Skin Care Myths and Misconceptions
There’s a lot of information out there about skin care, and when you see people walking around with flawless skin in their 30s, 40s, and 50s, it’s understandable that you would think a lot of it must be true. So you try professional skin care products, cutting out certain foods, using funny smelling face masks, and nothing works! You still see acne popping up, the wrinkles are just getting deeper, and your skin still looks as dull as cardboard. So what can you believe? And what products, methods, or ideas about skin care should you file away and never think about again? The experts at iDerma are here to tell you.
Choose Professional Skin Care Products Based on Your Age
There are plenty of commercials and online ads that target certain demographics to sell certain products. You probably won’t see a commercial for acne creams that features a 40-year-old woman showing you how a pimple disappeared overnight. And you probably won’t see an ad for an anti-wrinkle serum with a 20-year-old woman smiling into the camera. But just because you don’t see these things, doesn’t mean the products don’t apply to you, whatever age you are at. If you still struggle with acne in your late 30s, then by all means, use an acne preventing product! As for fighting the signs of aging, wrinkles can develop on someone who is in their 20s, so using products to help prevent the signs should start as soon as possible.
If You Have Sensitive Skin, You Should Use Hypoallergenic Products
The labels on many professional skin care products can be deceiving. When you’re shopping around for a product that will give you the skin you want, but won’t irritate your sensitive skin, don’t be fooled by a hypoallergenic label. This simply means that the product is less likely to cause an allergic reaction. However, there aren’t any regulations that determine if a product can be labeled hypoallergenic or not. If you have sensitive skin, it’s best to look at the ingredient list for the product. Avoid fragrances, alcohol, ammonium lauryl sulfate, and sodium lauryl sulfate. Look for plant extracts like white or green tea, sunflower oil, or bisabolol.
Age Spots Are a Natural Part of Getting Older
Yes, dark spots on our skin do appear as we get older, so the term “age spots” makes sense. However, they aren’t caused by our bodies getting older necessarily. Age, or dark spots, develop after years of your skin being exposed to the sun. The good news is that there are professional skin care products out there that improve the evenness of your skin. Those that contain Vitamin C or our own iderma light therapy mask. But if you want to prevent age spots altogether, you must wear an SPF lotion of at least 30 every day.
You’ll Outgrow Acne
If you’re in your early to mid-twenties and are still seeing blemishes appear, you’re probably thinking that acne shouldn’t be a problem anymore! But unfortunately, it’s something that you might have to put up with for a long time. One benefit of getting older, however, is the wisdom we gain in caring for our skin, which is what really matters when preventing acne. Some of us are simply more prone to acne and certain triggers affect some of us more than others. Another misconception is that if you had clear skin growing up, that doesn’t exclude you from acne in the future.
Drinking Water Will Hydrate Your Skin
We posted a previous blog all about why using a moisturizer is so important for your skin, so you’ll already know that it’s actually more important to hydrate the outer layer of the skin rather than hydrating your skin with water. Water does help with digestion, circulation, absorption, and many other things, but there are little nutrients left for the skin after other organs have their take of the nutrients. So in order to keep your skin soft and smooth, it’s actually more important to use a high-quality moisturizer.
You Can Shrink Your Pores
Along with your nose and maybe having bad teeth, there’s one more thing you can blame your parents for - the size of your pores. Unfortunately, whether you have large or small pores, genetics is what made them that size and there’s nothing you can do to change the actual size of the pores, even when there are countless professional skin care products on the market that promise to do just that. What you can do is use products that contain Retin-A and alpha-hydroxy acids. These ingredients will loosen up the keratin and bacteria trapped in your pores and help reduce the appearance of large pores.
Natural Ingredients Are Better for My Skin
This can be true for some people, but it doesn’t make it true across the board. Skin care products that are labeled “natural” just means that they contain ingredients that come from flowers, roots, seeds, or leaves. But there’s no research that actually says natural ingredients are better than synthetic ingredients. And keep in mind, poison ivy is 100 percent natural, but we definitely don’t recommend using it if you’re allergic to it.
Washing Your Face More Helps With Oily Skin
On the surface, this one may make sense. Washing away the oil in the morning and at night will leave my skin looking shine-free. Actually, the opposite is true. When you wash your face more than twice a day, it will dry out the skin, only causing it to produce more oil to make up for what was lost. What you should do instead is use a gentle exfoliating wash. Professional skin care products will remove makeup and help your cleanser work better. And avoid using harsh or coarse products that can lead to a breakout.
If You’re Inside All Day, You Don’t Need Sunscreen
There are several myths surrounding sunscreen, including that you don’t need to use it on cloudy days, which is also false. Even when you are inside all day, if there are windows, then you are still being exposed to UVA rays. This type of UV ray can cause your skin to prematurely age. UVA rays are the same strength year round and can penetrate clouds, windows in your home, office, or car. So if you want to stay away from all of the harmful rays, wear sunscreen even on cloudy days and when you are inside all day.
With so much information out there, some of it true, some of it very much not true, it can make skin care complicated, frustrating, and even confusing! But one thing that you can rely on is the science of iderma professional skin care product. We used research that was developed by NASA about red and infrared light. These light waves can penetrate deep into the skin to stimulate cell and collagen growth that will reduce wrinkles, fine lines, reduce the appearance of age spots, and can reduce the appearance of pores. Just three, eight-minute sessions per week can give you the skin you’ve always wanted, without purchasing product after product that just aren’t working. Learn more about our professional skin care product here and try it for yourself!