Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Misconception about Skincare Myths

There is a number of dos and don'ts on our daily skincare routines, but following all of these supposedly sound advice may do more harm than good. So which one is true, and which one is not? Today, let us look at how to protect your face and body by learning the facts behind these popular misconceptions.

SPF 30 provides double the sun protection of SPF 15
SPF stands for sun protection factor, and the SPF number relates to the amount of time it would take for the skin to burn. In other words, SPF 15 means sunbathers can bask 15 times longer without getting sunburn than they would without sunscreen. Higher SPF numbers prevent a greater percentage of rays from reaching the skin, but the differences between 15, 30 and 45 are smaller than you'd think. For instance, SPF 15 blocks about 93% of the sun's rays, while SPF 30 blocks 97% and SPF 45 blocks 98%. So doubling the number doesn't double your skin's protection, especially since the average person doesn't apply as much as she should.

Hot water opens pores
Despite cleansers, scrubs and other skincare products claiming to have pore-opening powers when paired with warm H2O, this advice may not be that accurate. According to Glenn Kolansky, MD, Director of the Advanced Dermatology Surgery and Laser Center in Tinton Falls, NJ, hot water loosens hardened dirt, oil and makeup within pores, allowing for better cleansing. Still, you have to monitor the temperature. Washing your face with too-hot water can strip skin of natural oils and possibly lead to irritation and dryness. 

Makeup with built-in SPF is as effective as sunscreen
As convenient as sunscreen-infused products are, relying on them for sun protection is definitely a big no-no. Due to makeup's thickness and how it binds to the skin, it would take almost 14 times the normal amount of powder used and seven times the normal amount of foundation used to get the desired amount of SPF. Although proper sun coverage varies for everyone, a good role of thumb: Pair SPF 15 sunscreen with SPF 15 cosmetics.

Washing your face will cure acne
You may have heard this way too many times, but washing your face constantly throughout the day does not aid in reducing acne. In fact, it strips your skin of essential oil and makes your skin extremely dry, parched and susceptible to acne, Restrict to washing your face only twice or thrice in a day.

Finally, if you come across a tip that seems harmless and good, it pays to do your due diligence and double-check it before adapting it as part of your skin ritual. While many focus on looking good, skin safety is actually the first and most important step in achieving good skin.

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