Myths can be entertaining, but when they’re about skin care, they can be hazardous to your health. Here are 5 of the most well-known and widespread myths about skin care that you need to know.
Myth 1: Tanning Booths Are a Safe Way to Tan
Many people believe that it’s healthier to use a tanning booth than to tan outdoors. However, tanning booths are just as dangerous as the actual sun. Tanning booths use UVA rays to tan your skin. UVA rays penetrate your skin and alter the pigmentation of your skin cells. This causes premature aging and skin cancer.
Myth 2: You Don’t Need Sunscreen on a Cloudy Day
Clouds may prevent you from seeing the sun, but they don’t provide any protection from it. UV radiation from the sun still reaches the earth, even when there’s clouds. Which is why it’s important to apply sunscreen every day.
Myth 3: The Higher the SPF, the Better the Protection
The SPF number on a bottle of sunscreen refers to the amount of protection the lotion offers against sunburns. However, unless the bottle specifies that the SPF is “broad spectrum,” the sunscreen is only protecting you against UVB rays.
There are two kinds of UV rays that your skin needs to be protected against—UVB rays and UVA rays. UVB rays are what cause sunburns. They’re also the cause of damage to your skin’s DNA which results in photoaging, pigment changes and the growth of carcinomas, (cancerous tumors).
UVA rays penetrate your skin and alter your pigmentation cells which increases your body’s production of melanin. Increased melanin protection can augment your risk of developing skin related ailments, as well as causing your skin to age prematurely.
You need a sunscreen that specifies “broad spectrum” in order to ensure that you’re being protected against both UVA and UVB rays.
Experts recommend a minimum broad spectrum SPF of at least 15. However, if you don’t apply the correct amount of sunscreen, you’re only getting half of the SPF protection. The correct amount of sunscreen is 1 oz. for your body and 1 tbsp. for your face. Given that many people don’t apply this amount, using a sunscreen with a higher SPF can help to compensate for the lack of applied lotion. In other words, if you use an SPF of 30, and you only apply half the required amount, your skin will be protected with an SPF of 15.
Myth 4. It’s Better to Get the Pus Out of a Pimple by Popping It
If you’re a fan of Dr. Sandra Lee, aka Dr. Pimple Popper, then you may be strongly tempted to get rid of your zits by popping them. Don’t. Popping a zit causes the bacteria-laden pus to go deeper into your skin. This results in more inflammation, causes your pimples to spread and could potentially leave you with facial scarring. You could also be introducing new bacteria into your skin. Even after washing your hands you still run the risk of spreading bacteria from your fingers onto your face.
If, however, you really want to pop your zits, then you need to either visit a professional or invest in a comedone extractor.
Myth 5. Expensive Skin Care Products Work Best
The price of your skin care product doesn’t necessarily guarantee its effectiveness. You can usually find the same ingredients in less expensive products. It is, after all, what’s on the inside that counts.
For example, if you’re looking for an effective anti-aging product, WebMD says it should have one or more of the following ingredients.
- Vitamin C
- Alpha Hydroxyl Acids (AHA)
- Hyaluronic Acid
SkinAgain’s Youth Anti-Aging Cream, contains Rumex Occidentalis, 5 Powerful Peptides, Antioxidants, Green Tea Extract and Ginkgo Biloba Extract. SkinAgain retails for $64 US whereas its competitors retail for nearly twice that, while containing nearly identical ingredients.
These are just 5 of the most prevalent skin care myths out there, but there are many more. Remember to fact check your information and when in doubt, consult a professional. For trustworthy, fact-checked advice on skin care visit skinagain.com/blog