Even if you have ditched the cigarettes and put on the right amount of SPF, do you really think you have all the skincare rules down? We've busted some of the biggest skincare myths out there; it might just make you reconsider what you think you know when it comes to your skincare regime.
"You don't need SPF when it isn't sunny."
FALSE: If you only apply SPF during the hotter months, you're doing your skin a serious disservice. Sun damage is one of the fastest ways to prematurely age your skin. If you want to keep fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots at bay for longer, apply SPF all year 'round. Even when it's cloudy, the sun can penetrate through. UV rays also reflect off many surfaces including windows, mirrors and even snow. Opt for SPF 30 on your face for solid protection.
"All skin ages the same."
FALSE: Just as different skin types require different products, all skin types age differently too. While oily-skin can be troublesome throughout your younger years, the oils actually help to moisturize the skin protecting it from signs of aging. Dry skins tend to show fine lines sooner so it's important to hydrate skin properly with serums and moisturizers formulated for dry skin types. Look out for products containing hyaluronic acid, a molecule that attracts water helping to lock in moisture
"Good skincare can reduce signs of aging."
TRUE: The earlier in life you begin a regular skin care routine of cleansing, toning and moisturizing, the better your skin will age. However, your general health and well being also plays an important role. Good circulation is important in keeping your skin looking radiant and bright. Early treatment of high blood pressure can help to prevent damage and improve the overall appearance of your complexion.
"I have dark skin. I can't sunburn."
FALSE: While it is true that those with fairer complexions burn faster in the sun, it is possible for all skin types to burn. People of color are often diagnosed with skin cancer in later life thanks to this myth, so it's important for everyone, no matter what skin color, to wear SPF.
"If my products don't work right away I should try something else."
FALSE: It can be discouraging when you don't see immediate results from your skincare products but it's rare to see the benefits until after at least a months time. While you should discontinue using a product if you have a reaction, you should be patient if you simply haven't seen an improvement. Both anti-acne and anti-aging products can take up to three months before you see results so do persevere but trying something else.