Tabloids, bloggers, and even news outlets are perpetuating some of the worst skin care myths. It seems like every day I come across another skin care article shared on Facebook or Twitter that offers advice that ranges from completely useless to downright dangerous. Make sure you (and your social media friends) are correctly informed when it comes to skin care! Below are the skin care myths you should never share:
1) Myth: DIY is Always Better
This is one of the most popular skin care myths out there, with countless shared articles devoted to it. First off, check your sources: the people behind these DIY skin care recipes are rarely skin care professionals themselves. This means they don't know what is and isn't good for the skin, or what precautions are taken in the development of a skin care formula. DIY sugar scrubs are a great example. The jagged granules in kitchen sugar can cut the skin and irritate it, giving you the opposite result you wanted.
I've even seen a face mask article being shared on the internet called "the burning mask". This recipe is intensely damaging to skin. One of it's ingredients is squeezed lemon juice (which, sadly, I often see in DIY recipes) The problem is that pure lemon is highly acidic, and when applied directly to the skin it can disrupt your skin's pH, cause irritation and even burn the skin. If you have a serious skin concern and want to treat it safely, consult a skin care professional – not your refrigerator.
Food-grade ingredients don't have the same standards as professional grade skin care. Have you ever eaten two jalapeño peppers that look exactly alike, but one is much hotter than the other? Both are safe to eat, but obviously one would be worse to get on your skin than the other. Any food that has natural acids in it (papaya, pineapple, lemons, etc) can burn the skin if they're too acidic. You won't be able to tell until it's too late if you're using those ingredients in your DIY skin care.
The only way to improve skin safely is with professional grade skin care. These formulas are thoroughly tested to be stable, effective and safe.
2) Myth: Sand is a Great Exfoliator
Skin care myths seem to be focused heavily on DIY ways to remedy skin issues, but most of these skin care myths are extremely harmful. I recently read an article that touted beach sand as a great exfoliator for the face and body. This one is similar to the sugar scrub myth, only worse. Sand is literally comprised of shards of jagged rocks, shells and glass which can cut, scrape and damage your skin.
Not only is it rough on your skin like sugar, but it's not even sterile! In fact, a recent study published in the Environmental Science & Technology Journal showed that sand at many beaches in the U.S. are teeming with fecal bacteria, E. coli, Enterococcus, and C. perfringens – all bacteria that makes us sick. So, to sum it up, when you use sand to exfoliate you're really just scraping up your skin and inviting infection right on in.
If you want to exfoliate your skin, stick to professional grade skin care products, like Measured Micrograins +. They will gently get rid of dead skin without giving you a disease.
3) Myth: You Can "Cure" A Sunburn
How to cure a sunburn is a commonly searched topic and we understand why. Sunburns are painful! Who wouldn't want to get rid of one? The problem is that even if you find something that soothes your burnt skin, you aren't undoing any of the damage.
90% of age signs are caused by UV exposure. These age signs can occur well after the skin is healed, so don't fool yourself. Not to mention the risk for skin cancer. The only thing you might be alleviating from a sunburn "cure" is a bit of pain – not any of danger caused by the sunburn.
Remember: It only takes five sunburns in your life to increase your risk for the deadliest form of skin cancer (melanoma) by a whopping 80%! By not using sunscreen you're actually increasing your risk for cancer by quite a lot.
Use a broad spectrum sunscreen that will protect you with quality ingredients if you're worried about cancer.
4) Myth: Pro Facials Are Painful
If your pro facial is painful, then something is wrong. There's a popular article circulating about a blogger's first facial and why she'll never go back. In the article she discusses how her esthetician didn't ask her any questions about her skin before beginning the treatment. This is where she made her first mistake.
If your esthetician doesn't ask you any questions about your skin, then leave the spa immediately. Your esthetician should always ask you a variety of different questions, like these, to insure they're giving you the correct and best facial. If they don't ask, that means they don't know what they're talking about and could give you a bad facial, which is probably how this false fact ended up on our list of skin care myths.
The article's author says she experienced pain during facial extractions. If you experience pain at any point during your facial, speak up! Your esthetician might not be able to tell just by looking at your skin that you are in pain so you need to inform them. An expert esthetician will know how to ensure your extractions are completely painless. If they tell you it's supposed to hurt, that's another sign you're not in good hands. Do your research before getting a facial to insure you're getting the best pro facial you can get.
5) Myth: You Don't Need to Wash Your Face
Well, technically if you're ok with having bad skin you don't need to wash your face. People think just rinsing with water will do the trick, but it won't do a darn thing. Do you rinse your teeth with water and expect them to be cavity-free? The same is true of your skin – water alone won't help.
Using only water just strips your skin of essential oils. It also throws off the pH balance in your skin. Never cleansing your face at all will be even worse for your skin with all the dirt and pollution you're exposed to every day. Use a cleanser formulated for your specific skin type and always follow with a toner to rebalance the skin's pH levels.
6) Myth: Petroleum Jelly Gets Rid of Wrinkles
This is an urban legend that just won't go away. Petroleum jelly won't do a thing to prevent wrinkles and other age signs. It's recommended for minor wounds because it forces the oil into the skin and prevents them from evaporating, but that's not good for the skin on your face – it will just lead to breakouts.
Only skin care products with active ingredients, like retinol, can help prevent and get rid of wrinkles. If you're concerned about fine lines, try products that have been proven to work, like these.
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