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5 Skin Care Myths You Shouldn't Believe

Updated on July 20, 2015


Did you know that there are so many skin care myths that you have been believing for years? There are so many people that thought the same thing so that just reinforced the wrong idea. It sucks doesn't it! Here I am though to tell right from wrong, or better yet, to right the wrong. You could call me you superwoman! I was astonished myself when I cracked open a good old thick book and did some good old reading. It is just so surprising what someone can learn from a book. So here is what I discovered....

Myth: You don't need sunscreen on a cloudy day

It is easy to assume that you don't need sunscreen on a cloudy day, right? The sun lets off two different types of rays, UVA and UVB. UVA means “ultraviolet A ray” and has a long wave length. This ultraviolet wave is most damaging to underlying skin cells to age prematurely. It is the main cause for wrinkles and aging, it causes 90% of all wrinkles. Even if it is a cloudy day, UVA rays penetrate through the clouds and through just about anything! The UVB means “ultraviolet Bray” and has a short length. You can thank UVB rays for burns and praise it for tans! This ray is not as potent as UVA rays and is definitely not as bad. It is the central cause for burning and tanning. Prolonged exposure to both these rays causes Skin Cancer.

How Do You Protect Yourself From These Harmful Rays?

The answer is easy, just wear sunscreen and have a daily use of SPF!SPF means "Sun Protection Factor" and has UVB protection. SPF is a gauge that indicates how long someone can remain in the sun without getting burned. But how do you read SPF numbers? Here is a simple guide:

SPF 5- 50 minutes of protection, so you have to reapply every 50 min, but nobody has time for that.

SPF 15- 150 min- or 2 1/2 hours of protection (The recommended daily use)

SPF 30- 300 min- or 5 hours

SPF 90- 900 min- or 15 hours, that is hardcore!

But what about UVA rays? That is what "PA" is for, UVA protection. PA+ is the least amount of protection. PA++ is a medium amount and PA+++ is the most amount. The sunscreen should have both UVA and UVB protection. Anyone over the age of 6 months should wear sunscreen every single day. It is a fact that you are eventually going to be exposed to the sun through brief periods of time, unless you live in a cave. Even if you work in an office or near any windows you will need sunscreen because some windows do not filter out the harmful UVA rays.

So which Sunscreen Should You Use?

A general rule is the fairer the skin tone, or if you burn easily, the higher SPF you should have. There is also 2 other kinds of sunscreens you could use, chemical and physical. Chemical sunscreen acts like a sponge and absorbs the suns rays. However this sunscreen does not last long. Common chemical sunscreen ingredients include octylcrylene, avobenzone, octinoxate, octisalate, oxybenzone, momosalate, melioplex, 4-mbc, Mexoryl 5x and xl, Tinosorb 5 and M, uvinul T 150, Uvinul Plus. Physical sunscreen is more of a shield that reflects the sun rays. Common physical sunscreen ingrediants are Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide. However physical sunscreen leaves a white cast on the skin or white streaks. Have you ever seen that white stuff on a lifeguard's nose? That is what that is! They also don't offer as much UVA protection. Physical sunscreens are recommended for those with sensitive skin. Chemical sunscreens wont leave that white cast and will not feel as heavy on the face. Chemical sunscreen also has the most natural finish and looks best in photos. The sooner you start wearing sunscreen the sooner your skin will thank you!

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Myth: Scrubbing your face with soap will keep it Acne free

You may think that this is good for you but it is actually terrible. Washing your face with soap will actually drain your face from its natural oils. It will even drain the moisture from your face. For those with oily skin, you may feel good for hours, but the outcome from continuously doing this is absolutely terrifying. Your skin will turn from oily to dry. The acidity that your skin needs to kill bacteria will be removed. With less oil, your skin becomes thinner, dry, and dehydrated, creating fine lines. These fine lines will eventually turn into wrinkles and the dry skin will turn into mature skin. Once you have mature skin, there is no turning back. Therefore washing your face with the wrong kind of product can leave it looking haggard, dull, and wrinkled. Face washes have different kinds and ingredients for different kinds of skin. But with soap, there is only one kind and the harsh chemicals present are not there to protect your skin. While soap can be used on the rest of your body, your face is delicate and can easily start looking damaged. So, keep the soap away and invest in a good quality face wash instead.

Myth: You will eventually outgrow acne

If that were a fact then many people’s skin-care struggles would be very different. But the fact of the manner is that many people still have acne in their 20s, 30s, 40,s and even 50s. They can still have acne just like teenagers. Not everyone grow out of it, some people have acne there entire life! Others won’t have acne in there teenager years and when they are older begin to have breakouts. What is true is that men can outgrow acne, Damn them! There hormone levels even out after puberty. Women's hormone never stay the same and never level out, that is why women always have breakouts.

Makeup causes acne

This is not necessarily true, there is no research indicating whether or not makeup affects your acne. There is also no consensus as to what ingredients are problematic. In the late 1970s research was done on rabbit skin using 100% concentrated ingredients to determine whether or not it caused acne. Although this study showed nothing, it had nothing to do with the way women wear makeup. It was never repeated fore it was never considered useful in anyway. However, women still experience breakouts, sometimes after using a specific cosmetic brand or item. The irritation of the skin can be caused because your skin is too sensitive, it is an inflammatory response, or there is just a problematic ingredient unique to that persons own skin type. You should just experiment around with different products and notice what may be making you break out. The fact of the matter is that terms such as "non-comedogenic" and "non-acnegenic" are meaningless. The cosmetics industry uses these terms to indicate that a product is less likely to cause breakouts, but there is no standard or regulation set to categorize this labeling. So basically find your skin type and find the right products!

Myth: Shaving makes hair grow back thicker

This myth, which I myself had once believed, is actually completely untrue! Busted! Children's health researcher Rachel C. Vreeman and assistant professor of pediatrics Aaron E. Carrol put this myth to rest. "Strong scientific evidence disproves these claims. As early as 1928, a clinical trial showed that shaving had no effect on hair growth. More recent studies confirm that shaving does not affect the thickness or rate of hair regrowth. In addition, shaving removes the dead portion of hair, not the living section lying below the skin's surface, so it is unlikely to affect the rate or type of growth. Shaved hair lacks the finer taper seen at the ends of unshaven hair, giving an impression of coarseness. Similarly, the new hair has not yet been lightened by the sun or other chemical exposures, resulting in an appearance that seems darker than existing hair." Basically this all means that shaved hair appears to be thicker and darker because it isn't fully grown and still a stubble. It also has not been introduced to chemicals that lighten it.

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      hubsy 2 years ago

      I'm so sorry about the cancer Elsie, but really admire your strength. I know that doesn't make it better, but you are truly a great role model. Thank you for reading!

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      I have never used any sunscreen as fifty years ago there was no such thing.

      Last year I had skin cancer on my face had to have treatment for it.

      This year I had ACC cancer, a very rare cancer and now have had half my lip removed.

      I don't know what to think when it comes to skin care treatment.

      Interesting reading gives you food for thought.