Woman Using Face WashSkincare has been the buzz lately. With social media plastering the perfect, flawless, makeup-less skin of celebrities online, and beauty experts saying that poreless skin is the perfect canvas for makeup, everyone is determined to board the bandwagon of faithfully caring for their skin. But, beware. While there is a lot of helpful skin care information online, there is also an abundance of inaccuracies out there. Here are just some of them:

Myth # 1: The more frequent and harder you wash (or exfoliate) your face, the cleaner it gets

Some people believe that the key to cleaning the face thoroughly is to wash it hard, especially when you’re trying to remove makeup. You don’t want to leave any residue, right? But overdoing this can remove protective oils which serve as natural barriers on the face.  This may backfire on your desire to have a clean face, as over-scrubbing may result in rashes and sometimes, burns. Be gentle to your skin. Use a cleanser to clear the face.  Dermatology clinics in Salem could help you put together a skin cleansing regimen that is just right for you.

Additionally, washing your face more than twice a day can cause irritation, which then leads to too much oil produced in the face. Again, this isn’t the ‘clean’ face you want, right?

Myth #2: If you have oily skin, forget the moisturizer

This is simply not true. The cleansers you use to remove natural oils from your skin, so you should be able to cover for that loss and apply a light, protective layer of moisturizer suited to your skin type. Also, if you allow your skin to dry out, it only ends up overcompensating and producing even more oil, only compounding the problem of oily skin.

So, regardless of your skin type, you need a moisturizer. It makes your skin look more radiant and supple, as well as – ironically enough – helps to control oil levels.

Myth #3: Wear sunscreens only when going outdoors

Sunscreens are the holy grail of skin care. But some people believe that it’s okay to skip this step in their routine when they’re only staying at home. The truth is, sun damage can happen indoors. UV radiation can enter the home through windows or may bounce off from the glass in your home. That’s why it’s important to have protection – always.

Remember to check the SPF of your sunscreen. It should offer protection from both UVA and UVB rays.

Skincare is the in thing right now, but make sure you’ve got the facts straight. Nothing’s more frustrating than religiously following a routine for years, and discovering that it did not do you any good, anyway.