August 23, 2010

Common Skincare Misconceptions

natural skincare, skin cancer, wrinkles, anti-wrinkle treatment, acneThere are numerous ideals that have been passed down from generation to generation, each promising clear, smooth and cancer-free skin as a result of a certain secret treatment. However, the science of skincare has become much more refined over the past decade, and research as revealed that most of those beautifying remedies your grandmother swore by aren’t as effective as you might think. By understanding the cause of your skin problems, whether you’re worried about acne, wrinkles or skin cancer, you’ll be better able to distinguish effective treatments from those that originally sprung from wives’ tales.

Acne – There are many misconceptions surrounding acne, and while some make sense, there are many that make no sense at all. The most common misconception about acne is that acne is caused by eating greasy foods and chocolate. Although greasy foods and chocolate are not healthy, they aren’t to blame for acne. Acne is primarily caused by high levels of stress, as well as hormonal imbalances within the body, both which trigger us to eat the foods that we know we shouldn’t eat. Using cheap facial creams, moisturizers and lotions can also contribute to acne, as cheaper products tend to block facial pores.

Wrinkles – Most misconceptions concerning wrinkles originally stemmed from fierce marketing tactics and advertisements, claiming that certain products will make wrinkles disappear or prevent wrinkles from occurring altogether. As nice as this would be, wrinkles are a natural part of life that cannot be prevented or removed by any skincare product on the market today. Most anti-wrinkle skincare products will simply reduce the appearance of facial lines over a period of time. Although wrinkles are an inevitable part of life, there are also ways to prolong the time of your smooth skin, by making healthy lifestyle choices such as using sunscreen, getting enough sleep, getting enough exercise, drinking plenty of water, making healthy diet choices and by not smoking.

Skin Cancer – Most people know that the most common cause of skin cancer is from UVA ray penetration in the skin, otherwise known as a really bad sunburn. The sun can cause a fair amount of damage to the skin, most of which is irreversible. Wearing good sunscreen every day (even when it’s cloudy) can help reduce the risk of skin cancer; however there are definitely some misconceptions concerning the use of sunscreen. The most common misconception concerning sunscreen is that sunscreens of higher SPF are better than those of low SPF. In truth, the SPF (Sun Protection Factor) relates to the length of coverage, not the quality of it. The ingredients in a sunscreen indicate the quality and level of protection. When purchasing a sunscreen, ensure that it contains one of the following ingredients: mexoryl, oxybenzone, zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, or avobenzone in order to provide full protection from both UVA and UVB rays.

Knowing the difference between an effective skincare product and a skincare product that is simply marketed to sound effective is crucial for your overall skincare well-being. If you are unsure about using a skincare product, you can talk to your doctor for more information.

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