Busting popular skin care myths

Myth: “A base tan will protect you from skin damage.”

To address this myth, we first need to look at why we tan. A tan is our body’s natural response to UV exposure. As UV rays penetrate the skin, our skin produces melanin in an effort to protect against the UV radiation.

The melanin absorbs the rays and transforms them into heat, but its protective abilities are limited, with estimates showing that our natural melanin protection only blocks 50-75% of UVB rays at best. With the basics of tanning understood, the concept of a ‘base tan’ starts to unravel. While on first thought it may sound like a good idea to ‘prep’ your skin before a beach holiday or a long day out in the sun, the fact is that any tan is essentially our skin trying to cope with the sun’s radiation and prevent damage from occurring. And, as discussed above, the amount of protection our skin’s natural defenses can provide is severely limited.

The bottom line is that once the skin starts to tan, it’s usually a good sign that damage has already occurred. Rather than trying to get a base tan, the best way to protect yourself on a beach holiday or during a period of high sun exposure is to apply broad spectrum sunscreen regularly, wear sun protective clothing and seek shade whenever possible.

Myth: “Sun exposure is healthy because our bodies need vitamin D.”

Another common misconception is that repeated sun exposure and tanning is okay – healthy even – because our bodies need vitamin D and we can only get vitamin D from the sun. There is no doubt that vitamin D is essential for our health as it plays a role in proper immune function, the absorption of calcium and phosphorus and more. And while the sun is often touted as the best source of vitamin D, it’s important to remember that a little sun exposure goes a long way.

Most research points to as little as five to ten minutes of sun exposure two to three times a week on the arms, legs, hands and/or face to meet all of the body’s vitamin D needs. Further, prolonged sun exposure will not increase the body’s stores of vitamin D. Rather, levels will remain steady, or possibly even break down, but the risk of developing skin cancer will greatly increase. It’s also important to note that wearing sunscreen has never been shown to lead to vitamin D deficiency.

Even when wearing sunscreen, some UVB rays will inevitably penetrate the skin and stimulate vitamin D production, meaning that you never need to leave your skin unprotected. The sun is also not the only source of vitamin D. People can supplement with tablets or acquire it from certain foods such as fatty fish, some cereals and eggs; however, it is worth noting that the body will not readily store vitamin D without fat, so taking vitamin D supplements with something fatty such as olive oil can help in absorption.

Myth: “Sunscreen can cause skin cancer.”

There are a lot of articles out there raising concerns about the safety of sunscreen, stating that sunscreen could actually be causing skin cancer rather than preventing it. The ingredients in question are oxybenzone, retinyl palmitate and nanoparticles, which some claim can enter the bloodstream and affect hormone levels or generate free-radicals. Despite the worrying claims, many medical professionals and institutions agree that the research proves these claims to be unfounded and often a product of misinterpreted study results.

A comprehensive review of all studies of melanoma and sunscreen use completed from 1966 to 2003 conducted by the Annals of Internal Medicine found no evidence that sunscreen increases melanoma risk. While on the other hand, there have been many studies over the years that demonstrate the efficacy of using sunscreen regularly to prevent skin cancer. A 2010 study of 1,621 Australians, found that regular sunscreen users reduced their incidence of melanoma by 50-73 percent.

For those who are still concerned or who have sensitive skin, non-chemical sunscreens (also called physical sunscreens) that contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide may be a better option as they lay on top of the skin and reflect the sun’s rays instead of being absorbed into the skin.

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It’s the start of summer! Make sure you get out and enjoy the beautiful weather, though don’t forget your sunblock and sunglasses!

Summer is the time when we all want the best looking skin and body, but there are many questions and myths surrounding skin care, plastic surgery, and beauty. Let’s correct some common misconceptions:

Myth: Pillow wrinkles won’t become permanent

Busting popular skin care mythsActually, sleeping on your face can cause wrinkles. Deep creases from the pillow will begin as temporary, but over the years they can become permanent. Sleeping on your back is the best bet for avoiding this issue, but if you absolutely have to sleep with your face on the pillow, choose a satin or silk pillowcase.

