There are lots of skin care myths and untruths, so let’s decode and debunk them. Skin care is one of the most important things to a woman, so we don’t want to mess around when it comes to our skin. Check out some of these common skin care myths below.

All wrinkles are formed by the age of 25

This is one of the skin care myths I really wish were true! Unfortunately, there are other things we do that can affect our skin and cause wrinkles later in life. For example, sun exposure, certain facial expressions and other lifestyle choices can affect the way our skin looks. The main cause of wrinkles is due to a loss of collagen, and while our bodies produce less collagen as we get older, this isn’t this only the factor in the formation of wrinkles.

The higher the SPF in your sunscreen the better

I can see why many people would believe this skin myth because it sounds reasonable. But, higher SPF doesn’t equal better protection for our skin. There are 3 different types of ultraviolet rays, with UVA and UVB being the most significant regarding our skin care and health. The SPF in most sunscreens refers to the amount of protection it offers from UVB rays and sunburns. So, sunscreens that offer broad spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB rays with an SPF of at least 15 are the best.

Dry skin causes wrinkles

As we learned previously, wrinkles are caused by a decrease of collagen production in our skin and not necessarily our skin type. Using a moisturiser can help our skin look a little smoother and more moisturised, but in the end no amount of moisturiser can prevent wrinkles from forming or decrease them in any way. Moisturising is an important part of your skin care routine but in order to prevent and treat wrinkles, cream is not the way to go.

You only need sunscreen when you’re in the sun

It sounds sensible to only wear sunscreen when you’re going to be outside for long periods or when it’s super sunny and hot, but that’s not the case! Wearing sunscreen is an all-day, every-day type of thing because ultraviolet rays can reach our skin even on the cloudiest of days. Facial sunscreen doesn’t have to be thick; there are lots of lightweight sunscreens for your face that feel just like a face cream.

Our pores open and close

I always believed that our pores had the ability to open and close, or at least I wanted to believe that they did! However, our pores are always open in order to allow us to sweat. The only time pores appear to be closed is when they’re full of sebum or oil and they get clogged. Use steam to help soften the oils in clogged pores, but they don’t have any muscles so they can’t close!

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