Skin Care Myths
It is hard to know when we are getting true, authentic, dependable and usable information about our skin. There are numerous myths tossed around about different skin care remedies and what improves the look and feel of your skin and what damages. Listed below are skin care myths that help clear any confusion!
1. Tanning beds are safe as long as they don’t contain UVB rays
When tanning in a bed you are still being exposed to UVA rays which are actually penetrating your skin deeper and leaving you more susceptible to skin cancers and premature aging. Tanning beds do not filter out the harmful rays that can do a great damage on your skin.
2. Chocolate and greasy foods will make you break out
It has been said that chocolate and greasy foods cause breakouts but this is a myth. Eating these kinds of foods will not lead to breakouts. While chocolate and greasy foods such as pizza and bacon may not be healthy foods to eat, they should not cause breakouts. There are healthier choices of certain foods however that might improve the look and feel of your skin. A healthy food to eat to help acne is kidney beans. Kindney beans are actually high in zinc. There is a parallel between low levels of zinc in acne prone skin. Some other foods that are high in zinc levels are red meats, seafood, whole grains and dairy products.
3. Scrubbing your face with soap will keep your skin healthy and acne free
When you scrub your face you are actually removing some protective oils and barriers that cover and shelter your skin. Using gentle cleansers followed by a moisturizer is the best way to clean and clear the skin for a flawless look.
4. Skin aging cannot be slowed down
There are some very important things you can add to your daily schedule to improve the look of your skin and to slow down the aging process. A healthy diet will lead to a healthier you and that means healthier younger looking skin as well! A diet high in antioxidants should improve your skin almost instantly. An antioxidant diet is one that revolves around a lot of different types of fruit and veggies. Things such as apples, berries, grapes, raisins, broccoli, carrots, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, squash and collard greens are just to name a few!
5. The higher the SPF, the higher the protection
There are three different kinds of ultraviolet rays that filter through your skin, UVA rays, UVB rays, and UVC rays. UVA rays are the type of rays that are going to change the pigmentation of your skin color to leave a tan, these rays go deep into the skin. UVB rays are the harsh rays that can cause sunburn and lead to photoaging, pigment changes and cancerous tumors. These rays can be dangerous and cause life long damage to the skin. Lastly UVC rays are those which are actually absorbed by the atmosphere and never make it down to the ground.
This being said, sunscreens only offer protection from UVB rays which means you are still not protected from UVA rays which are penetrating the skin deeply which in turn can change the pigmentation of your skin color. In order to get protection from UVA rays look for sunscreens with the ingredients mexoryl, oxybenzone, avobenzone, or titanium dioxide.
6. You have to use the same line of skincare products in order for them to work
On a lot of skincare advertisements they are advertising for one skincare product that should be used along with one or two others(sometimes even more)they sell the product in the set, which is usually quite expensive, and you are to use all the products simultaneously. It is false however, that you have to use all the products in order for one of the products to work. Some skin types are different than others. One type of skin might only need one product while someone else might want to use two or three of the products. It is misguided however to think that all the products must be purchased to see an effect from one. Don’t spend a fortune trying to buy the whole collection, just use the ones needed for your skin and save yourself the money.
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