores donâ€™t have muscles, and therefore that means they canâ€™t open or close, warmer water will make your pores look more visible, but thatâ€™s only due to your skin swelling slightly and not that your pores are opening.
Myth 7: You only need to start using anti-ageing products when you reach your thirties
Itâ€™s never too early to start using anti-ageing products, but the key is to choose products that are correct for your age. SPF should be used from a young age to protect your skin from the signs of ageing; sun exposure is the primary cause of pigmentation, reduced skin elasticity and wrinkles. As you get older your skin is less hydrated, so youâ€™ll need thicker creams to keep your skin full of moisture, a good skin care routine is the key to slowing ageing effects.
Myth 8: Your skin can become immune to skin care products
It is unlikely that your skin will become immune to skin care products if the ingredients you use on your skin work for your skin type then they will continue to do so. If your skin type changes then you will need to change products as your skin will require different ingredients, but itâ€™s highly unlikely for your skin to become immune to your usual skin care goods.
Myth 9: Youâ€™ll notice a difference in your skin a day after using new products
Skin cell turnover is around every twenty-one days, you should start to notice results around a month after using new products, this gives your skin time to get used to the new products, but the difference you see in your skin will depend on how much work your skin requires.
Myth 10: Skincare is only for your face
The skin is the largest organ of our bodies, with the skin on your face only covering a small proportion. Your whole body needs care, with particular attention on the hands, knees, elbows and feet which are prone to dryness. You should use a hydrating body wash, moisturiser and exfoliator to keep your skin rejuvenated.
We hope this blog has helped debunk some of the common myths about skin care, using natural products for skin is the perfect way to keep your skin clean, healthy and hydrated while fighting the ageing effects, if you need a reason as to why a daily skin care routine is essential, you can read our blog here.