Myth: I have varicose and spider veins because I cross my legs all the time

These types of veins don’t come from crossing your legs. In fact, the real causes are genetics, pregnancy, and standing for long periods of time. You can repair spider veins with procedures like sclerotherapy and laser treatments. If you have a job where you stand a lot, make sure you wear compression hose. They are an absolute must.

Myth: Fat removed during liposuction will come back in a different place or in a weird/lumpy shape

This has always sounded silly to me. If I suck out fat from your thighs, it’s not going to reappear somewhere else on your body. After more than a decade of performing liposuction on more than 2,000 patients, I’ve never had a patient tell me that fat removed from one area came back in a different area.

Myth: Dermaplaning will make the hair on your face grow back thicker and darker

One of the biggest myths out there! No, hair will not grow back darker or thicker. It may look thicker for a short time because the hair growing back in starts out with a blunt end, and looks more noticeable. However, as the hair grows, that blunt end will taper, giving a thinner appearance.

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Busting popular skin care mythsEpisode #241 – The Hidden Causes of Low Energy and Fatigue with Dr. Tim Jackson – Do you lack the energy you used to have?

Are you more fatigued than ever before? Are you missing out on living the life you want because you’re just too tired? Or maybe you’re constantly drinking coffee and energy drinks to keep you functioning?

If any of these apply to you, then the causes of your low energy might not be what you think.

Although not on most traditional physicians’ radar, addressing these and other hidden causes of low energy and fatigue just could be the solution to living the life you want to live.

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Busting popular skin care mythsEpisode #240 – Bad Things that Happened to my Patients with Dr. Anthony Youn – Not everything goes right in plastic surgery. Bad things can happen, even with the best doctors. On this podcast episode, I share two of the CRAZIEST stories of patients of mine. These patients had uneventful, uncomplicated operations… then all hell broke loose.

These experiences threw me for a loop, but I hope they educate and entertain you.

What do you think you’ll hear? I’m sure it’ll be a surprise!

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Skin Nerd: There are key ingredients that are needed for skin health but the advice you receive can be as complicated as it is contradictory.

It can be super confusing trying to navigate your way around the vast skincare market. There are key ingredients that are needed for skin health but the advice you receive can be as complicated as it is contradictory. At The Skin Nerd, we aim to empower people with the knowledge they need to reach their skin goals. Whilst your skin and skincare aims are personal to you, there are a few universal skin truths and misconceptions we need to clear up to set you on your path to living your best skin life!

My oily skin doesn’t need moisturiser.

Although it would make perfect sense that skin with excess oil would be fully hydrated, oil and hydration are different and so this isn’t always the case! Oily skin doesn’t necessarily need a moisturiser per se but it’s important to make sure your skin is hydrated – in fact, dehydrated skin can be a key cause of oiliness! Rather than opting for a heavy cream, I suggest using a serum containing hyaluronic acid as it keeps the skin supple and will allow you to minimise the number of products you use.

I don’t need SPF in the winter.

You absolutely need to wear SPF every day – it’s the number one skincare essential all year round! Sun damage has no regard for the weather and loves nothing more than to surprise us when we think we are safe in the misty cloak of the colder seasons. Whilst UVB rays reach us from the end of March until September in the northern hemisphere, UVA rays exist throughout the entire year and can penetrate deeper into the skin. Most SPFs work by reflecting and absorbing UV light, converting it to energy to help defend our skin from the damage. With a multitude of formulas available to suit all skin types, there’s no excuse not to wear it on a daily basis.

There’s no such thing as too much exfoliation.

You need to be cautious when it comes to exfoliating the skin, as over-exfoliation can weaken the skin barrier, which can lead to transepidermal water loss. Remember the skin is an organ and it’s unlikely we would exfoliate any other organ as much if given the chance. An alternative option is to switch use vitamin A, as it encourages the skins natural exfoliation process to work optimally, so you lean less on additional exfoliation.

