There are many misconceptions and dos and don'ts when it comes to proper skin care. With so much information available to us, it can be difficult to tell fallacy from truth, so we're here to set the record straight on some common skin care myths.
Myth 1: You are born with sensitive skin.
Truth: Unless you were born with a genetic condition or severe eczema, it's not likely that you were born with sensitive skin. The skin can become sensitive over time due to excesive sun exposure, over-exfoliation, or overloading the skin with too many aggressive products.
Myth 2: If you don't burn, you don't need to wear sunscreen.
Truth: You need sunscreen 365 days a year! Sunscreen not only protects the skin from burning caused by UVB rays, it also shields the skin from UVA rays responsible for premature aging and photodamage. Look for broad spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreens for protection against UVA and UVB rays. Remember, sun damage is cumulative, so be sure to apply sunscreen on a daily basis to keep your skin evenly pigmented and youthful.
Myth 3: You were born with freckles.
Truth: Freckles are a result of sun damage. Look at the sun-protected skin on the inner part of the upper arm or breast area. Unless you've spent a lot of time tanning, this skin is typically clear, wrinkle free, and smooth! Compare that skin to the skin on your face to judge how well you've been protecting your skin from the harmful effects of the sun.
Myth 4: You should start using anti-aging products once you start noticing the signs of aging.
Truth: When it comes to skin health, the earlier you make it a proirity, the better. Preventing damage is much easier than reversing it later. Of course, it's never too late to implement a good skin care regime and reverse sun damage.
Myth 5: Popping a pimple will make it go away faster.
Truth: Although it may seem like a (tempting) quick fix, picking or squeezing a pimple leaves dirt and oil behind on your skin, which can cause more breakouts and worsen the existing blemish, and can lead to unnecessary scarring.
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