5 Skin Care Myths Busted!26/02/2015
Winter can wreak havoc with your skin, and never more so than when the wind is as biting as it has been recently.
It can be hard to know what to do to bring your skin back to its normal, hydrated self, and the amount of skin care myths floating around certainly doesn’t help. We’ve picked five of the myths we hear most often, so you can skip past the rubbish and get straight to glowing, healthy skin!
While we’re not going to stand here and tell you you’re off the hook on your 8 glasses of water a day, it’s certainly not the key to hydrated skin. Drinking water hydrates your body, which is very important, but it doesn’t hydrate your skin.
Dr Jeffrey Benabio on the Derm Blog says no studies have substantively shown that drinking water hydrates you from the inside out. Instead, what you can do is look out for ingriedients in your skincare that may be drying out your skin, like retinol formulas. Choose gentler products, particularly those with natural ingriedients like our Dream Crème, to allow your skin to rehydrate naturally.
2. If products don’t give you results instantly, you’re wasting your time.
When you’ve got a skin problem, like a spot or dry patch that won’t budge, it’s understandable to want overnight success when trying new products. We all just want perfect, glowing skin, but it can take a little longer than you would like.
You might think a week is a generous trial period, but in truth, you should give products up to a month of use before expecting results or improvements. Of course, it depends on your skin and the product – if you see results earlier, great! But the only time you need to give up on a product after a week is if it’s causing an adverse reaction in your skin, like a rash, swelling or itching.
Ireland might not be known for its glorious sunshine, but that doesn’t mean your skin is protected from UV rays. And that goes for both inside and outside the house! While we all know it’s important to use UV protection even when the sun doesn’t seem to be out, it’s easy to assume you’re safe when you’re not outside.
The sunburn-causing UVB rays are unlikely to get through your windows, but UVA rays – which age skin – are a little sneakier. They can penetrate glass, so your skin is still vulnerable. Use blinds during the day, sit away from the window, or simply use a product with an SPF even inside the house for a little extra protection from those aging rays.
4. Shaving your legs makes the hair grow back thicker
Your mother may have told you when you were younger to delay shaving your legs as long as possible, as the hair will only grow back longer or thicker. This is a myth. While the hair may look a little thicker to you, what’s actually happened is that you’ve cut the hair off mid-shaft, exposing the thickest part of the hair. If you let it grow out again, it would be no thicker than before, so you’ve nothing to worry about!
5. Chocolate causes acne
Those New Year diets might be going well, but on cold, long days, sometimes a little chocolate treat doesn’t go amiss. It can sometimes feel when a spot coincidentally pops up after you’ve indulged, that it’s all chocolate’s fault, but you’re safe! Acne is caused by sebum, an oily substance in your skin, and has little to do with your chocolate treat. Keep your skin clean with gentle, natural products like our Cleanse and Mend cleanser, to keep your sebum levels at bay and hold off the spots.
Have you fallen victim to any of these skincare myths?