There’s nothing I can do about my acne scars.

Acne scarring can knock your confidence but there are things that you can do to help minimise the appearance of scars. Firstly, I always suggest tackling a skincare issue at the prevention stage, and so knowing the cause of the scarring is important. Acne scarring can be caused by all types of acne, inflammation and by picking spots. It’s important to speak to your doctor or a dermatologist if you are frequently getting spots that are tender or spreading over an area, as early treatment can help prevent scarring. Adopt a good skincare routine that incorporates ingredients that stimulate the production of collagen such as vitamin A, vitamin C and salicylic acid. If none of these help, there are aesthetic treatments that medical practitioners can assist with to bring the same texture as surrounding skin back.

Wipes will do in the evening.

Facial wipes are quick fixes but shouldn’t be part of a regular skincare routine if you want effective results as they can dry out the skin. I believe double cleansing is key to developing an effective, results-driven skincare routine and it’s made easier with the use of the Cleanse off Mitt. Simply use with water on one side to remove makeup and then use with a cleanser on the dry side for a proper cleanse.

**Kravvas G and Al-Niaimi F. A systematic review of treatments for acne scarring. Part 1: Non-energybased techniques. Scars, Burns & Healing, Volume 3, 2017.

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Skingredients Skin Protein is a super serum for anyone with acne scarring. It contains a progressive and effective form of vitamin A, which helps repair any damage and helps to trigger collagen synthesis. It’s also rich in antioxidants, containing vitamin C, vitamin E, rooibos tea extract and green tea extract which protect skin from free radicals, calm irritation and brighten the complexion.

Busting popular skin care myths

What are your go-to sources for information on skin care? Friends? Family? Google search? If you said yes to any of those sources, it is highly likely that you may be exposed to very common skin myths. As a skin care coach, I firmly believe that education is the #1 tool in helping you develop a skin health plan tailored to your needs. Skin is not only your largest organ, but also many of cosmetic issues which affect it are signals of a body in distress internally.

In this last post of my series on the science of summer skin, let’s explore: Busting Skin Care Myths.

Myth: Chocolate, sodas and fried foods cause acne breakouts.
Truth: These food sources are not the culprit. Acne is caused when the follicle/pore is blocked by accumulated dead skin cells and dried sebum/oil. The oil is trapped in the pore and creates an environment for bacteria to grow, which causes infection and inflammation resulting in breakouts.

Keeping the follicle clean and the bacteria levels low will maintain healthy, clear skin. I suggest using pure, unbuffered glycolic acid combined with salicylic acid to maintain low bacteria levels while keeping inflammation at a minimum. Once the inflammation is controlled, higher concentrations of glycolic acid (15%) can be used to penetrate deeper and kill bacteria within the follicle.

Myth: Moisturizers will make breakouts worse.
Truth: Hydration is friend, not foe. When the skin is denied moisture, the sebaceous glands respond by becoming more active and productive. The excess oil production contributes to breakouts. Also, the dry flaky skin from lack of moisture can block the follicles and incubate more bacteria that is trapped under the surface.

The use of a light moisturizer incorporating anti-inflammatory ingredients (mango, aloe, shea butter) with a sunscreen is the best protection for acneic skin. It provides a thin veil of moisture and protects from the potential of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation which is a problem for acne skin as the blemishes heal.

Myth: Tanning the face will clear acne.
Truth: Tanning the face can dry out surface layers and may disguise acne temporarily, but the heat can be stimulating and contribute to the production of excess oil. More importantly, the UV radiation will cause more potential long-term damage to the skin than any slight benefit that may be gained. UV radiation from the sun causes 90% of the aging process and is responsible for most types of skin cancer.

