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Skin care fact vs. fiction: Cut the confusion

We have all heard that old wives tales related to skincare that have been passed down several generations.  Some of them may possibly be true.  Others are total BS. What exactly is fact?  And what is fiction?

Did your mother ever tell you to wash your skin until it was “squeaky” clean? Have you ever felt the squeak and thought you were getting the best clean possible? Well, that squeak can mean your skin is too tight and dry to the point where you’ve caused some damage. Avoid cleansers that are designed to rid your skin of excess oil, unless you actually have oily skin.  They could contain a harsh surfactant that leaves your skin too dry. Look for gentle cleansers that contain coco betaine, cocamidopropyl betaine, coco glucoside, decyl glucoside, and sucrose laurate.

You may have heard that there is a  correlation between chocolate and acne. But does junk food really cause zits? While dermatologists say they have found no direct correlation between the two.   Studies have shown an association between eating high-glycemic foods (junk foods) and breakouts in the acne-prone population. These foods can lead to inflammation that aggravates acne sufferers. They key to still being able to eat your favorite sweets and keep acne away is to balance it with anti-inflammatory foods such as green tea, broccoli and fish.

You may have read on a bottle of your favorite cleanser something that says “for best results, use these skin care products from the same line”. Do you really need to buy cleanser, moisturizer and toner from the same company and product line? No! Usually this is just a clever marketing tool used to try to get you to buy all their products. Can you blame them?

Lastly, have you ever purchased a product with a very high SPF, let’s say SPF 75, thinking you could be out in the sun twice or 3x as long? Welp. you could have been putting your skin at risk. Anything higher than SPF 40 really doesn’t offer many more benefits; it is simply another marketing tool. SPF also isn’t a clue of how long it will last. When buying sunscreen, look for “broad-spectrum” sunscreen that covers both UVA and UVB rays with an SPF of 40. SPF 40 filters out 97 percent of UVB light, which is the highest you should buy. The only way to keep your sunscreen working longer and more effectively is to re-apply every two hours that you remain in the sun. To cover your whole body effectively, use the amount that would fit in a shot glass and a teaspoon size amount for your face.

Have you ever fallen for a skin care myth? Tell us if any of these surprised you!

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing lrstewar@gmail.com.