Misinformation is abound anywhere you look -- and skin care misinformation is not an exception. There are many skin care myths out there that can actually do some harm if followed. We will bust some of these myths, and hopefully, you'll be more informed about your skin care decisions in the future.
A healthy diet and 8 glasses of water a day will give you great skin.
While it is true that properly hydrating yourself and eating a healthy diet can possibly improve the condition of your skin, it is in no way a guarantee. There have been multiple studies that showed a link between acne and high glycemic foods; however, there has also been studies that showed no link between the two. In fact, the matter is still not completely settled to this day.
Having a healthy diet and hydrating yourself properly may be able to improve your skin’s condition, but don’t do it expecting to see guaranteed results of healthier skin. Simply eat healthier and drink more water because it’s good for your health!
Chocolate is bad for your skin
There is no evidence that the cocoa in chocolate is a culprit in breakouts. In fact, the idea that chocolate is bad for your skin comes from studies where high-glycemic foods were linked with acne. Most milk chocolate have a high glycemic index, meaning it quickly causes an insulin spike soon after consumption. Dark chocolate with a minimum cocoa content of 70%, on the other hand, is a completely different kind of chocolate. The anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory effects of eating dark chocolate can certainly improve your skin’s condition.
Sunscreen is unneeded on cloudy days or when standing in the shade.
Simply because it is a cloudy day or you’ll be in a shade all day long does not preclude you from sun damage. Even if the sun’s rays are blocked, it can still diffract off various objects and damage your skin. While it is true that you will not get as much sun damage on a cloudy day versus a sunny day, but ultimately, sun damage is cumulative. You do not get skin cancer from a single day in the sun without sunscreen, but rather the sun damage you accumulate over your lifetime. Make sure to protect your skin, even if the SPF is contained within your makeup, such as the Triple Protection BB Cream SPF30 / PA+++.
SPF 30 has double the protection of SPF 15.
Here are the facts: SPF 15 will block 93% of UVB rays, and SPF 30 will block 97%. And that is only for UVB rays. Sunlight contains three types of UV rays, A, B, and C. UVC rays are blocked by our atmosphere and never reaches the surface of the earth. UVB rays cause sunburn, and UVA rays penetrate more deeply into the skin to cause you to tan. However, the UVA rays can still cause skin cancer, so simply having UVB protection is not enough. When you get a sunscreen for daily use, make sure it is a “broad spectrum” sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB.
If your makeup contains SPF, there is no need to use extra sunscreen.
Connected with the previous myth that SPF 15 is twice as strong as SPF 30, while many make up products today are SPF 15 or 30, it again does not address the UVA rays that cause skin cancer. They will protect from sunburns from the UVB rays, but it will not protect against UVA rays unless it specifically states that it is “broad spectrum”. In addition, sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours in the sun, which is something you will not necessarily be able to do with SPF make up. You can use our Dr. IASO Sun Protection SPF 50+ / PA+++ to provide you with all the sun protection you need.
Age spots only show when you get older.
The fact is that “age spots” can form at any age. It is a misnomer perpetuated by the fact that most older people have them while many younger people do not. Freckles are essentially age spots, but we don’t go around mixing up age spots with freckles. In fact, age spots are simply the result of the accumulation of unprotected sun exposure. This is why we frequently see more fair skinned people with many more freckles than someone with darker skin – fair skin is not as good at protecting against sun exposure as darker skin. So even if you’re young, protect yourself against “age spots” by making sure to apply a broad spectrum sunscreen every time you venture outdoors. And if you do happen to have "age spots", even out the hyper-pigmentation using our Intensive Clear Booster.
Popping the pimple will heal it faster.
We understand; popping pimples to clear out the pus is a satisfying feeling, but you may be doing more harm than good by popping them prematurely. Many people do not realize how deeply a pimple penetrates through the skin. When you pop a pimple to squeeze the pus out, it is likely you’re not getting all of it – especially the pus deep inside the pore. And when you do not get all of it out, there is a good chance that another pimple will form soon after near the original pimple. So do yourself a favor; don’t pop those pimples and let them heal naturally! And if healing them naturally takes too long, put on a bit of the Dr. IASO AC Booster to help speed up the process.
Men should only use men’s products.
Yes, it is true that men’s skin is a bit different from women’s. Men’s skin is a bit thicker, and tends to be a bit oilier than women’s skin. However, you must keep in mind that just as there are many different products for the different types of skin for women, it is the same for men as well. There will be men who have thinner skin, and others with dry skin. Of course, there will be some women’s skin care products that men will not be able to use, but that does not mean men cannot use the others. Essentially, there are some intersecting women’s products that can be used by men and vice versa. In fact, many of the formulas for men’s products simply change the fragrance and bottle of a woman’s product to appeal more to men.
Moisturizer should not be used on oily skin.
Because your skin is oily does not mean your skin is hydrated. If you remember from science class, oil and water do not mix, so it makes sense that the oil on your skin will not keep your skin moisturized. What the oil on your skin actually does is help lock in the moisture in your skin, so if your skin didn’t have much moisture to begin with, it will stay that way even if your pores produce excess oil. In fact, if you use a strong cleanser and don’t apply a moisturizer afterwards, your skin will likely produce even more oil. So if you're having trouble with excess oil production, try out our Purifying Emulsion; it will control that sebum while simultaneously keeping your skin hydrated.
Eye creams should only be used by those in their 30s.
People tend to believe that eye creams are only necessarily once they start seeing age lines around their eyes. However, this is a mistake. It is far easier to prevent the lines from forming in the first place, than to make them disappear once they’ve already formed. And to prevent those age lines from forming in the first place, using eye creams such as our Total Eye Care Concentrate EX starting in your 20s will help significantly.
Wrong information is everywhere, so the best thing you can do is to verify any information you hear from trusted sources such as your doctor, dermatologist, or even Wikipedia. Learning and becoming knowledgeable with the facts is the best weapon you have for proper skin care.