I always say, “Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen!” Using a lightweight sunscreen moisturizer is the best solution for acne skin. The use of self-tanners and bronzers are also good ways to minimize the appearance of acne.

Myth: You don’t need sunscreen on a cloudy day.
Truth: WRONG! UVA radiation from the sun comes through the clouds. One in five Americans are found to have skin cancer in their lifetime. Yet, only 20 percent of people wear sunscreen on a daily basis. (Source: Harris Interactive). Wear sunscreen rain or shine!

Myth: Using cucumbers on the eyes will eliminate puffiness.
Truth: It’s the coldness that counts here! The coolness of the cucumber slice on the eyes minimizes swelling, but you could also use a cold compress for the same results.

Puffy eyes can be challenging. Many times, the puffiness is due to general fluid retention from stress, salty foods, menstrual cycles, alcohol and crying. However, puffy eyes can also be an inherited trait that shows more as we age. Products that contain grape pulp, vitamin E and green tea extract work amazingly well in reducing puffiness and restoring the firmness and elasticity around the eye area. Ingredients that increase circulation like vitamin K and arnica will help prevent fluids from collecting in the eye area.

About the author: With two decades in the beauty and skin care industries, Celeste Hilling is the Founder, CEO and Product Formulator for Skin Authority. Skin Authority is respected for developing pure and powerful products without the use of parabens, added fragrance, dyes or animal testing. More on www.skinauthority.com, Facebook at Skin Authority, Twitter @SkinAuthority and @MissSkin

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About the author : Celeste Hilling

With two decades in the beauty and skin care industries; Celeste Hilling is the Founder, CEO and Product Formulator for Skin Authority. Carried in top spas and high-end retailers, Skin Authority is respected for developing pure and powerful products without the use of parabens, added fragrance, dyes or animal testing.

Busting popular skin care myths

Our skin is the largest organ of our body and that is why it is important to take good care of it. But with so many beauty and skincare tips available online, it is quite common to get confused. Most people tend to try out every remedy and treatment they overhear, without cross-checking it with an expert. At last, they end up with no results and sometimes even bigger worries. It’s time to stop believing all kinds of misconceptions and old wives’ tales about skincare and get experts advice on this sensitive issue. We talked to dermatologist Dr. Navin Taneja and tried to bust some of the common skincare myths for you. Read on to know more:

Myth 1: Is regular steaming good for our skin?
Fact: Steaming increases oil and oil pumping activity. If you consider doing it this month or the next, it is not good as it is going to be quite hot and humid. By getting sauna and steam, we are increasing the oil pump and aggravating our open pores. So it is better to wash the face frequently. Going for a sauna does not mean that your pores will open. Too hot means you are making your skin dry.

Myth 2: Is shaving better than waxing?
Fact: Shaving is a million times better than waxing. Most of the women in the world shave. In our society, there is a myth that by shaving, the hair growth will increase. The growth is hormonal dependent and it never increases by shaving. The other myth is that the hair becomes thick after shaving, which is incorrect. You are cutting it from the bottom so it is going to grow from the bottom. The disadvantage of waxing is that you are pulling the hair. You can get folliculitis. You can get a post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation around the hair follicle and black spot on the legs. So it is better to shave your legs rather than waxing.
Myth 3: Eating oily food aggravates the acne
Fact: Acne aggravation is not dependent on oily food, rather it is related to your hormones and genes. If you are acne-prone, you are bound to get acne. Diet does not have an important role to play in it. But still, one should take low glycemic index food, which means too much caloric value food should be avoided. Taking too much chocolate truffle and chocolate bar can lead to pustular eruption on the skin. So low glycemic index food is important. You can have normal paratha and samosa.

Myth 4: Are dairy products are fine?
Dairy foods can be taken in moderation. Dairy food means the caloric value is more. Suppose you are taking hot chocolate fudge, it is a dairy product but the milk is good for health. Drinking milk has no direct relation to acne.

