6 Skincare Myths
Updated: Apr 20
1. The higher the SPF, the better protection. The recommended SPF is either 15 or 30 depending on if you will be outside. When you use an SPF higher than that, you are not exactly getting more coverage. You will just want to apply after a couple of hours when outside for a while. The most important factor to look at is if the sunscreen protects you from UVA and UVB rays.
2. Toothpaste is a good spot treatment Toothpaste can contain ingredients to “dry” out a pimple. However, it can be too harsh on your skin and even cause burns or irritation by stripping the skin of its natural oils. It is best to leave toothpaste for your brushing your teeth.
3. Products labeled “natural” or “chemical free” are good for you. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of natural ingredients that are great for your skin. However, some natural ingredients can be extremely damaging and even clog pores. For example, essential oils are becoming popular within skincare ingredients. Some oils can cause irritation and photosensitivity to the sun.
4. You have acne because you don’t wash your face. Yes, not washing your face routinely can play a role in breakouts but is not the only factor. Acne can occur from various factors including hormones, diet, stress, and sleep.
5. Makeup with SPF is good enough protection against the sun. The level of protection is weakened when using makeup or moisturizers with SPF. To get the level of protection that is needed, you would need to apply layers upon layers of the product which is not feasible. It is best to use sunscreen as a separate product and then apply your makeup.
6. Facial wipes clean your skin.
Face wipes smear dirt, makeup, and oil all over your face instead of thoroughly cleansing your pores. A cleanser is the best option to fully remove build-up deep within your pores.