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5 Biggest Skin Care Myths

We clear up misconceptions to boost your skin IQ

You know that too much sun and smoking can harm your skin, but you can do more to keep skin healthy than just avoiding risk factors. Here’s a smart move –  consult an expert.

Why you need a professional skin evaluation

Marnie Godfrey, BS, Manager of Aesthetic Services at Cleveland Clinic’s Dermatology & Plastic Surgery Institute, says a professional skin evaluation bridges the gap between beauty and science and helps educate patients about the best ways to care for their skin.

“We find out why patients are concerned about their skin and what they’ve done in the past to treat it,” Ms. Godfrey says. “After a careful evaluation, we come up with a personalized plan that works with their lifestyle and level of commitment. We can help correct skin, prevent further damage and slow down the aging process.”

Even previous skin damage can be corrected, thanks to new product technologies and medical-grade skin care.

“While genetics plays a big role in the skin’s appearance as we age, environmental factors including smoking and exposure to outside elements such as sun, wind and temperature can impact our skin tremendously,” Ms. Godfrey says. “Today, there are new ingredients that can actually repair our skin’s DNA, lessen inflammation and are multi-functioning.”

To boost your skin IQ, Ms. Godfrey debunks five common skin misconceptions:

Myth #1: There’s no difference between over-the-counter products and medical skin care products

Fact: Medical-grade skin care products contain higher levels of active ingredients, so you’ll see better results faster. A professional consultation provides a custom skin care regimen tailored specifically for you. Over-the-counter products are made for all types of skin, and manufacturers use lower levels of active ingredients to minimize any adverse reactions.

Myth #2: Traditional skin care is best: You must cleanse-tone-moisturize

Fact: Using a pH balanced cleanser may mean you can skip toning and moisturizing. The right cleanser will not leave dirt, oil or makeup residue on the skin or make it feel tight or dry after washing. And healthy, pH balanced skin will make its own moisture. Be careful with moisturizers, which sit on top of skin and can act like glue. Look for products that actually treat your skin rather than making it feel moisturized.

Myth #3: Your skin type never changes

Fact: Your skin type changes throughout your life because of seasonal, hormonal and environmental factors. Most women have skin that’s a combination of different levels of oily and dry. The onset of adult acne is an example of changing skin type.

Myth #4: Daily sun protection isn’t necessary, especially in the Midwest and Northeast

Fact: If you’re in the sun longer than 15 minutes total during the day, you should wear sunscreen every day. UVA rays penetrate glass, so if you’re by a window or in a car, the sun will harm your skin.

Myth #5: My makeup has an SPF, so I don’t need to wear sunscreen

Fact: SPF only relates to UVB rays that affect the top layers of skin, causing redness and burning. UVA rays (used in tanning beds) cause deeper radiation damage, including wrinkles and other signs of aging. Look for makeup that blocks both UVA and UVB rays, or use a separate sunscreen to prevent damage.

Tags: anti-aging, Catalyst, myths, skin care, sunscreen
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  • Guest

    Interesting about myth #2. Are there any good cleansers you would recommend?

    • WaterDropz

      I am curious, too. For so long, I read so many things that drilled the idea of moisturizing the face as a necessity. Most all facial cleansers I have used leave my skin dry and in need of moisturizing. The only one that does not is liquid Cetaphil, which leaves my face filmy and far too oily (I tried it for about 2 months, and gave up after I developed acne). I’m currently using a light noncomedogenic moisturizer with spf, but I’m not 100% happy.

      Any opinions on the homemade oatmeal washes that are popular online?

    • Tomi

      I would be interested in a cleanser and moisturizer. .so far Ceravae has been working for me they have a cleanser and moisturizer but it’s the first time I have ever practically used the whole bottle…it is a drug store..grocery store item…The moisture lotion is good for awhile but not all day..sick of my bathroom looking like a cosmetic/skin care aisle

  • Jerry

    Why would you recommend a Sunscreen when we need all the Vitamin D we can get?

    • mulberry204

      I think you only need 20 minutes total a week of vitamin D.
      Last year I developed a large squamous skin cancer (years of sailing). This year I had a biopsy of my lip. I see the doctor Tuesday. I recommend SPF lip balm as well as body protection.

    • purple_turtle

      Because skin cancer is worse than a vitamin D deficiency?

    • queenofdesserts

      You can get vitamin D from a pill. purple_turtle is spot on.

    • OncologyNurse

      5 or 10 minutes of sun is all you need for vitamin D. They are saying if you get more than 15 minutes a day to wear sunscreen. Trust me, skin cancer is much worse than having to take a vitamin supplement.

      • gla1946

        Most people have low levels of Vit. D when tested and the best way to get the Very Important vit. is from the Sun not a Supplement!

  • queenofdesserts

    Me too. Plz give an example of a pH balanced cleanser from the drug store – it washes off.

  • Jerry

    The Sun is very good for you. Have your Vitamin D Level checked and you will see why.