Busting The Top 7 Myths About Skin Health
There are plenty of myths about skin floating around out there.
They range from the vaguely believable to downright odd!
But, somehow these myths seem to have wormed their way into common thought.
We are here to bust the BS and weed through the bad skin advice so that you can stick to the good stuff for your precious epidermis.
Let’s get started!
Busting The Top 7 Myths About Skin Health
Myth 1: Drinking Water Hydrates Your Skin
This myth about skin is probably one of the most popular misconceptions out there. Probably because it is half true and half false. Let us explain…
So, we know that drinking 2L of water each day helps to keep your whole body hydrated and healthy. Not drinking enough water leaves you dehydrated. And obviously, if your whole body is dehydrated, then your skin is going to be too.
However, there is no proof that the water you drink automatically gets absorbed by your skin. You will still need to use a good quality moisturiser for that job!
Myth 2: Tanning Is Good For You
Just like the drinking water myth, this one has a grain of truth in it too. You do require a certain amount of Vitamin D to remain healthy and one of the best ways to activate Vitamin D in your body is through the sun’s rays. Vitamin D is what helps to keep your bones and immune functions strong.
HOWEVER, this is not an invitation to sit out in the sun for hours on end with no sunblock on! The more exposure to the sun you have, the higher the risk of skin cancer. Plus, the sun’s damaging rays are one of the major contributors to premature aging. So, make sure you protect your skin when you are going to be out in the sun.
Myth 3: Sunscreen Is Only A Summer Product
Yes, it is super important to wear sunscreen in summertime. But, the ultraviolet (UV) rays that cause sun damage are actually present all year round. While they are not as strong in winter, they are definitely still there. The risk of sunburn is lower in winter, but UV rays can still cause fine lines, wrinkles and skin hyperpigmentation at any time.
That’s why it is a good idea to apply sunscreen throughout the year if you are going to be spending a lot of time outside.
Myth 4: Showers Will Hydrate Your Skin
Unfortunately, the truth is the opposite of this, showering does not hydrate your skin at all! In fact, showering in hot water actually strips the natural oils from your skin. After a long, hot shower, your skin can feel dry, itchy and dehydrated. This is particularly true in the facial area as the skin is more sensitive there.
To negate this, try to shower in warm water, rather than scalding hot and minimise the time you are under the water stream. Always apply moisturiser after you have stepped out of the shower too.
Myth 5: Acne Is Just A Teenage Thing
Puberty can be an acne trigger, that much is true. When all those hormones are raging around, your body’s oil glands can get overstimulated. This can result in excess oil production, pore clogging, the buildup of dead skin cells and a collection of bacteria on the skin. The end result = blackheads, pimples and irritated skin.
But, the teenage years are not the only time acne can occur. It can actually strike at any age with similar oil production triggers. Following a good skincare routine can help counteract oily skin, but you may find you need to speak with a dermatologist if your condition worsens.
Myth 6: Face Exercises Reduce Wrinkles
A few years ago, the craze of Face Yoga hit the mainstream. The thought behind it was that certain facial exercises could reverse the signs of aging by strengthening the muscles in your face. While a nice idea, there is no proof behind that at all!
Many wrinkles are caused by repeated use of the muscles in your face - such as smile lines, crows feet and forehead grooves. So in reality, repeated face exercises could end up causing even more wrinkles! Instead, stick with skincare, avoid excess exposure to the sun, and skip smoking to keep the wrinkles at bay!
Myth 7: Don’t Moisturise If You Have Oily Skin
Regardless of your skin type, everyone can benefit from the right moisturiser. If you don’t use a good quality moisturiser, then you will find your skin can dry out. This triggers a natural response to create more oil, generating an inescapable cycle.
Instead of skipping the moisturiser, choose one that is suitable for oily skin. That way, your face will get the right kind of nourishment to leave it healthy and glowing.
The Skin Solution
When it comes to healthy skin, there are no quick fixes. And unfortunately, that is where many myths about skin have originated from in the past. To have lovely, glowing skin you need to eat right, protect your skin from the sun and have a good skincare routine.
You will have to take care of the first two things, but we can definitely help with the last!
Here at summer + bloom, we create quality, affordable skincare that does what it says on the label. So, if you need to kickstart your skincare routine or rejuvenate your skin, browse our range now.