Top Skin Care Myths & Truths

Everyone’s heard the dos and don’ts of skincare – but how many of those are true? What are you rubbing on your face that actually doesn’t clear your pores, or even worse, does more harm to your skin? We all have different skin types, whether it be sensitive, dry or oily, it is important to treat each according to its needs.

  1. Hot water opens pores: False

Cleansers, scrubs and face wash products that claim when combined with warm water, pores will open and aide in a more thorough cleaning. When in fact, the skin’s pores neither open nor close when washed with warm water. The warm water loosens hardened dirt, oil and makeup inside of the pores, which makes it easier for scrubs to clean out. Too hot of water can strip the skin of natural oils and lead to irritation and dryness.

  1. Tanning beds are safe: False

Tanning in the sun is unhealthy, so what would make tanning with high concentrations of sun exposure? Tanning booth companies will even claim that they filter the UVB rays that burn your skin. Once you get into the bed, your still exposing your skin to UVA rays which actually penetrate deeper and cause damage that can lead to premature aging, skin cancer, and the beds can be grounds for spreading skin diseases if not cleaned properly.

  1. You don’t need sunscreen on a cloudy day: False

Cloudy days can seem innocuously harmless; however the UV radiation from the sun reaches the earth’s surface regardless. Applying sunscreen in addition to wearing makeup is also very important, regardless if it is a makeup with SPF. Sunscreen should be applied every two hours and shouldn’t be forgotten when swimming or sweating.

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