We've all been fooled by them. When it comes to skin care myths, misinformation and rumors can often end up being costly or even harmful.
We've compiled a list of the biggest beauty myths for you, so that your wallet and your skin will soon be spared.
1. Oily skin does not need moisturizing products
It is understandable that people with oily skin conclude that moisturizing products are rather counterproductive.
However, this statement is absolutely wrong!
To understand this, you first need to know that moisture and oil are two completely different things.
The oil in our skin is meant to lock in the moisture underneath. Without moisture, the skin has a hard time maintaining its natural skin barrier and regeneration. This provokes blemishes and accelerates skin aging. To avoid an additional oily complexion, it is best to reach for a moisturizer - or mask - that is specifically designed for oily or combination skin and does not rehydrate.
2. Sunscreen only in summer
"The sun is shining, don't forget to put on sunscreen!" This is a phrase we heard all too often from our parents on family vacations.
Probably one of the most harmful myths.
You don't want to hear it, however, you should put sunscreen on your face every day, even if you don't leave the house, with a sun protection factor (SPF for short) of 50. But why? The fact is that the sun is in the sky every day - unless you live in Norway, perhaps - and different weather conditions, like a cloudy sky, can actually increase the harmful UV rays.
Damage to the skin from sun exposure is reason #1 for skin cancer and the visible aging process.
So put on cream or use other products that provide you with enough SPF and don't forget to repeat this throughout the day.
3. The face is only clean when it squeaks after washing
Most people have probably noticed that the face is different from a car in many ways. When you run your fingers along the car after washing, it often makes a squeaking sound. This means that the paint is free of any grease, dust and dirt. However, if the same thing happens with the face, it may mean you've overdone it a bit. Yes, the dirt, makeup, leftover sunscreen and excess oil, should be gotten rid of, but please make sure you don't destroy the natural skin barrier with aggressive cleansers or exfoliants.
Conclusion: the right balance is the key to success.
The combination of, for example, a gentle makeup remover or micellar water and a mild cleansing gel is enough to cleanse your face and prepare it for the rest of your skincare routine.
4. Acne from lack of hygiene
Blemishes and acne are true creatures of hell and unnecessary comments and rumors are their best friends.
Yes, blemishes can be treated by cleaning and taking care of the skin regularly, but the most common reasons from which pimples, acne, large pores and blackheads, arise are:
Genetic predisposition, unbalanced hormones, stress and poor diet.
So don't let the opinions of others get you down and influence you negatively. What is important is what you think of yourself!
5. The more the better!
Nowadays, beauty products are being pushed at you from all sides. "Use this to get rid of your wrinkles, use that for pore-free skin." You hear it from everywhere. But often we overload our skin with it. It's important to find the right products, suitable for your skin.
For some, facial cleanser and moisturizer is enough, other people need a few more intermediate steps.
Try it out and see what works for you.
Hopefully, with this article, we were able to save you from future bad purchases and skin disasters, and you're one step closer to understanding your skin better.