Myth 5: Do anti-aging creams really work?
Anti-ageing creams work little if they are titanium-based or retinol-based. It stimulates a kind of collagen, but it is important that they are aggressive exfoliator. Make sure you use anti-ageing cream only at night and in the day prevent your skin from the rays of skin with a good sunblock with PA+++

Myth 6: It is good for the skin to put so many layers of product
The simple step is you cleanse, tone up your skin and then moisturise it. These are the three main things. But remember that our skin can exfoliate on its own. Simply cleansing the exposed part and protecting it from the sun is the key criteria rather than applying layers and layers of product on the skin. Covered up skin is more beautiful, which is better than the exposed skin. Protection is the key criteria rather than layering it up.

Bottom line:
1. Sauna does not open your pores.
2. It is always better to shave your hair than wax it.
3. Acne aggravation is not dependent on oily food. It is related to hormones and genes.

4. Cleansing, toning, and mositurising are the three essential steps of protecting your skin.
5. Apply anti-ageing cream only at night and in the day prevent your skin with a good sunblock.

We all know that we should use SPF protection no matter the weather and that facials are a brilliant way of reinvigorating tired, dull-looking skin, but have you heard of these other “skincare rules”?

Or, better yet, are you guilty of believing any of them?


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SKIN MYTH #1. Pores can open and close.

Nope. Pores stay the exact same size rain, hail or shine. Steaming your face or using clay soaps is great for loosening up dirt or oil that’s created a nice clog in your pore; it’s not your pore that’s widened that will allow it to come out more easily (refer to #6).

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SKIN MYTH #2. Junk food gives you pimples.

Breakouts aren’t solely caused by certain food groups, no matter how healthy or unhealthy they are. Usually, the flare-up of pimples or redness is your body’s inflammatory response to high glycaemic foods, so foods with refined sugars and high carbohydrates.

SKIN MYTH #3. Use pore strips to get rid of blackheads.

Those friggin’ black peel masks that everyone’s going crazy for do more harm than good because they ravage your skin by stripping it of its natural oils. Don’t fall for it!

If your blackheads are driving you bonkers, you’re going to have to tackle the issue slowly, i.e. over a couple of weeks. Exfoliate your face (avoid bead-based exfoliants if your skin’s dry) once a week to remove dead skin cells and any crap that’s accumulated. Over time you’ll see a noticeable difference.

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SKIN MYTH #4. The more expensive the skincare product, the better the result.

Don’t waste your money on fancy-schmancy products that promise the world and then some. Sure, expensive products will probably feel like a dream and smell fantastic, but the effect they have compared to a cheaper moisturizer from the is fairly similar. At the end of the day, skin is skin. It regulates itself. Humans have had it for centuries and it’s done just fine before we started meddling with it.

SKIN MYTH #5. Facial exercises tighten the face.

Wrong again, my friends. Unlike squats and lunges for firming up your booty and legs, doing facial exercises doesn’t tighten your facial muscles. In fact, it does the opposite. You’re basically encouraging the formation of wrinkles by continually creasing and flexing your facial skin.

SKIN MYTH #6 You should never squeeze a pimple.

Yes, yes, yes, we know we’re not meant to, but if you simply can’t bear it because your whitehead’s looking super juicy and you have places to be, reach for your beloved extractor à la Dr. Pimple Popper.

Get a sterilized needle so you don’t break the skin open, rather neatly create an opening, and gently have at that sucker after a good facial steam. Be sure to give your face a proper cleanse to keep the area clean so it heals quickly.

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SPF should be 30 or higher and be reapplied every two hours.


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As summer approaches, it’s important for clients to be aware of what their skin needs and with social media it’s hard to find the real facts about SPF.

Natalia Sadowski, a licensed medical esthetician, skin care therapist and director of aesthetics and education for NB Naturals, busted some summer skin care myths.

Sunscreen Is Only Needed In The Summer

Apply an SPF of at least 30 everyday in order to protect your skin, regardless of the season.

