Skincare is a science in itself: cleansing, moisturizing, anti-aging and sun protection are just a few of the areas where new information and studies seem to be constantly being published. The topic can therefore quickly seem complex and misunderstood. There are also half-truths that persist online and in people's minds. Here's a look at the big skincare myths that are as common as they are false.
Nourishing ingredients work better at night
Skin care myth number 1: When your body is at rest - for example when you are asleep - your skin can regenerate faster and better.
In fact, your body uses sleep for various regeneration processes. Studies show, however, that your skin is best renewed when blood circulation is stimulated and there is an optimal supply of oxygen. This is the case during the day when you exercise a lot in the fresh air. This promotes cell renewal and accelerates maintenance and healing processes.
So you can confidently use your skin care products when they fit best into your daily routine. Your skin benefits from high-quality ingredients at all times.
The higher the sun protection factor, the better
Skincare Mythos Number 2: An extremely high sun protection factor protects better against the sun's rays.
This skincare myth is only partially wrong. Of course, you should prefer a sun protection factor of 30 or 50 to a sun protection factor of 15. In recent years, however, sunscreens with a sun protection factor of 70 or even 100 have become increasingly popular. Even when applied generously, SPF 100 only blocks 3% more UV rays than SPF 30.
An extremely high sun protection factor also quickly leads to sunbathers wearing less sunscreen. After all, they feel safe because of the high number promised and trust in a better effect. However, it is precisely this that is significantly reduced if too little sun protection is used. This means that an SPF 30 or 50 is quite sufficient - as long as a sufficient amount of the product is used.
Lots of water helps with dry skin
Skincare Mythos Number 3: We all know them, the interviews in which models with perfect skin swear by water as a panacea. The human body consists mainly of water and needs it for a variety of processes. So drinking a lot is healthy and good for you and your health. However, studies have shown that simply drinking water improves dry skin little or not at all. Of course, you should still not fall below the recommended daily dose of two to three liters. But if you try to improve the moisture level of your skin by consuming as much liquid as possible, you can safely do without it.
Incidentally, it does not help alone to moisten your face several times a day. If the water evaporates, it can dry out your skin even more. Instead, you should care for your skin with ingredients such as niacinamide, hyaluronic acid or oils to retain moisture in the long term.
Oily skin should not be encouraged even with moisturizing products
Skincare Mythos Number 4: Moisturizing skin care products promote oily skin and should therefore not be used on already oily skin.
Your skin needs moisture in order to shine - no matter what skin type you have. If you wash your face excessively with aggressive cleansing substances, it can even boost oil production. Frequent washing damages the skin barrier and makes it easier for pathogens to penetrate. It is therefore better to use mild washing lotions and moisturizing products that do not weigh you down.