There is so much information about skincare, just google skincare routine or skincare products or take a look on Pinterest and there is a whole host of information. They say that information is power, but how do you decide what is true and what is just a skincare myth? Let’s try and unpick some of those myths and work out which ones we can definitely ignore.
1. Cleansing your face more frequently will prevent breakouts
The problem with spots and breakouts is that they often make your skin feel dirty and grimy. It can be tempting to think that washing or cleansing your face more often will help to reduce or even prevent breakouts. In fact, over washing or cleansing can have the reverse effect on your skin! Although it may make your skin feel cleaner, it also makes it drier which means that your skin will produce more oil. And of course, we all know what excess oil leads to? More breakouts and spots! Cleansing your face in the morning and the evening is the optimum skincare routine to keep your skin feeling fresh, and in the long-term should help to keep those breakouts at bay.
2. Acne is caused by diet
It can be very easy to blame diet for many things and we often read articles which attribute a poor diet to a range of issues. There is a common myth that acne is caused by poor food choices. Experts have determined that acne has little to do with diet and more to do with hormones and often genetics. That said, for your overall health it makes sense to eat a healthy, well balanced diet. Although diet doesn’t cause skin problems, a lack of certain vitamins and nutrients will have a detrimental effect on the condition of your skin.
3. Using a High SPF means you can stay in the sun longer
Sun protection can be complicated, we have never had so many products available to us, all of them promising different things and full of various ingredients. That’s not to mention SPF confusion! SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and ranges from 1 to 90, with 1 being the lowest and 90 being the highest. The SPF determines how long you can stay in the sun, so if you started to burn after 5 minutes in the sun, an SPF of 10 would allow you to remain in the sun for 50 minutes without burning (5 mins x SPF10). Where some people become confused is that they will choose a high SPF so they don’t have to reapply sunscreen often and mistakenly think that they can stay in the sun longer. Unfortunately, this means that your skin will be more prone to sunburn or even skin cancer. The appropriate way to use sunscreen is to use a high SPF, re-applying on a regular basis and staying in the shade during the hottest period of the day.
4. Use more of your skincare product, get better results
How much of your skincare product should you be using? You might be tempted to use a generous amount, thinking that rubbing in as much product as possible will make your skin look fabulous. There are two good reasons why less is more; firstly and most importantly, using too much product could cause irritation and will block your pores leading to rashes or breakouts. Secondly you will be wasting money as your product gets used up faster. As a rough guide you should use a small coin sized blob of cleanser or moisturiser and 1-2 pumps of serum. If you don’t have enough for coverage it is better to go back and use a little more rather than use too much product in the first place.
We hope that we have managed to clear up a few skincare myths. Why not head over to Artesana’s website for a comprehensive range of organic natural skincare created using the best ingredients?