Myth #1: You only need sunscreen when it’s sunny outside
Many people think you only need sunscreen when spending extended periods of time outside. But, just because the sun might not feel as intense or be very visible on a cloudy day doesn’t mean you’re not exposing your skin to dangerous UVA/UVB rays on a daily basis. Dangerous sun rays that could cause wrinkles, dark spots, and even skin cancer. To protect your skin from UV damage and premature aging, you should apply sunscreen containing zinc oxide everyday. Even on super cloudy and overcast days, plenty of UV rays are still making their way through the clouds, and into your skin.
Myth #2: Acne is only for teenagers
Not true. More and more women who are in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and sometimes even during menopause are still dealing with acne. This is due to a shift in the age spectrum of acne, particularly amongst women. There are three reasons that caused this shift. The first one is the presence of air pollution, which is all around. Pollution is emitted from cars, trucks, factories, and more. When it gets into your skin, the impurities clog your pores and can cause breakouts. This second one is for the makeup lovers. If you want to prevent acne, use water-based, oil-free, or mineral based makeup products that won’t clog your pores and cause breakouts. Thirdly, for some of us, our diet shows up on our face, unfortunately. Limiting dairy and following a low glycemic diet may reduce acne by reducing inflammation throughout the body.
Myth #3: You can shrink your actual pore size
Pores swell and appear larger when they are clogged and irritated. When we practice good skincare, our pores appear to “shrink” and look healthier. Pores simply shrink and swell over time. However, keeping your pores clean of impurities, which can cause inflammation in the pore can improve the appearance of them. We suggest regular facials every 4 to 6 weeks and using the proper skin care regimen, including cleansing twice a day, exfoliating, stimulating collagen, and, sun protection will help keep your skin looking smooth and clear all year round.
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