Mythbusters: 3 Skincare Myths Debunked

We all want beautiful skin, but with so much advice and so many warnings out there, it can be tough. How do you know what is clever advertising, media bias or good advice? Read on to see three common skincare myths debunked for good!

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High SPF is the best sun protection!

Sadly, many people still think that a high SPF in your sunscreen means it will be doing the best job of protecting your skin. However, it’s slightly more complex than that.

The sun’s ray are three different kinds. There are UVA rays, UVB rays and UVC rays. The first changes the pigmentation of your skin. These are the rays that give you a suntan. They go deep into the skin, hence their ability to change you skin tone. On the other hand, UVB rays are the ones that burn your skin, primarily. If you’re feeling a little confused, luckily you don’t have to worry about UVC rays. They never even make it to you, getting absorbed into the atmosphere before they have the chance.

This means that you need to be sure that you are protecting yourself from both UVA and UVB rays. When you read the SPF, this is usually only referring to UVB rays. As it doesn’t cover UVA rays also, which can also be damaging, you need to find one that protects against these too. The next time you buy a bottle of sunscreen, ensure it has UVA and UVB protection, and never go below a factor 15. Increase your minimum factor based on how hot the sun will be.

Facelifts make you look fake!

Let’s be honest. The media has done a fantastic job of demonizing plastic surgery. Sensationalistic stories are what some newspapers, magazines and websites make their money from. They publish pictures depicting the very worst jobs. Whether it be a plastic-looking forehead or overly big lips, we’ve all seen the photos. Some of us will have been totally put off by them. 

However, it’s important to remember that these media depictions are extreme scenarios. In reality, facelift surgery is far more subtle and far more effective. The result is one of enhanced beauty. It’s wise to remember that the media is biased. Make your own decisions on plastic surgery and facelifts without that negative influence.

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The most expensive products are the best!

Cheaper products may not feel as silky as their more expensive competitor. They might not have such a beautiful scent. And the packaging they come in might be plainer. But these things do not mean that the product itself, and it’s effectiveness, is sub-par.

A lot of beauty and skincare products are highly focused on the branding they use. This means the celebrity endorsed TV and advertisements. It means double-page ads in glossy magazines. It means social media stars and vloggers raving about them on their blogs and YouTube channels. However, just because a product has all of these things, doesn’t make it necessarily superior. It just means that there is more funding behind promoting it widely and effectively. And just because it has a high-price tag, doesn’t mean it is the best.

Do your research into different skin care products. Ask friends and family what they use. It might be a case of trial and error, but you might find something that works really well for you. And it could well be far cheaper than the designer or well-branded alternative.

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