Taking care of our skin is something that quite a few of us tend to neglect. We don’t pay attention to it until we start to notice the wear and tear. There are a lot of things you need to consider when putting in the effort to take care of your skin. There’s a lot of information out there about skin care and with that comes misinformation. Here are three skin care myths that you should know about:
1. Moisturizer is Unnecessary if You Have Oily Skin
If there’s one thing people with oily skin have always believed is that, if you have oily skin, you don’t need to throw any moisturizer on it. FALSE!
We get it: the thought of slathering moisturizer onto skin that’s already shiny isn’t very appealing. But, before you run away, it’s important to understand just how beneficial the right moisturizer can be for oily skin. Your skin has a natural moisture barrier which gets damaged by UV rays, keeping your skin moisturized limits this damage. The fact that you have oily skin might make you think that you are safe from this, but your skin is actually just as susceptible to this damage regardless of oil.
People with oily skin should use a moisturizer that is lightweight and non-comedogenic—meaning it won’t block pores. This will ensure that moisturizing won’t make your skin look any shinier than it already does.
Dark Skin Doesn’t Require Anti-Aging
The myth that people of color don’t show aging, e.g., fine lines and wrinkles, as early as Caucasian skin tones, has indeed some truth behind it,” as the darker your skin tone, the higher the level of melanin in your skin, which helps protect the skin from external damage, like sun damage and pollution.
But long-term sun exposure can still have severe consequences for darker-skinned people and they can get sunburned too. If you have dark skin, you have a higher melanin count and that’s the chemical which protects you from UV rays, but it’s not an unbreakable protection.- In other words, black does crack.
If you’re out in the sun, wear sunscreen, it’s that simple. No matter how susceptible you are to skin cancer it’s better to be safe than sorry.
You Can’t Over-Exfoliate
Exfoliation is something that should definitely be a part of your skin care routine, especially as you get older, but despite what you might think it is possible to overdo it. In case you’re unfamiliar with it, exfoliating is the process of removing dead cells from the surface of your skin.
Over-exfoliation is one skin-care mistake almost all of us make. We incessantly scrub off dry, flaky patches of skin in an effort to take care of it — and when we accidentally exfoliate too often or with a scrub that’s too harsh, it backfires big time
It’s a common belief that you can exfoliate every single day and that you should do it every day since the cells are always dying. This is a bad idea however, because your skin can only take so much of the products. They are designed to destroy skin cells and if you use too much of them it will affect your living cells too.
By: Dammy Eneli
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