Everyone wants clear, glowing skin. But not all skincare tips and tricks are created equal, and some can actually be harmful. That’s why we turned to a group of top dermatologists to debunk some common skincare myths. From the myth that drinking more water helps dry skin to the belief that a cool or tingling sensation means that a product is working, these experts have your back when it comes to keeping your complexion healthy. Myth: Rubbing alcohol can be a good pimple treatment.
Rubbing alcohol can be too harsh for your face, and it may actually irritate the skin, making the problem worse. It can also cause the skin to overcompensate by producing excess oil, creating a vicious cycle. Instead, try a cleanser that is non-comedogenic. It will help keep your pores in check and prevent the buildup of excess oil. There are many things that contribute to dark circles under the eyes: fatigue, stress, lack of sleep and more. However, applying cold compresses to the area can be a great way to ease puffiness and decrease inflammation. Myth: People with oily skin don’t need to moisturize. While it’s true that some people with oily skin can get away with a minimal amount of moisturizer, those with more sensitive skin or those with larger pores should always use one.
Moisturizing can help reduce redness and swelling caused by blemishes. It can also help prevent flakes and a dull appearance. It’s a good idea to wear sunscreen every day, and a product labeled “dermatologist tested” is a great way to identify products that have been evaluated for safety by a board-certified dermatologist. However, this seal does not guarantee that the product has been approved by the FDA or American Academy of Dermatology and should be taken with a grain of salt. Myth: You don’t need to wear sunscreen on cloudy days. UV rays are still present, so it’s important to wear sunscreen daily, even on cloudy days.
When choosing a sunscreen, it’s best to find one that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Additionally, you should be sure to reapply throughout the day as sweat and oil will cause it to fade. While it’s true that certain ingredients and facial exercises can help prevent sagging, no topical skincare product can truly mimic the results of injectables like Botox. However, using a retinol can help slow down the natural ageing process, and it can be used in conjunction with injectables for an added boost.