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7 Skin Care Myths, Busted

Updated: Jan 15

We are constantly bombarded by beauty trends, tips, and tricks on the internet these days. This is especially true with so many social influencers out there, but today we are ready to debunk some of the skincare myths floating around.

Just because it's out there doesn't mean it's true, and there is tons of misleading beauty advice available online. We've picked our top 7 myths related to skincare that are just not entirely true. Take a look below to see the truth behind these myths.

Myth #1 You don't need a moisturizer if you have oily skin. Most of us use facial cleansers that remove the natural oils from your skin, so even if you naturally have oily skin, it's important to use a moisturizer to replace that protective layer. If you prefer to skip using a moisturizer, then a great alternative would be to use an oil-based cleanser to maintain that protective layer.

Myth #2 – The harder you exfoliate, the better results you'll get. We're not sure who came up with this one, but pain doesn't always equal gain. When exfoliating, you should be gentle when treating your skin, especially on your face. Scrubbing hard or exfoliating too often can cause damage to your skin.

Myth #3 – Age spots are just a normal part of getting older. Age spots are actually due to years of unprotected sun exposure and not about your age. While there are treatments to help reduce the appearance of age spots, now is the time to prevent additional skin discoloration by using proper skin protection daily.

Myth #4 – You don't need to start wearing eye cream until there are visible aging signs. The area surrounding your eyes is thinner and more delicate than the rest of your face, which means that it often shows signs of aging first. This is why it's important to start wearing eye cream early and get ahead of the game to prevent premature aging. Wearing an eye cream can reduce the appearance of puffiness, dark circles, and fine lines. Applying morning and night is optimal.

Myth #5 – The higher the SPF, the better. Using SPF of at least 30 is important for your skin's health to help block UVB radiation, but there is no evidence that any SPF higher than 30 is more effective. If you plan to be outside for more than a few hours, it may be in your best interest to use a higher SPF just to be extra cautious, but otherwise, SPF 30 is more than plenty for that time in the sun.

Myth #6 – Natural or chemical-free products must be better for your skin. There is some truth to this, but it really depends on your skin type. It's important to get a proper skin consultation to ensure that you are using the best products that work best for your skin type.

Myth #7 – You get acne because you don't wash your face. While you should be washing your face daily, this does not necessarily guarantee an acne-free face. Acne develops due to four factors: clogged pores due to shedding skin cells, sebum, bacteria, and inflammation. So yes, some of these factors are affected by washing your face, but others are not, so it's important to be mindful of having a consistent and complete daily facial care routine in place.

We know that there is a lot of misinformation shared about skincare products and trends, and we're always happy to answer your questions. Our staff at Awaken Massages and Skin Care is more than happy to help you find what will work best for your skin and let you know what skincare routines and products have been

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