Saturday, 25 April 2015

#AtoZChallenge: True or False?

true or false skincare myths

Can you tell the fact from the fiction when it comes to skincare? Do blackheads mean you have dirty skin? Does a higher SPF mean you can stay out in the beer garden longer without risking skin damage? Does your skin adapt to products to the point where they stop working?

Let’s see how well you did!

The higher SPF, the longer you can stay out in the sun.


You still need to apply sunscreen every 2 hours when you’re out in the sun. The SPF factor on the bottle is basically telling you what percentage of UVB (the rays that cause sunburn and and contribute to skin cancer) rays are blocked. The higher the SPF, the higher the percentage;

  • SPF blocks 93%
  • SPF 30 blocks 97%
  • SPF 50 blocks 98%

It’s recommended you use at least SPF 30, apply every 2-3 hours when in direct sunlight and look for facial moisturisers that protect from both UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays cause skin damage and wrinkles!

Your skin adapts to products and they eventually stop working.


Eating apples are good for you. Does that mean if you eat one everyday the apples will stop being good for you? The same thing goes for skincare. If a product is working for you, then suddenly isn’t working as well as it used to, it’s probably not down to your skin suddenly developing an immunity to it’s awesomeness. Chances are, something else has changed. Your diet, your hormone levels, maybe the product has gone out of date? They might have even changed the formula since you last bought it. 

It could even be that you’ve just been using the product so long that those initial results you first saw have become a permanent feature so there’s nothing for the product to actually ‘fix’. 

Blackheads mean your skin is dirty - so scrub them away!


When your skin gets too oily, the oil tries to push up and out through the pores. If the pores are filled with dead skin cells and debris, the oil gets caught up in it, causing a kind of plug. When the plug reaches the surface of the skin, it oxidises and turns black. 

Using a normal facial scrub/exfoliate will removes some of the more visible surface dirt but it won’t clean out the pore deep down, which will cause the blackhead to form again. 

Using a clay face mask twice a week on affected areas will help to physically pull the dirt up and out of the pores that is causing the blackheads.

Rubbing your eyes can cause wrinkles.


Rubbing your eyes and squinting a lot can speed up the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes. That being said, so does smiling, who wants to look line-free and miserable at the same time? No thanks!

Skin naturally looses firmness with age and wrinkles form in the areas that have been moved and squeezed the most. Naturally, being the expressive creatures that we are, the skin cells around our eyes will get squeezed more so than other areas.

You can shrink your pores until they vanish.


Pore size is determined by genetics and you can’t physically change the size of your pores no matter what the latest lotion or potion says. Pores can look bigger than they are if they’re all clogged up, so keeping them clean will minimise their appearance, but we’re stuck with em for life!

Eating junk food will cause acne.


OK, the jury is still out on this one. Technically, there are no studies that have managed to 110% relate junk food to acne but personally, I’m going with true. I know from personal experience that when I have a binge fest on junk food, take aways, and alcohol over a couple of days my skin starts to look crap. I get breakouts, mostly on my chin and nose, and my complexion looks pale and tired. Maybe you’ve noticed this in your skin too, say after a long, indulgent weekend away with friends? One McDonalds meal isn't going to cause me to breakout over night, but having several take aways in a week does have an adverse affect on my skin at least!

Do you have any skincare myths that need busting? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time,

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