Let’s Debunk Common Skin Care Myths

Debunking common skin care myths at Chicago's Nima Skin Institute

There are many myths about skin care. The more often they get repeated, the more people believe them. It’s time to put them to rest and let you know the facts about taking better care of your skin. Here are several of the most common myths we hear and the facts:

Myth: Oily doesn’t need moisturizers 

Fact: Don’t skip using your moisturizer no matter if you have dry, normal or oily skin. In reality, pollution, UV rays, and excessive cleansing can damage anyone’s skin moisture barrier. This will cause you to lose moisture and increase oil production. Instead, choose a lightweight, oil-free/water-based moisturizer. This way, it helps keep your skin hydrated, leaving your skin less oily because it will help the oil production balance out.

Myth: Winter? Go ahead and skip the sunscreen 

Fact: No. No. No. I can’t say this enough. It doesn’t matter if it’s sunny, cloudy, snowy, raining, or any other weather: no matter what, always wear broad spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF of 30 that protects against UVA and UVB rays every day on all exposed skin. 

While talking about sunscreen, don’t forget your lips. Make sure you use a lip balm or lipstick that has SPF.

Myth: Natural/organic skin care products are better for your skin.

Fact: Natural-based skin care products are often unregulated and may contain botanicals and essential oils that can lead to significant irritant and allergic contact dermatitis for some people. Just because it comes from nature doesn’t mean it’s safe or non-toxic. Think about how poison ivy is organic! Always test a product before using it. And, if you have sensitive skin, make sure it’s fragrance-free and doesn’t contain any products to which you may be allergic.

Myth: You don’t need a retinol until age 50

Fact: It’s great to start using retinol in your mid-late 20s in order to prevent damage from starting. Using a retinol can increase collagen production and skin cell turnover, help treat acne, unclog pores, minimize fine lines and wrinkles, and even skin tone. Remember that it’s best to introduce it slowly to avoid irritation.

Myth: Skin aging is only based on genetics

Fact: Although genetics plays a role in skin aging, it’s definitely not the only factor. There are things you can do to help reduce the signs of aging. Pay attention to external factors that could be contributing. The following are some examples and the changes you could consider:

  • Minimize sun exposure. Always wear sunscreen and protective clothing. UV rays are not your friend. 
  • Smoking is bad for your health and for your skin. If you smoke, stop. If you haven’t started, don’t.
  • Manage your stress to help keep those unwanted wrinkles away.
  • Get routine treatments including microdermabrasion, microneedling, and chemical peels.

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