Skincare misconceptions: it's about time we solved them!

Skincare misconceptions: it's about time we solved them!

Remember the classic TV show, X-Files, that taught us that "the truth is out there"? same thing, but applied to skincare.

Everywhere, people are always repeating things they heard or that some “doctor friend” told them, but these things aren’t always reliable. So, here’s a list of the most common misconceptions (and the truth about them).

'Can I use his razor?'

Can I use his razor?

There’s nothing wrong with using his razor, bear in mind that it will always be better if you use your own one because a dull razor can cause nicks. If in a hurry, go ahead and use it.

Women and men deodorants and antiperspirants

Deodorants have the same formula, they just change the fragrance.

They’re totally interchangeable, antiperspirants and deodorants contain the same ingredients for both men and women. The only difference is their fragrance. If you don't mind the smell, it’s ok.

Stretch marks and lotions

There’s this belief that there are some magical creams, oils, and lotions that say they can prevent stretch marks, but that’s not true. The actual truth is that stretch marks are caused by rapid weight gain or weight loss. Some women don't get stretch marks because their skin reacts well to expansion. Others get stretch marks because genetically, their skin does not. However, you can treat them, but not prevent them.

Are skin problems derived from lack of washing?

Washing your face too much can actually cause problems!

False. Acne, rosacea, scars from pimples, or even blackheads do not appear because you are not washing your skin enough. In fact, it is the other way around, because over-cleansing your skin can be what's causing the problem in the first place.  

Drinking plenty of water keeps your skin moist?

Drinking water is vital, but it doesn't make your skin moist!

Wrong. No matter how many people have said this, it is not true. Drinking water is vital and it is, of course, good for your insides, keeps you hydrated and away from sugary soft drinks that are full of empty calories and too much sugar, but NOT for your skin.

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