Even with cloud coverage on snowy winter days, sun is still able to affect the skin, with up to 80% of UV rays burning right through the clouds.

SPF-Infused Makeup Is Enough

SPF in makeup and skin care products are not enough. The SPF in these products are not at a high percentage and cannot offer the full protection skin needs.

According to Sadowski, sunscreen needs to act as a reflective barrier on top of the skin. Sunscreen, unlike most skin care products, should not penetrate into the skin. So, for the moisturizers with SPF, either the product isn’t as powerful as it is marketed, since it doesn’t penetrate the skin, or it is penetrating toxic ingredients into the skin from the sunscreen.

The best option is to use a separate sunscreen on top of everyday moisturizer.

No Need to Reapply

In order to fully protect your skin, you also need to be reapplying your sunscreen every two hours.

Clients can look for reapplying methods such as sprays or powders to go over their makeup or for an easy on-the-go application.

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New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: Skincare is one of the most talked-about topics when it comes to beauty. People not just spend a hefty amount on their face and skincare products but also they don’t hesitate to experiment with a different variety of creams and lotions available in market.

At times users leave no stone unturned and try out each and everything to enhance the texture of their skin be it through ayurvedic or chemical-based beauty products. As a result, they often end up complaining that nothing seems to work for them. This is probably because of certain skincare myths that people have been believing in for a long time.

If you love reading beauty and wellness articles or have been on the internet to find your best body care products or natural products for skin, the chances are that you have consumed a ton of data, then you are at the right page. Here we are busting some common myths related to facial care beauty products so you can move a step ahead in achieving your picture-perfect skin!

Myth: Sunscreen is just a summer thing

Fact: Winters and monsoons have comparatively pleasant mornings than summers but that does not mean that sun rays can not be harmful. They simply aren’t very strong because of the cold weather. Therefore, one must continue using a sun protection shield irrespective of the season because sunscreens protect your skin from the harmful UV and UB rays of the sun which can cause serious health issues like skin cancer.

Myth: Skin needs exfoliation everyday

Fact: Exfoliating your skin every day is a beauty and wellness sin! Yes, it’s true! Exfoliation is the process of deep cleaning your skin by removing dirt and oil clogged in the pores. Our skin naturally sheds dead skin cells. Exfoliating it every day will damage the skin and strip it off its natural oils, leaving it flaky and dry.

Myth: Makeup is bad for skin

Fact: Well, excess of anything is bad especially when it is a chemical-based product. But following a good quality beauty regime and using healthy makeup products won’t clog your pores or trap dirt in your skin. However, make sure to remove your makeup after you are done with the day and are about to sleep. This is because going to sleep with your makeup on can break down the collagen which can further cause premature ageing.

Myth: Expensive product is always the better one

Fact: This is not always true! What makes a product better than the other is its composition and formulation. Every skin reacts differently to different ingredients. We must choose products that work best with our skin type. You may consult a dermatologist to know more about your skin so you can pick your ayurvedic skincare products more wisely.

Myth: I have oily skin and should not use a moisturiser

Fact: Many believe that using moisturisers and creams on oily skin causes skin breakouts. Excess sebum production and clogged pores are the significant causes of acne, and your moisturiser is simply, well, a moisturiser! It nourishes your skin and keeps it soft and supple! Ensure that you use a lightweight or gel-based moisturiser for oily skin, and you are good to go.

Myth: A little drop is enough for skin

Fact: In the world of ‘Nude Makeup Look’ less however is indeed more. But, we are talking about the skincare here and not just about makeup. So, unless a product asks to use a small dollop, you must use as much as required to reap the benefits. It is not a one-size-fits-all situation with facial care beauty products. Some spread easily, while others need to be used in thick layers to work more efficiently.

(Disclaimer: The article is purely informative based on the researches and several studies. However, English Jagran does not independently vouch for this report. Prior consultation with a doctor is advisable before following any of the above-mentioned tips)