13 Amazing Facts About Skincare
There are many skincare dos and don’ts, but following all of this supposedly sound advice may do more harm than good. Here are some interesting facts:
- We’ve all heard hot water opens pores and cold water closes them. Many skin care products claim to open and cleanse pores. This is just not true. Skin’s openings do not change in size or operate like a door that opens and closes. Hot water loosens hardened dirt, oil and makeup within pores, allowing for better cleansing. But be careful. Washing your face with too-hot water can strip skin of natural oils and possibly lead to irritation and dryness.
- Greasy foods and chocolate do not cause breakouts. Some of this false information may be related to hormonal changes. Ladies, let’s face it. When our hormones are out of whack, we do want chocolate and other binge foods! That’s not to say food has no connection to skin problems. If you have problems with acne or pimples avoid foods high in carbohydrates and dairy. These are more likely to cause skin breakouts.
- Good skin is not always genetic. Just because mom’s skin was flawless, does not mean yours will be. It is all about how you take care of your skin. If mom protected her skin from the sun, and you are all about tanning, your skin will have a tendency to wrinkle more.
- Your skin does absorb what you put on it. Your skin is the largest organ of your body and since it is porous, it absorbs whatever you put on it. A study published in the American Journal of Public Health looked into the skin's absorption rates of chemicals found in drinking water. It showed that the skin absorbed an average of 64% of total contaminant dosage. Go for natural and organic skin care. Read labels and be careful about what you put on your skin.
- Harsh scrubbing doesn’t keep pimples at bay. Oil overproduction, dead skin cells and bacterial growth cause acne. Excessive scrubbing dries out skin, which prompts extra oil production and more breakouts. Instead of harsh daily scrubbing, exfoliate your skin 1-3 times a week. When you have sudden breakouts, use a cleanser that is gentle, but contains acne fighting ingredients like tea tree oil.
- Should you use a different day time and night time moisturizer? Evening is primetime for your skin’s repairing process. If your skin is dry, try a cream containing peptides or Vitamin C Esters. If you use anti-aging products, apply those at night since they tend to be a little oilier. If your skin is oily, too much moisturizing can clog pores and result in acne.
- Lipids are natural fats that make your skin’s outer layer moist and healthy. Using harsh cosmetics with detergents and alcohol will deplete your natural lipids and dry your skin out. Oils naturally moisturize the skin and protect it from aging. A good natural moisturizer or Face Serum will help lessen the effects of aging.
- One in five Americans will develop skin cancer during the course of their lifetime. Daily use of an SPF 15 or higher sunscreen reduces the risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma by 40 percent, and reduces the risk of developing melanoma by 50 percent.
- Super-tight, dry skin isn't a sign your skin is clean. That feeling usually means that you've stripped your skin of important oils or haven't rinsed properly. Use a cleanser that is not harsh on your skin.
- Getting a good night’s sleep is good for your skin. Sleep is your skin's time to rejuvenate and relax. Whether you smile a lot or wear a constant frown, that's a lot of action for your skin to handle. Skin replenishes itself during a sound sleep.
- Water is like the fountain of youth for skin. It gets some water during showers and baths, but much of the water skin soaks up comes from the inside. The more water the better.
- Exercise is important for skin health. It can help flush out and fight acne. It can also aid skin by promoting toxin removal and decreasing signs of aging by boosting collagen production and diminishing wrinkles.
- Stress can wreak havoc on even the best skin, and it causes lots of other unpleasant effects on the body, too. Take some time for yourself. Rest, relax, and enjoy!