Between advice from friends and social media personas, it’s hard to differentiate between skin care myths and facts. But, following false advice can irritate and damage the skin. Instead of addressing your skin problems, you end up creating new ones. We’ve debunked a few common myths to encourage better beauty routines.
Myth #1: Sunscreen is only necessary when it’s sunny
Rain or shine, the sun emits ultraviolet radiation. There are two main types of ultraviolet light: UVA and UVB. UVA has a longer wavelength and is associated with skin aging whereas UVB has a shorter wavelength and is linked to skin burning. These rays not only cause skin discomfort but also damage epidermal cell DNA, increasing the risk of skin cancer.
Contrary to popular belief, clouds do not block UV rays. So, add sunscreen to your morning routine all year round. To ensure the product is absorbed by your skin, apply it at least 30 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply every 2 hours, or after swimming or sweating.
Myth #2: Hot water opens your pores
Pores are small openings in the skin that allow us to sweat and regulate body temperature. They also produce an oily substance called sebum, which moisturizes and protects the skin. Sometimes, this substance can clog the pores and cause blackheads. To prevent this, people often offer advice along these lines: Use hot water or steam to open your pores and release the buildup. But, the truth is pores aren’t like windows— they don’t open and close.
While hot water can help loosen and cleanse the buildup in your pores, it won’t change their size. In fact, nothing will. And that’s okay because pores do important work! But, by regularly cleansing the face, you unclog pores and make them less visible. Our Golden Hour Face Wash has pineapple juice for natural exfoliation. Or, detoxify gently with our Glow Dust Facial Mask.
Myth #3: Oily skin doesn’t need moisturizer
You might think moisturizing oily skin will do more harm than good, but in most cases the reverse is true. In fact, the sebaceous glands might end up producing excess oil because of dehydrated skin. Further, people with oily skin tend to use harsh, drying products (for example, ones that include alcohol) that again trigger oil production. By moisturizing the skin, you’ll replenish its water supply and seal it in for lasting hydration.
For a lightweight moisturizer, we recommend products that contain jojoba as it mimics sebum and regulates oil production. A holistic solution can get to the root of your skin problem.
Now that you’re aware of a few popular myths, go forth and spread your knowledge! Most importantly, use science-backed methods to create a skin care routine that cleanses, hydrates, and protects the skin. Trends come and go, but your shine doesn’t have to.
At Yellow Beauty, we’re here to help you glow. Our natural skin care products— from cleansers to face masks— are designed to be kind to your skin and the planet. We use wholesome ingredients that have been in style for centuries.
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