With so many skincare products on the market and countless beauty tips that appear to contradict each other, it can be difficult to separate signal from noise when it comes to the best way to take care of your skin.
This, in turn, can lead to either overcomplicating a skin routine or not choosing a suitable skincare routine for your skin type. This has especially been the case over the last few years when people have experimented far more with their skincare routine than usual.
With that in mind, here are some common skincare beliefs that are actually myths.
You Should Not Be Exfoliating Daily
Exfoliation can be an important part of skincare routines by shedding the top layer of dead skin cells, but be careful not to overdo it.
It can take away the vital oils that provide the skin with moisture and protection, which can lead to dry, flaky skin. It also can increase sebum production which can cause oily skin to feel more oily.
If you want to use a natural facial scrub, limit it to no more than a couple of times per week. Your body’s natural processes will do the rest.
You Can Wash Your Face Too Much
Unfortunately for people who love to have long, relaxing baths, a lot of the problems with exfoliation also apply to excessive washing of the skin, for largely the same reasons.
Obviously keeping clean is essential and drinking lots of water is vital to overall health. However, washing for overly long periods, especially with hot water, can wash away protective oils and damage your skin more than it helps.
The best way to lock in that moisture is to apply a moisturising cream or ointment whilst the skin is still damp.
You Do Not Need To Use Anti-Aging Skincare Early
The advice can be especially muddled on this fact, as some sources claim that you need to start focusing on anti-ageing skincare as young as 21 years old. However, this is not the case and most of the active ways in which anti-ageing skincare products work are a waste on skin that doesn’t need it.
Instead, focus on getting the fundamentals of your routine correct, such as wearing sunscreen in summer (if spending a lot of time outdoors), patting rather than rubbing your skin dry and making sure your moisturising game is on point as early as possible. Using fluid creams on your face will ensure very little drag on your skin from application (vs very thick gloopy skin which are harder to apply evenly)