What Skin Care Myths Could Hurt Your Regimen?


It is nearly impossible to flip through a magazine or watch the television without seeing an ad for a skin care product. Despite the claims in the ad, not everything that you hear or see is true. To help ensure your skin care regimen is right for you, here are some common myths about skin care and the truth.  

Higher SPF Is Best for the Skin

Everyone knows the importance of using sunscreen to protect the skin from harmful ultraviolet rays. However, many people are not aware that using a sunscreen with a higher SPF level does not necessarily mean that you are getting the best protection for your skin.  

The SPF level refers to the protection that is offered against UVB rays. Unfortunately, the level does not refer to how much protection you get from UVA rays. UVA rays can be just as damaging to your skin as UVB rays and still lead to sunburn, which increases your chances of developing skin cancer.  

When it comes to sunscreen, you need to look for one based on the SPF level, but also whether or not it offers UVA protection. Products that contain Mexoryl or titanium dioxide offer UVA protection. 

Skin Care Products Should Work Quickly

While developing a skin care regimen, it is not uncommon to try several products. When the product does not work in a short period of time, you might be tempted to dump it and move onto the next one. This is especially true if your skin is not showing the results within the period of time promised by the manufacturer.  

The reality is that everyone's skin responds to skin care products differently. Although a friend's skin might have improved within a week of using a product, there is no guarantee that yours will. It might take longer to see results, but it is possible that the product is right for you.  

To get a fair assessment of how well a product will work for you, allow a couple of months of usage before moving on. If the product has not given you the desired results at that point, you can move onto the next one or look for other products to use in combination with it.  

There are other myths that could impact your skin care regimen. Talk to your dermatologist about those myths and to learn more about developing a regimen that is right for you and your skin type. For more information, look into a dermatology clinic in your area.


12 March 2017

Never Ignore an Unusual Skin Change

When I was a teenager, I loved sunbathing to keep a golden tan. My family had no history of skin cancer, so I thought my skin was "invincible" to sun damage. Years later, as an adult, I noticed an unusual patch of skin on my arm. I had no idea what it was, but thankfully, I made an appointment with my GP to get it checked out. She referred me to a dermatologist who diagnosed me with very early stage skin cancer that could be treatable with a simple cream. I was very lucky that the cream worked, but if I had waited to visit the dermatologist until my skin cancer was more advanced, I would have had to have surgery to remove it. I decided to start a blog to share my story and post tips about skin health. Please come back often and learn more about skin!