There are a lot of skin care myths and opposing facts out there. Oftentimes, they even come from a root of truth! But many of the most egregious skin care myths are ones that have been disproved by science and yet are still considered common sense. So at the start of 2021, we wanted to take a moment to address some of the biggest skin care myths that it’s more than past time to leave behind.
1. Tanning Is Good for You
The skin care myth that tanning is good for you comes from a root of truth, which is that your skin creates vitamin D when exposed to the sun and that your bones and muscles need this vitamin. But your body only needs moderate sun exposure to create sufficient vitamin D, not the type of sun exposure that pierces your skin cells and causes your skin to become darker. So while the tanning industry launches campaigns to blur the skin care myths and facts around tanning, the reality remains that tanning is never good for your skin.
2. Chocolate and Greasy Foods Cause Acne
Good news, chocolate lovers: the idea that chocolate or greasy foods cause acne is one of the skin care myths we’re leaving behind. Pimples are caused by your pores getting blocked with oil, dead skin, or bacteria, not your diet. In fact, there is no definitive science saying that any food causes acne.
The only exception to this would be if you’re having a genuine allergic reaction to something you’ve eaten. But extreme food allergies are rare and specific to an individual, so they don't have much connection to the general skin care myths and facts we hear about acne.
3. Using Hot Water Can Open Up Your Pores
There are a couple skin care myths to address here. First, there’s the mistaken idea that you can “open up” your pores. When your pores are aged or clogged, they can look bigger or smaller, but you can’t “open” or “close” them. Second, hot water is never good for your skin. Steam can loosen debris clogging your pores, but hot water strips your skin of all its natural moisture.
If you want to clean your skin thoroughly, all you need is a great cleanser, an exfoliant like microdermabrasion, and a clay mask. But hot water alone will cause your skin to overproduce natural oils, which will clog up your pores even more.
4. The Right Skin Cream Is the Only Thing You Need
Lots of companies use skin care myths to sell their products, such as the idea that their skin cream is the only solution you need. And while it’s true that a good skin cream can do wonders for you, skin care myths and facts are distinctly different. In reality, there’s no one magic solution for younger-looking skin. You need an integrative, 360-degree approach that can include med spa treatments, lifestyle changes, and medical grade products.
The biggest contributors to wrinkles and aging are sun exposure and smoking. If you smoke, quitting will help your skin better than any cream. Similarly, diligently using SPF each day will help protect your skin from developing wrinkles. Of course, a great skin cream will undoubtedly improve your skin, but no skin cream can single-handedly save you from wrinkles if you’re not taking care of your skin in other necessary ways!
5. A Sunscreen With Higher SPF Is Better for You
This skin care myth is easy to believe since it’s true that too little SPF is ineffective. But SPF 30, the level that experts recommend, is already 97% effective against UV rays, and the extra 1-2% of protection that higher SPFs offer is usually negligible.
If you’re planning to be out in the sun for hours during peak exposure (between 10am and 2pm) you might benefit from a higher SPF sunscreen. It also might be wise to consult with a skin care expert if you plan on taking a trip somewhere with extreme conditions. Otherwise, shop smarter, not stronger, when it comes to sunscreen.
If you’re looking for the best possible products that are research-based and not built on skin care myths, you can’t do any better than Salameh Skin Care. Use our Skin Care Advisor to get personalized suggestions and find the best options for you today!