Ok, ok, the truth is, we’re probably all a little confused when it comes to what we can and can’t put on our skin. We are being told left, right and centre what to do if we want glowing skin, yet a lot of the information we’re being told is contradictory of the ‘hack’ we read last week. Everyone is different which means in all honesty, it’s difficult to pin down what exactly we’re ALL doing wrong. However, there are some skincare myths which are floating about and we’re here to clear up a few so the realm of skincare becomes a little less confusing…even if it is just by a smidgen.
Fatty foods lead to acne:
Not necessarily true. We’ve been told this our whole lives but fatty foods actually have no evidence to suggest they cause acne. Usually it’s stress and anxiety which leads to acne – stress causes exhaustion, over eating, and a generally unhealthy lifestyle which in turn leads to acne.
Dairy however is linked to acne and if you are going to change your diet, cutting dairy completely (yes, even cheese *cries*) is probably your best bet.
Your skin is down to genetics:
This also is not necessarily true. Whilst it might have some affect on how your skin ages, there are a lot more factors that will affect the speed at which your skin ages. Sun exposure, stress, pollution, exercise, general lifestyle are all factors to consider when wondering what exactly causes the unwanted ageing of your skin.
Getting a base tan decreases your chance of sunburn:
No, no, no. Most people think that getting a ‘base tan’ before going on holiday is the best way to decrease their chances of getting sunburnt. This is in fact false. If your skin colour is anything other than your natural colour then your skin has been damaged! It’s become a general beauty standard that tanned skin is more beautiful but this hasn’t always been the case, take a look back at our Cosmetology In series and you’ll soon learn that past generations have always been cautious of the sun. We should be taking a leaf out of their book!
SPF doesn’t tell you how long you can stay in the sun:
The SPF number is not a guide on how long you can stay in the sun, nor does it double your protection. The number is a guide on how much protection you are getting from the sun’s rays. For example, an SPF 15 cream will protect you from 93% of sun rays and SPF 30 will block 97%. You will still need to reapply sun cream regularly.
Makeup causes acne:
This is true and false. Makeup doesn’t directly cause acne, so wearing a lot of makeup during the day isn’t going to necessarily give you spots. Just like wearing less makeup won’t necessarily give you better skin. It all comes down to your bedtime routine discipline. If you’re one to get lazy before bed and sleep in your makeup then you’ll have a lot of making up to do (pardon the pun). If you don’t remove makeup before bed then the makeup will form a toxic film over your skin, blocking your pores and making your skin unable to breathe. Falling asleep with makeup on is probably the worst skincare crime you could do!
We hope this has enlightened you on some things and we also hope this has cleared some of your questions up!