Common Skin Myths

A Note from Jessica McCoy, Licensed Aesthetician

There are many misconceptions from the media and brand manufactures about skin care products, skin science, and overall skin health. How often do we as consumers google a skincare concern and purchase a product straight from Amazon, that claims an overnight cure? More often than you would think, there’s an abundance amount of skincare myths floating around. Jessica McCoy, Licensed Aesthetician from Tru-Skin Dermatology is here to help you identify fact from myth.

Myth 1

There is no such thing as washing your face too much.
Over cleansing your face can lead to dryness, sensitivity, and irritation. When choosing a cleanser for your skin, the ideal cleanser should be sulfate-free to avoid stripping the skin of its natural oils and compromise its barrier.

Myth 2

The only form of Vitamin C that works is L-ascorbic acid.
L-ascorbic acid only remains in its most potent state for a limited time.
THD Ascorbate is the most promising vitamin c derivative that has been created. It penetrates the skin deeper than all other forms of vitamin c. It does a better job fighting free radicals, brightening the skin & reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. My favorite Vitamin C product is from Revision Skincare. Their Vitamin C Lotion 30% contains THD Ascorbate & Vitamin E.

Myth 3

I can use the same moisturizer for my face and body.
Your skin is very thin and delicate on your face and thicker on your body. Your face has different cosmetic needs than the rest of your body. The primary job of body moisturizers is to relieve dry skin, and they use ingredients like petrolatum and mineral oil which provide an excellent barrier. However, these types of moisturizers can be too heavy for the face and can clog pores. Many facial moisturizers offer many benefits such as sun protection, anti-aging, relieve dry skin & anti-acne. Facial moisturizers should be lightweight and non-comedogenic.

Myth 4

A base tan protects you.
There is no such thing as a safe tan. A tan is your body’s response to being injured by UV exposure. Every time you tan, you speed up your body’s wrinkling process and damage your skin cells. Exposing the body to high levels of UVA light from tanning beds create a temporary tan that will do very little to protect the skin from sun exposure and sunburns caused by UVB light.

Myth 5

Layering several SPF products increases protection.
No, we are only protected to the extent of the highest rating. A foundation with an SPF of 10, moisturizer with an SPF of 15 and a sunscreen with an SPF of 20 does not yield an SPF rating of 45.

Myth 6

Using larger quantities of a product will yield better results.
Less is more. Normally, a pea-sized amount of facial product will do the trick. Excessive amounts can cause skin problems and waste money.

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