5 Biggest Skin Care Myths

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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.