10 Skincare Myths

10 Skincare Myths - Zafra

Today, we're debunking the most widely believed skincare myths. What's fact and what's fiction? It's been a long time coming and finally, you’ll know the truth! P.S. You're welcome!

Oily foods are the root of all your acne 

Experts say that there is no correlation between your favorite fries (and any other fried food for that matter) and your breakouts. It's actually the dairy you should be cutting from your diet, especially when you begin to see a pattern of breakouts on your chin and jawline. 

It's okay to sleep with your makeup on--err, sometimes 

No, girlfriend! This is a regimen that is non-negotiable. Tired or not, do not ever go to bed without removing your makeup. Overnight, your makeup can mix with the dirt and oil that have built up on the surface of your skin throughout the day, leading to clogged pores and breakouts! If a long regimen is too much for you, you can opt for a no-rinse remover like micellar water or towelettes!

It's good to over wash your face 

What if you're the type who loves washing your face? It's no good either. Over-washing can lead to dryness, sensitivity and irritation, so one good cleansing after waking up and one before going to bed is more than enough. Choose natural and organic cleansers to avoid stripping your skin of its natural oils, and remember not to rub your skin too harshly whenever you're washing.    

Blame genetics for early signs of wrinkles 

Take it from the skin experts--good genes definitely play a role in certain characteristics your skin inherits but only 30% of aging is genetics and the 70% is up to you. This means that the anti-aging creams you were skeptical about? Can actually work! Couple that with a religious skincare regimen and some self-care, and you'll be preserving that youthful look many years down the line.

Facial exercises tighten the face

Notice how some people like to give move and stretch their face. "It keeps my face firm," they would say. The thing is, it actually does the opposite. Creasing and flexing your facial skin can practically encourage the formation of wrinkles. 

Skip the sunscreen when no sun is in sight 

On a typical sunny day, it's automatic for the sunscreen to be on top of your priority list. What if it's cloudy outside? It turns out that you should wear broad-spectrum SPF every day—even when the skies are gray! No matter the season, skipping the sun protection whenever you're outdoors can lead to skin damage and cause visible signs of aging like wrinkles and dark spots. 

Higher SPF can give you better sun coverage 
Speaking of sunscreens, it's about time we settle the debate about the right SPF level once and for all. You'd think that a higher SPF can put you more at ease, but it actually doesn't matter. Experts generally recommend using a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, which is more than enough to block out 97% of UVB radiation.

Your skin loves hot showers 

It's one of the most relaxing things you can reward yourself with after a long day. Be careful though, too much hot water can strip your skin of essential oils, leaving it feeling dry. Turn down the temperature and opt for lukewarm water instead. 

Moisturizers aren't good for oily skin 

Why would you want to moisturize when your face already feels greasy as it is? We hear that sentiment loud and clear. However, skipping the moisturizer in your regimen can cause your oil glands to go into overdrive to compensate for your dry skin. Does it make sense now why you're always oily even when you don't put in the moisture?

The more expensive and complex the skincare ingredients are, the better

Is it a cause to celebrate whenever you see a mile-long list of ingredients on a skincare product? You're probably thinking, more ingredients means more elements to aid your skin concerns. What you might overlook is the fact that many of those ingredients actually do little to no good for you or your skin. For times like this, what you need is a product with key ingredients that effectively target your issues, even if these ingredients can be counted on one hand. Best of all, they're not necessarily expensive!  

Is this too good to be true? Trust us, this isn't a myth. Browse on our featured skincare products, and experience the wonders of simple natural and organic skincare for yourself!