It can be challenging to decipher myths from truth, especially with the wealth of information that’s available these days. That’s why it’s always important to consult with a skincare specialist to get the most accurate (and beneficial) information pertaining to general skincare, as well as your particular skin type. But for now, we’re here to help clarify some of the most common skincare myths and which are important to remember and avoid.

You Only Need Sunscreen When the Suns Out

Regardless of what you read, even when it’s cloudy outside, the UV rays from the sun can still impact and damage your skin. You should be putting on sunscreen every day, even if it’s overcast outside. You should also remember to reapply every few hours to ensure you have adequate protection against skin cancer.

You Should Choose Skin Care Products Based on Age

Your age is not a skin type. If you’re 40 years old, you could still have the same skin type and concerns as someone half your age. Even people in their 20s can have problems with sun spots and wrinkles, and those in their 60s can experience clogged pores and acne. So when you see products targeted to a specific age group, just know that these are marketing tactics and not necessarily an accurate guideline for skincare.

Alcohol-Based Toners are Great for Your Skin

Even though skincare companies are still selling alcohol-based toners, it’s best to avoid these. Why? Because they strip your skin of its natural, nourishing moisture barrier which can leave your skin painfully dry. It’s best to switch to an oil-free moisturizer that can provide the hydration you need without clogging your pores.

The More Expensive the Product, the Better It Works

When you’re looking for a skincare product, you should be looking at the ingredients rather than the price. Expensive skin care products are only worth it if they offer superior quality ingredients. You should talk to your skin care specialist to see what they recommend and what ingredients to look out for.

You Don’t Need a Cleanser or Toner if You Don’t Wear Makeup

Cleanser and toner are essential when it comes to skincare. They ensure the chemical makeup of your skin remains balanced and does not become too dry or greasy.  Even if you don’t wear makeup, you should be using a mild cleanser to remove any excess oils and dirt, along with a toner to tighten your pores and restore the pH level of your skin. A good cleanser should be tailored to your particular skin type. And always use a moisturizer afterwards to replenish the natural oils and help rebuild the skin barrier which can become damaged by the sun and external pollutants.

Not sure what to believe when it comes to skincare myths? At the Ottawa Skin Care Clinic, our skincare specialists can answer any questions that you have and recommend the best treatment for your specific skin type. Contact us today to set up a consultation.