5 Skin Care Myths Debunked

5 Skin Care Myths Debunked

There’s a lot of information on the subject of skin care but not all of it is correct. Not having the right information can be detrimental to your skin and result in issues such as dryness, oiliness or damage. We’re looking at five popular myths that you definitely shouldn’t fall for. Find out the truth below as we debunk some misconceptions about skin care.


1. You Can Never Apply Too Much Moisturizer

You should apply moisturizer to your skin every day to ensure that it’s properly hydrated and its barrier function is working well. However it is possible to have too much of a good thing — you can apply too much moisturizer. “More is not always better,” says board-certified Garnier consulting dermatologist Dr. Diane Madfes. “There is a point if you apply too thick of a layer, it won’t be absorbed. Normally apply to each cheek, forehead, chin and nose, a pea-sized amount.” Regularly using too much moisturizer on your skin can cause it to become “lazy.” When skin is overloaded with moisturizer, it stops hydrating itself properly.


2. SPF Stays On All Day

Many SPF products state that they are water resistant which some people confuse for having the ability to stay on all day, even if the product clearly states to re-apply throughout the day. After swimming, exercising or sweating, SPF becomes less effective and can sometimes wash off altogether. Always re-apply SPF throughout the day to ensure your skin is always being protected from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Not using enough SPF or not re-applying can result in sunburns and damage that will age your skin prematurely. A great way to protect your skin is by using a daily moisturizer with a high SPF such as Garnier SkinActive’s Clearly Brighter Anti-Sun Damage Daily Moisturizer SPF 30. It shields your skin from sun damage and also helps fade the appearance of dark spots over time to give you a more luminous complexion.


3. Don’t Exfoliate If You Have Dry Skin

Dry skin needs extra TLC and a grainy scrub can seem somewhat harsh on already delicate skin. Nevertheless, you shouldn’t avoid exfoliating because you have dry skin. Exfoliating can help remove dead skin cells and refresh your surface skin cell layer which makes it more receptive to products such as moisturizers or serums. Use a gentle scrub once a week to refresh your skin and prime it for moisture. Garnier SkinActive’s Clean + Invigorating Daily Scrub formulated with jojoba beads deeply cleanses and polishes to refine pores yet is gentle on skin.


4. Cleansing Skin Once A Day Is Enough

You should apply moisturizer to your skin every day to ensure that it’s properly hydrated and its barrier function is working well. However it is possible to have too much of a good thing — you can apply too much moisturizer. “More is not always better,” says board-certified Garnier consulting dermatologist Dr. Diane Madfes. “There is a point if you apply too thick of a layer, it won’t be absorbed. Normally apply to each cheek, forehead, chin and nose, a pea-sized amount.” Regularly using too much moisturizer on your skin can cause it to become “lazy.” When skin is overloaded with moisturizer, it stops hydrating itself properly.


5. Expensive Products Are Better Than Cheap Ones

When it comes to skin care you don’t always need to spend a lot to get an effective product. What you need to look for is a product formulated with antioxidants, acids or enzymes and can help improve the appearance of your skin. You can find these types of product at the drugstore and you don’t need to shell out a ton of money for them. Find the right products for your skin type and be diligent about practicing good skin care habits — you can do this on a budget.