We all have that unbearable friend, who keeps her skin as if she were 15 years old and who insists that it is a matter of using petroleum jelly every night. Or the other one that says that she has never used cream for the eye contour, that she simply puts a little aloe vera at night and it is enough. But in addition, there are the magazines that insist on false matters, out of ignorance or error. And there are also the trademarks that tell us that theirs is the wonder that will make everything better, even if it is not true.
There are many myths and falsehoods about skin care. The important thing is that you keep in mind that each skin is different. What’s right for your friend doesn’t have to be right for you. In addition, that the skin changes with age, so what I lent you at 20, is not necessarily the best at 40. Take care of your skin, try what you want but, if you see that it does not work for you, change it immediately and do not insist.
Today we are going to debunk some false myths about skin care.
1 The best cosmetics are the most expensive
Not necessarily. Check that expensive cream well. Are you looking at the very heavy glass jar? That comes at a cost. And the publicity of millions to that movie star? That’s also paid for by you. And that little metal spoon? Well, you pay for it too. In reality, much of the price of expensive cosmetics does not go to good ingredients, but to very expensive packaging and advertising. There are great products that are not so expensive and do their job perfectly. The point is to try and find the right thing for your skin without leaving the budget in it. Another option is to combine. Thus, you can pay dearly for your lipstick and your foundation, but spend less on shade and mask, that way you compensate. I always try to read interviews with great makeup artists, they usually recommend very good and durable products, but not so expensive.
2 The skin gets used to the creams and you have to change
No, the skin does not get used to creams and therefore does not have to change from time to time. It is the skin that changes with years, seasons and hormonal changes. That’s what you have to keep in mind. If before you lived in a humid climate and now you live in a dry one, your creams cannot be the same. Nor if you are pregnant or menopausal. Each skin needs different things. Now, if you are in the same condition and your cream is serving you wonderfully well, there is no point in changing it.
3 The higher the protection factor, the better the sun protection
Not necessarily. Protection 30 is more than enough, and if you are in a very sunny place, protection 50. The protection ratio given by a factor of 100 is not twice as high as a 50. The important thing is to protect yourself from the sun in other ways. It’s no use putting on a factor of 100 and then spending hours in the sun like a lizard. It also doesn’t help that you apply sunscreen once and don’t redo it after the pool. The important thing is that you wear sun protection and also be in the shade, wear a hat and not be in the sun between 11 am and 4 pm.
4 Botox is the panacea
Well, no. I notice more and more strange people who put on botox carelessly. Their faces move in an unsettling way for some reason I don’t understand. If they use botox only on the eyes it seems that the lower parts of the face have more wrinkles than ever, perhaps because of the contrast between one part and another. The ones that put botox all over the face look like wax masks. And most of all, I see a deflated balloon effect when the effect passes. It is as if what was previously tight, when the effect passes, becomes more wrinkled than ever.
Even worse is using botox before you need it to prevent. Girls lose all expression.
Botox is very delicate. If you decide to undergo this treatment, let it be an experienced doctor and, above all, with common sense and aesthetic criteria who applies it.
5 Creams rejuvenate
Nothing rejuvenates. What creams do is delay aging and improve skin conditions. There is no treatment, not even plastic surgery, that turns the clock back. People are the age they are, what creams and skin care do, is take care of the dermis so that your skin matures in the best conditions. Does that mean it’s better not to use them? Not even remotely, if even your leather armchair needs care, imagine the skin on your face. Of course, any cream that offers you miracles is lying.
6 Antibacterial soap is the best for the skin
Well, no, not even remotely. The skin always has bacteria, it doesn’t have to be sterile. What you have to try to avoid are bacteria that can make the skin sick. But that is not achieved with antibacterial soap and, even, the constant use of this type of soaps can dry out your skin, return to resistant bacteria and that begin to give problems and even change the Ph of your skin.
There is no need to be constantly using an antibacterial product. And if necessary, only your doctor can make that decision and tell you which products and for how long to use them.
7 Scars disappear with certain substances
Well, what certain vitamins and creams achieve is to make the scars less apparent. In this case, again, it’s best to consult with your doctor. Vitamin E may not improve the appearance of that scar that bothers you, but if you are allergic to any of the substances it contains, they can make the problem worse. If the scar is very recent and you apply creams not prescribed by your specialist, you may end up with an infection. Do not use any product indiscriminately.
8 Makeup remover wipes make night cleaning unnecessary
Far from it. Makeup remover wipes can solve a specific problem during an emergency, but they leave the face dirty because they do not really remove makeup or substances that we apply during the day. It is better that you use the necessary products for this moment, whether they are specific creams to remove makeup, micellar lotions to clean the face, specific soaps for this function and apply water in quantity. A clean face is what will prevent skin breakouts, blackheads, open pores and other pests.
The skin on your face and body has to last you for a long life. Take care of it carefully and, before trying anything, consult with your dermatologist. Doctors spend many years studying their specialty and they know more about it than anyone else.