There are still many skincare myths that exist today. As more products come out on the market and as skincare experts’ understanding of skincare broadens through scientific research, the more myths end up getting proven false. Here are five more myths that can be debunked:
- Essential Oils – There is a myth going around saying that essential oils help treat skin problems. The reality is that the fragrance components of essential oils can actually irritate your skin. Many of these fragrance compounds can trigger inflammatory reactions on the skin, causing rashes, redness and acne breakouts.
- Retinol – If your retinol routine causes you to have dry, red or flaky skin, you should not completely stop using it. Instead, try decreasing the frequency of use to allow your skin to adapt to the substance. When your skin adjusts to it, gradually increase the dosage as long as your skin tolerates it.
- Sunscreens – Yes, even on cloudy or rainy days you still need to apply sunscreen. Just because the sun isn’t completely out doesn’t mean that its harmful UV rays cannot affect and damage your skin. Make sure you apply sunscreen every day and to re-apply every couple of hours as your skin does end up absorbing it.
- Daily Scrubs – You want to avoid scrubbing your skin daily because it can actually strip the natural barrier that acts as protection. Scrubbing can also be harsh on your skin and can cause a lot of damage, so you want to limit scrubbing and exfoliation to about twice a week.
- Oily Skin – People with oily skin still need to moisturize because this type of skin can still be dehydrated. When your skin is dehydrated, it produces a lot more oil than usual, and excess oil can lead to clogged pores and acne. When you use a moisturizer on oily skin, your skin will not produce as much oil, leading to a more balanced complexion.