Five Common Skincare Misconceptions

#1 “I have oily skin, therefore I do not need to moisturize”

Oily skin is caused by a lack of water and moisture in the skin, therefore moisturizer is an important step for this skin type. If you are not capping off your skincare routine with a moisturizer, your skin will overproduce oils to compensate for the lack of moisture on your skin, which can lead to clogged pores, blackheads and blemishes. By adding the correct amount of moisture to your skin, you are combatting the effects and symptoms, resulting in better skin health.

#2 “The more product I use, the better the results will be”

Why is this false? Professional products are highly concentrated and formulated with targeted ingredients, vitamins and nutrients, which help improve the problem areas the problem areas of your skin. A small amount will go a long way, and overuse will only speed up the rate at which you need to purchase. So save those pennies and make sure to use only the amount as directed on the bottle.

#3 “If I use a higher SPF factor, I will not need to reapply”

If spending any amount of time outside, it is recommended that you apply SPF at least every two hours to prevent skin damage and sunburn. To ensure that you get the full SPF of a sunscreen, you should apply approximately a shot glass of sunscreen 30 minutes prior to sun exposure. Reapplication is crucial, regardless of the SPF number you are using, as we are typically never in “ideal” conditions. Excessive sweating, swimming, laying on a towel, absorption from your clothes…all of these factors will limit the time your sunscreen will be effective for.

According to skincancer.org, “SPF 15 filters out approximately 93 per cent of all incoming UVB rays. SPF 30 keeps out 97 per cent and SPF 50 keeps out 98 per cent. They may seem like negligible differences, but if you are light-sensitive, or have a history of skin cancer, those extra percentages will make a difference”.

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SOURCE: Beatty, A. (2018, June 11). Spa 901. Five Common Skincare Misconceptions. Retrieved from http://www.spa901.ca/3194-2

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