Skincare Myths Debunked

It is easy to want to try every skincare tip you hear about without doing any research.  Companies are always announcing the latest and greatest methods for keeping great skin with use of their products.  We are here to tell you that there is a lot of false advertising out there!  Alex Hendrickson of Style Blueprint compiled some of the biggest skincare myths juxtaposed with their truths in the article below.  Read the first few and then follow the link to read the rest on their website!

Don’t Fall Victim to These Skincare Myths!

Alex Hendrickson | Style Blueprint

Rumors are flying and misconceptions are being shared about skincare. With all the products available and advice being doled out, it?s easy to get overwhelmed and, frankly, confused about what?s best for our skin. In an effort to mitigate the chaos, we tapped into six of Nashville?s most knowledgeable skincare experts to set the record straight. They shared the most common myths they hear and debunked them with actual truths. Read on to see which mistakes you have been making and what you should be doing instead.

MYTH: The most important thing is to cleanse and moisturize.

TRUTH: Grayson Woods, M.D., of Woods Aesthetics, notes that many of her clients think if they are using a good cleanser and moisturizer then their skincare is covered. In fact, it?s the exact opposite. ?If you?re on a budget and need to skimp on anything in your regimen, let that be your cleanser and moisturizer. Your money is best spent on the products containing medical-grade active ingredients,? she says. ?Vitamins and antioxidants, retinol, pigment-treating products and growth factors are just a few of the products to invest in that produce amazing results. We recommend CE Ferulic by SkinCeuticals, SkinMedica Retinol Complex and SkinMedica Lytera, and a great all-in-one with growth factor is SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum. If you invest in your active ingredients and need to save a little, head to your local drugstore and purchase a simple cleanser and moisturizer with limited ingredients such as CeraVe or Cetaphil.?

MYTH: The higher the SPF in sunscreen, the better.

TRUTH: This is actually true to an extent, says Jennifer Lee, M.D., of REN Dermatology. ?Studies have shown that SPF 15 blocks approximately 93% of UVB rays, SPF 30 blocks 97%, and SPF 50 blocks 98%. There is no sunscreen that can block 100% of UV rays,? she explains. ?Over SPF 50, the added benefit of a higher SPF is minimal. I recommend using SPF 30 on a daily basis (to help protect from sun damage throughout the day) and SPF 50 for outdoor activities. Again, re-applying sunscreen every two hours while you?re outdoors is very important. Also make sure you are using enough sunscreen to adequately cover your body and get the full SPF effect. If you are applying sunscreen to your entire body, an easy tip is to use 1 ounce, which is equivalent to one shot glass.

?It is also well established that people of all skin colors get skin cancer,? Dr. Lee continues. ?For instance, the skin cancer rates in Hispanics in the United States grew by 43% from 2000 to 2010. More often, their skin cancers, including melanoma, were diagnosed at a later stage and were more advanced. Despite your perceived ability to tan well, it is still important to use sunscreen for skin cancer prevention!?

MYTH: More is better.

TRUTH: ?Why waste time and money on a million steps when you can get fabulous, better results using just a few high-quality professional products recommended by a skincare professional?? asks Tami Sprintz Hall of Escape Day Spa + Salon. ?When you use too many products, you also run the risk of over-sensitizing your skin. Keep it simple and quick ? think quality over quantity.?

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