Every day we are bombarded with information about skin care in magazines, department stores, doctor’s offices, and websites. Sometimes you will be getting reliable, trustworthy information but there are a lot of myths out there too. Consider these answers from our experts.
- Tanning booths are safer than tanning outdoors.
Not true-exposure to UVA and UVB light damages the skin, leads to premature aging and can cause skin cancer.
- Higher SPF offers better protection.
Not true- you need to consistently reapply any SPF every 2 hours especially if you are swimming or sweating. Higher SPF only offers marginally more protection and doesn’t matter at all if you don’t use enough sunscreen or reapply often enough. Our SPF 15 Gift Pack contains our Skin Beautifying Milk with SPF 15 and our My Natural Beauty Skin Tone Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 15 to even skin complexion and moisturize while preventing future sun damage.
- Scrub your skin with soap to stay clean and pimple free.
Not true- the chemical pH of soap is harsher than most facial cleansers. Soap and scrubbing can strip the skin of essential moisture and lead to more acne and irritation. Try our refreshing and non-foaming Blemish Control Wash Formula which is designed to control acne and dry up oils on the skin to prevent new blemishes from forming.
- You should pop a pimple to get the infection out.
Not true- using your fingers to pop pimples can spread bacteria from the hands and fingernails to the pimple. If you need to fiddle with a pimple, use an extractor (available from beauty supply stores) to apply equal amounts of pressure to the pimple. Cleanse your face, clean the tool with rubbing alcohol and then lightly rock the extractor back and forth. Follow up with a spot treatment containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Salicylic acid can be found in our Blemish Control Wash Formula.
- You can erase signs of aging.
Not true- signs of aging can be minimized, but nothing can turn back the clock continuously. Focus on keeping your skin cleansed, smooth, and hydrated and remember that the best anti-aging product is sunscreen! Use our Alpha Hydroxy Line which does improve skin elasticity to smooth out wrinkles and make the appearance of aging less noticeable. Alpha Hydroxy is a lactic acid which exfoliates and reveals a brighter skin tone to make one look youthful.
- Certain foods can cause acne.
Not true- acne is caused by an over production of sebum/ oil and the p. acnes bacteria. It is typically considered a hereditary condition. Chocolate and pizza don’t cause pimples!