Skincare is an entire science. It is divided into fields, and each of those fields has subfields, and each field is very specialized. From getting rid of acne, to preventing them, from ironing out wrinkles, removing discoloration, all the way to getting rid of stretch marks or just getting younger-looking skin, skincare is one vast, complicated thing.
And just like any science or field of knowledge, it has its own myths.
Myths that we took the time to debunk in this article. Read on and learn what’s true, and what’s false in skincare.
1. Cleaning in the evening is sufficient
Definitely belongs in the realm of myths. Cleansing is especially important in the evening – and the rest before bedtime is perfect for beauty care and relaxation. Eye makeup must be carefully removed, as well as sebum, dust, and everything else that the day brings with it. But dead skin cells, dirt, and sebum are also deposited on the skin at night. And of course, cleansed skin is better prepared for the upcoming care. So twice a day reach for lukewarm water, cleansing product, and toner.
The most important thing: The cleansing products must be tailored to the individual skin type and must not irritate the skin. As clean as necessary, as gentle as possible is the motto.
2. Water alone is enough to cleanse
Do you clean a greasy pan with water alone? Of course not. To get the skin “pore-deep” clean, special cleansing products are needed that gently remove sweat and environmental particles. Whether cleansing milk or foam is a question of skin type. If makeup has to come off in the evening, water alone definitely won’t do the job. And because of the pH value of water, the skin gets out of balance.
To cleanse the skin twice a day with special cleansing products that thoroughly remove dirt and sebum while regulating the pH value.
3. Natural care products are always better too
Not necessarily. Caution may be needed with natural skincare products, especially for sensitive skin: A high level of natural essences, oils, and active ingredients may also carry a higher allergic risk. Reactions can occur more easily with sensitive skin. In addition, natural ingredients in particular are not always comprehensively standardized.
Sometimes synthetic ingredients are more compatible or effective. Natural but purified active ingredients – such as bisabolol instead of chamomile extract, which can lead to allergic reactions – develop their efficacy and are particularly well tolerated.
4. Drinking plenty of water is enough to keep the skin moisturized
Drinking enough water is recommended for the whole organism, but this alone is not enough to moisturize the skin. Because when we drink water, our body uses it first for vital bodily functions and only at the end for our skin. This means: Drinking enough water is a must – but it is not enough.
The moisturizing face cream is therefore a must. And lipids are also important: Especially those who tend to have dry skin should pay special attention to moisturizing care that also contains lipids. Especially in the colder season, when sebum production is reduced and the protective film becomes thinner.
5. Oily skin does not need moisture
Wrong! Oily skin also needs moisture. So please never “dry” the skin by excessive washing. Too little moisture damages the skin barrier and dries it out – this promotes the entry of pathogens.
6. Toothpaste helps against pimples
Please don’t. Toothpaste does have an antiseptic effect, so germs can’t multiply as easily. In addition, it removes fluid from the inflammation and dries it out. However, toothpaste also contains ingredients that are not good for the skin. Flavorings such as menthol irritate the outer protective layer and can increase inflammation.
Therefore, it is better to use an anti-pimple stick or a sebum-reducing antimicrobial solution, or a sebum-regulating gel cream to reduce the inflammation.
7. Acne is caused by a lack of hygiene
Far from it – the opposite is often the case! In many cases, those affected cleanse their face too frequently and with aggressive, drying washing substances. This leads to damage of the skin barrier, so that the development of impurities, such as papules and pustules, is favored.
With pH-regulating cleansing, the skin barrier is strengthened and the regeneration of the hydrolipid film is optimally supported.
8. Pimples are caused by chips and chocolate
Although chips and chocolate are certainly not among the healthiest foods, it has not been proven that they have anything to do with blemished skin. Primarily, pimples are due to excessive sebum production, hyperkeratinization, and the rise of certain bacteria. In fact, even the healthy foods of milk and citrus tend to cause blemishes more than greasy foods.
But of course, in terms of a healthy diet, chocolate and fatty foods should only be enjoyed in moderation.
9. A lot of sun helps with acne
Many people are under the impression that summer improves their acne and overall skin appearance, but on the other hand, scientific research shows that UV exposure can also promote the formation of pimples and comedones. Let’s stick to the facts: Excessive sun exposure increases the risk of so-called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. And peelings and dermabrasions, which are frequently used in acne therapy, make the skin surface more sensitive to UV radiation.
Therefore, even with blemished skin, only enjoy the sun in moderation. It is also important to use non-comedogenic daycare suitable for acne skin with a sufficiently high sun protection factor so that sunburn and skin aging have no chance.
10. A lot helps a lot
No way! As a rule, it is sufficient to apply the cream to the face in the morning and evening after cleansing. Those who constantly lubricate, possibly with constantly changing products, are not doing their skin any favors. At a certain point, it reacts with a defensive reaction that manifests itself as inflammatory pustules, pimples, and scaly patches around the mouth – a condition known as perioral dermatitis. Then the only thing that helps is a visit to the dermatologist.
So: Take care of your skin in moderation and in accordance with your own skin type!
Don’t fall for any beauty myth
So you see: There are quite a few beauty myths. Unfortunately, some of them still stubbornly persist. Especially with regard to skincare, there are still too many misconceptions. We hope, however, that we have been able to decipher and clarify a few of these myths so that you can definitely choose the right skin care.
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