Five skincare myths you probably still believe… but shouldn't.
Let’s set the record straight.
At some point, we all turn to Dr. Google for health information. But for all the good, research-backed resources you can find on the internet, there’s also a ton of conflicting, not-so-scientific stuff out there. So how do you tell fact from fiction? We’ve got you covered. Here, we clear up five common skin care myths.
Skincare Myth #1: The higher the SPF, the better the sun protection.
The Truth: While SPF30 has been shown to block out roughly 97 percent of all UVB radiation, providing a greater benefit than sunscreens with less coverage, research has shown that beyond SPF30, the benefits are minimal. (SPF50, for instance, blocks out 98 percent of UVB, which is only a one percent difference.) What matters more? Making sure you reapply sunscreen regularly and seek shade when necessary.
SkincareMyth #2: People with oily skin don’t need to moisturize.
The Truth: You do! After washing your face, you need to replenish the moisture lost during the face cleansing process. When your skin is dehydrated, your body produces even more oil as a way to maintain moisture. Opt for an oil-free moisturizer to help reduce shine.
Skincare Myth #3: You don’t need a night cream.
The Truth: Well, yes, you do need a night cream. Why? During the day, you’ll want to focus on protecting the skin (hello, sunscreen again!) and using lighter skin products that are easy to layer under makeup. But in the evening, you should turn your attention to products that help restore and rejuvenate—slathering on a heavier, moisture-rich cream before bed allows your products to work hard while you sleep. Plus, some night creams include retinol, a vitamin A derivative that minimizes wrinkles but doesn’t work well during the day since it’s deactivated by the sun. SeeMe Beauty Sweet Dreams Night Cream contains hyaluronic acid and glycerin to help keep your skin hydrated and looking plump come morning, as well as the SeeMe Complex with artichoke extract, which performs overall as well as cosmetic retinol with less irritation on mature skin.
Skincare Myth #4: Splashing your face with cold water shrinks your pores.
The Truth: Actually, cold water on your face may give the appearance of shrinking your pores, which is why you might be fooled. But it does nothing to reduce the actual size of your pores.
Skincare Myth #5: Sleeping in your makeup occasionally is really no big deal.
The Truth: Do. Not. Do. It. When you sleep in your makeup, your products can mix with the dirt and oils that have accumulated on your face throughout the day, creating build-up that’s more likely to clog pores and trigger breakouts. Bottom line: If you want a fresh face in the morning, lie down with a fresh (well moisturized) face at night!