We read, see and hear common skincare misconceptions every single day––now more than ever in the era of online shopping and social media. While there are so many to choose from (and a few we’ve already touched on in the past!), there are 4 skincare misconceptions that seem to come around every summer season.
Let’s get down to the truth behind these 4 common summer skincare misconceptions:
#1: THE HIGHER THE SPF, THE LONGER YOU ARE PROTECTED FOR
We hate to break it to you, but regardless of the number on your bottle, if you’re exposed to the sun for a prolonged period of time––a higher SPF will not do the trick. A higher SPF number only tells you how long the sun's UV radiation would take to redden your skin when using the product exactly as directed versus the amount of time without any sunscreen.
Instead of focusing on the number, practice diligent application every single day––rain or shine—and reapply regularly throughout the day!
#2: PORES ARE SHRINKABLE
Many people feel their pores increase in size in the summer. Because heat increases perspiration and revs up the skin's sebum production, pores usually work a bit harder in the summer. However, they don’t necessarily change in size.
Pore treatment creams will help cut down on oil production for those with oily skin and products that contain salicylic acid or retinol, for example, will also mitigate oil production. The less oil a pore secretes, the smaller the pore needs to be. So in theory, the pore “shrinks”...but it doesn’t really.
Pore size can technically and only be minimized through Botox and the heat from laser treatments. However, “shrinking” your pores with over-the-counter treatments is mostly a marketing tactic.
#3: YOU CANNOT USE PRODUCTS ON YOUR FACE AFTER A FACIAL IN THE SUMMER
You can most definitely wear a little light moisturizer on your skin after a facial, especially if you have dry skin––even in the summer!
More importantly, do NOT use this myth as an excuse to not wear sunscreen after your treatment. It is crucial to protect your sensitive skin after any facial treatment, and it is also recommended to reach for brands and products that specialize in post-procedure care––such as the Colorescience Sunforgettable® Protection Face Shield SPF 50.
#4: MAKEUP WIPES AND SHEET MASKS AREN’T “GOOD” FOR YOUR SKIN
This is also entirely false; it all depends on how they are used!
Makeup wipes should not be used as a replacement for your cleanser. However, they can be the perfect option when you’re coming back from a night out, exhausted, and needing to take off a face full of makeup. They will help remove a layer of dirt and makeup, but you definitely should be following up with your regular cleansing routine.
Sheet masks have also gotten some bad rep in the past, but they are incredibly beneficial for those with very dry or sensitive skin. Those with oily skin or acne-prone skin may prefer avoiding sheet masks and opting for gel or clay ones instead, as a sheet mask may increase or trap bacteria on the surface of the skin.
Need any other misconceptions debunked? Send us a message or drop us a comment down below!
Until next time,
The BSE team