download    When it comes to skin care, the hype put forth by the media and popular culture can be quite different from the reality of what actually needs to be done to properly take care of your body’s largest and fastest growing organ. Some people get their beauty myths handed down to them in the form of old wives’ tales. Others take them from the vastness of the world wide web. Today, we’re separating fact from fiction by debunking five of the most common beauty beliefs we’ve heard .

sensitive_0Myth #1: Cleansing, toning and moisturizing your skin on a regular basis is a must.

Fact: These three steps might have worked for some women in the past, but times are changing. Our current environment is more polluted than ever before, and climate conditions have changed.

If you live in an area with dry weather conditions, keeping your skin moisturized is vital. But if you live in a humid region, using a moisturizer regularly can make your skin prone to breakouts. Also consistently washing your face with cleanser can strip your skin of the naturally-produced, helpful oils it needs to stay healthy.

Myth #2: Popping pimples will get rid of acne.shutterstock_177332195

Fact: This is one of the WORST things you can do your skin. You might get temporary relief by picking at pimples yourself,  but acne doesn’t just live on the top layer of your skin where you can see it — most pimples have deep roots in the dermis. When you pop a pimple, the inflammation left behind travels deeper into your skin, leading to the original infection spreading, possibly causing another pimple.

Myth #3: You don’t have to wear sunscreen on cloudy days.Girl-with-Sunscreen-on-Nose

Fact: Sunscreen is something you must apply both indoors and outdoors every single day, whether the sky is clear or cloudy. Harmful UVA & UVB rays from the sun can penetrate the clouds and harm your skin if you are not wearing a layer of protection.

Myth #4: Regular facials are a must to maintain glowing, youthful skin. 

Fact: Not every skin type is suitable for monthly facials . However, many women tend to breakout after a facial due to the fact that skin and its needs differs drastically from person to person.

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Myth #5: Expensive products are always effective.

Fact: There’s a misconception about skincare products that if something is expensive, it’s also effective. When you shop for sunscreen, moisturizer or any other skincare product, don’t blindly pick the most expensive one. Check the list of ingredients to see what your skin will react well to. You might even get the best one for you at a reasonable price.

You’re never too old to become younger. Invest in your skin as It is going to represent you for a very long time. Be good to your skin. You’ll wear it every day for the rest of your life.

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