Know the Skin Care Myths

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There are many skin care myths making their way from ear to ear. How many of us have heard that chocolate causes breakouts? I'm sure that 99 percent of readers have heard that particular saying at least once in their life.

The higher the SPF rating, the better the product is for sun protection. This is true, but only slightly so. The majority of sun protection comes at the SPF 15 level. Moving up to SPF 30 increases protection only by an additional 2% and SPF 45 an additional 1%. It is fair to say that SPF protection above 30 is only important if you are going to be out in the sun a really long time. Also SPF only covers UVB rays, not the more harmful UVA rays.

Rubbing your skin with soap will keep your skin healthy. When you rub your face, you take out some of the protective oils and problems that can generate damage. It is smart to utilize a gentle cleanser, after which use a moisturizer or sunscreen.

This is another myth which often proves to be completely false. For people with very severe acne, getting rid of it can be a long-fought "war", not a quick battle. Even when medication is very effective, it can take up to 6 to 8 weeks to get initial results. To beat acne, it is necessary to be patient and "stick with it", even when treatment doesn't seem to be helping.

The concept of using sunscreen to protect your skin from the harmful sun is good. However, the problem is that most sunscreens contain active ingredients which are harmful chemicals. Depending on the sunscreen, the chemicals may include Benzophenones, PABA and PABA esters, Cinnamates, Salicylates, Digalloyl trioleate, Menthyl anthranilate and Avobenzone.

You have to drink eight glasses of WATER a day to have healthy skin. Water is in fact the ultimate in thirst quenching BUT juice, tea, milk, even fruits and vegetables all work at getting you hydrated as well. So while water's good for you, if you're drinking at all you're well on your way to being hydrated. Staying hydrated and eating a healthy diet is actually the number two thing you can do to keep your skin beautiful and blemish free.

When you use collagen elastin lotion, your skin penetrates the proteins. The truth is that when you use this lotion, your skin cannot absorb any of the collagen and elastin because the molecules are too large to be absorbed by the skin. Even collagen and elastin products that contain "hydrolyzed" proteins in small fragments cannot be integrated into the framework of the skin.

Using toner everyday is rarely needed and can actually dry out the skin so much that the sebaceous glands produce more oil to compensate. The problem is then you feel like you really need the toner that is actually doing the damage; creating a vicious cycle.

Lip balms are not as some claim and can be filled with ingredients to dry out your lips so you will keep buying it. We may use a lot because as soon as it wears off we reapply it. Lip licking then applying the balm creates a cycle of wetness and dryness that reduces moisture. Physical addiction to lip balm is not possible.

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