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The Myths about Skin Care

Here are a few myths about skin care:

Myth 1: Scrubbing your face with soap keeps the skin healthy and acne free

This is a popular myth which is not actually true. By scrubbing your face you are actually removing the natural oils and protective barriers in your skin. Scrubbing too hard and frequently may also cause rashes or even burns. Using a gentle cleanser followed by a moisturizer or a sunscreen would be better alternative.

Myth 2: It is not necessary to apply sunscreen on a cloudy day

Whether clouds or no clouds, the UV radiation from the sun always reaches the earth’s surface. It is always advisable to apply sunscreen before going out or after swimming and make sure you reapply it every two hours. The tanning caused by the sun is harmful and can cause skin pigmentation and premature aging. Although there are a variety of skin pigmentation treatments available it is advisable to prevent unwanted pigmentation problems.

Myth 3: If the SPF on a sunscreen is higher, it provides better protection

While looking for a sunscreen you need to look for an SPF of at least 15. The sunscreen should also contain one of the following ingredients – mexoryl, oxybenzone or avobenzone or titanium dioxide. These sunscreens offer protection against UVA and UVB rays.UVA rays penetrating the skin are the main reason why your skin produces a tan. UVB rays are the rays that cause sunburns. Hence it is necessary to choose a sunscreen which offers protection from both UVA and UVB rays.

Myth 4: The anti-aging products remove wrinkles

There are many anti-aging skin care products in the market but do they really erase your wrinkles? Most of the anti-wrinkle creams give a temporary effect as they just hydrate the skin and plump it out. However there are some products that have topical retinoids, have a good effect in erasing very fine wrinkles and lines as when applied they penetrate the skin and increase the cell turnover.

Myth 5: Lasers and laser treatments can make you look years younger

Different lasers are used for different treatments including skin pigmentation and anti-aging. However if there is intensive damage to the skin even lasers cannot be helpful. Although it needs to be acknowledged that laser treatments have been made more advanced and have fewer side effects.