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Dispelling Common Skincare Myths: Part 2
January 05, 2023
By: Anjuli Mehrotra
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Welcome to the world of skincare myths, part deux! Are you someone who has been unsure which skincare myths you can believe? Then you have come to the right place! In this article, we will break down some of the most common skincare myths and explain the facts behind them. If you missed part 1 of this series, you can read it here. When you're done reading, you will be equipped with the knowledge to help you differentiate between skincare fact and fiction and make informed decisions about your own skincare routine. So let's get started!
Myth #1: Drinking more water will cure dry skin.
Fact: As a doctor, I’m not going to tell you that you that drinking water doesn’t help your body. Proper hydration is essential to making your body work; it’s just not that helpful at making your dry skin go away. While drinking more water can help hydrate skin and keep it looking healthy, it is not a definitive cure for dry skin. Your skin needs moisture from the inside and the outside!
With dry skin, it can be helpful to look for moisturizers that have ingredients targeted towards bringing more moisture into your skin and retaining it there (scientifically known as reducing transepidermal water loss). Ingredients that accomplish this include glycerin, sodium hyaluronate or hyaluronic acid, oils without fragrance like squalane, and ceramides, to name a few. These ingredients not only replenish moisture, but also deeply hydrate and help to maintain the skin’s natural balance.
Myth #2: Your skin becomes immune to products after regular use, rendering them ineffective.
Fact: There is no scientific evidence to suggest that skin can become immune to the effects of products, even with regular use. Products can provide different levels of efficacy depending on their ingredients, so you may find that one product works great when you use it and then loses its effectiveness over time, while another continues to build on itself, providing an even greater benefit over a longer time period.
It’s also important to note that some ingredients take time to work, so it’s not always helpful to give up on products just because they didn’t work within a few days. It can take time to stimulate collagen production, lighten hyperpigmentation, and rehydrate skin. Even Rome wasn’t built in a day!
Myth #3: A cool or tingling sensation means a product is working.
Fact: It is a common misconception that a tingling or cool sensation means a product is working, but this is not necessarily true. The first thing I think of when it comes to cooling or tingling is an irritation reaction! I recommend proceeding with caution if you are experiencing these types of sensations as it could be the first sign of reaction and could potentially damage the skin or become more severe over time.
Myth #4: The more active ingredients you have, the better the product is.
Fact: Not necessarily. While it’s true that having active ingredients may be beneficial to a product, having too many can be counter-productive. A higher percentage doesn’t always translate to better results. It also depends on the formulation itself and which ingredients are put together. Too many active ingredients can sometimes cause adverse reactions, especially for those of you with sensitive or allergic skin. The key is to find the right balance of ingredients that will produce the best results without irritation or sensitivity.
Science helps us debunk common skincare myths
Most skincare myths were created at a time when we didn’t have scientific explanations for these common misbeliefs. We’ve come a long way and now have the knowledge to help us make better decisions in choosing our personal care products.
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