23 Jul 5 Skincare Myths We Wish Were True (But Probably Aren’t)
Has your mother or best friend ever recommended a skin care “miracle” that you personally thought sounded a little hokey? The team at Vain Pursuits took to the Internet to peruse some of the most pervasive skincare myths about skincare that sounded a little too good to be true, and found out that most of them are.
Myth: Tanning or sun exposure can clear up your acne.
Have you ever noticed that your skin looks clearer in the summertime? A lot of people think a healthy glow from sunbathing helps with acne, with others say it’s never a good idea. So what’s the deal? If you’re looking for short-term results, it’s true that sun exposure will improve the look of your skin. Heat from the sun dries out the oil in your breakouts, and the tanning of your skin color helps to hide discoloration caused by acne. The results are pretty much immediate! Unfortunately, we have to cloud to this sunny outlook. Ultraviolet light from tanning (either in a booth or outdoors) can make your acne even worse, making the benefits of your glow very short-lived. That means you’re only left with adverse long-term effects. Ultraviolet light penetrating the skin creates free radicals, which can lead to skin cancer and premature aging. On the topic of tanning, we’ve got to take the side of sunscreen.
Myth: Taking a makeup-free day is great for your skin.
Do you sport an all-natural look or do you prefer to play around with products? No matter where you fall on the spectrum, you’ve probably heard your makeup routine can impact the overall quality of your skin. But does wearing makeup really make a difference?While it doesn’t appear that daily makeup application is bad for your skin, it’s always a good idea to take your makeup off when you’re sleeping or sweating (think: hazy summer days, running, hot yoga.) Your face’s natural oils melt and blend with the oils in your makeup, which can suffocate your skin and clog pores. Some oils in makeup can also directly cause acne – this is called acne cosmetica. It’s mild, but common, and usually comes in the form of clogged pores and red bumps. If you think you’re having a reaction like this, it might be worth switching to makeup that is hypoallergenic, noncomedogenic, or nonacnegenic. Fragrance or oil-free are also good options! As long as you’re washing up before bed, we don’t think your makeup should be causing too many issues.
Myth: Fancy facials are good for your skin.
There’s no denying treating yourself to a spa facial feels amazing, but does it really improve your skin? This one seems up for debate, with aestheticians and dermatologists taking opposite sides. There hasn’t been much scientific evidence to back up the claim that facials are good for your skin. Dermatologists are skeptical to promote them without further research, and say the basic benefit of exfoliation can easily be done at home for a fraction of the cost. On the other side, aestheticians sing the praises of routine facials, saying they boost the growth of new skin cells, stimulate facial muscles, and create a youthful, radiant glow. While these effects are likely temporary and could be achieved by less pricey means, if your spa trip makes you feel wonderful, we don’t see any issue with the occasional facial.
Myth: Toothpaste is a great spot-treatment for stray zits.
You’ve done it, I’ve done it, we’ve all done it. And how could we resist? It’s already in the bathroom! Everyone from celebrities to your mother has suggested you try it out. But can a dab of the pasty stuff really zap that zit? Certain ingredients in toothpaste can work to dry out zits, but they’re by no means magical. Baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol – drying agents like this can be found in your pantry or cupboard, and don’t exactly set toothpaste apart. Additionally, these ingredients can easily dry out your skin, often to the point of itchy irritation (we do not recommend it). While there’s nothing too harmful about experimenting with toothpaste as an acne treatment, for those of us with sensitive skin (or perhaps just a preference for the gel kind), the toothpaste should probably stay in your mouth.
Myth: You can fix your dry skin by drinking more water.
Is there anything water can’t do? It makes up 60% of the adult body, covers 70% of the planet, and will save your soul after a night out drinking. While consuming enough water is key for general health and wellness, does water’s power extend to the radiance of your skin? Studies have shown that the water content in dry versus oily skin is pretty much the same. Dry skin is actually caused by breakdowns in your skin’s cellular makeup that make it appear rough or uneven, and unfortunately, merely drinking water won’t even it out. What really matters in fixing dry skin is protecting the outer barrier – always avoid irritating skin care products, and of course, protect yourself from sun damage.
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