Common Myths About Skin Care

Even for the most ardent of skincare enthusiasts, there are always some myths that seem to swirl around the best way to care for our skin. Test your knowledge on the right way to show your skin some love with these common myths surrounding good skin care practices.

Myth #1: You can never wash your face too much                     

For oily faces in particular, it can seem like your face never stays shine-free. If you’re over-washing your face, you may actually be making matters worse. Washing your face too often strips away important natural oils from your face, causing it to dry out and produce more oil in response. Furthermore, over washing and over exfoliating can leave skin dry and vulnerable to damage from the elements. Instead, switch to a sulfate-free cleanser and stick to washing just twice a day – once in the morning and once before bed.

Myth #2: You don’t need sunscreen if your make-up has SPF in it

Even if your foundation boasts a high SPF, it still may not be enough to protect your skin from all UV rays.  The amount of coverage make-up provides is not sufficient. This can leave you at risk of sunburn, premature aging, and even malignant mole development. Instead, play it safe by investing in a high SPF and broad-spectrum sunscreen when heading outside and be sure to reapply often if you’re headed near water or getting sweaty.

Myth #3: You don’t need anti-aging care unless you’re already showing your first wrinkle

While it can be tough to come to terms with, we’re constantly in a state of aging. Even if wrinkles seemingly appear overnight, they often start developing around our mid-to-late twenties. With that in mind, getting ahead of fine lines and ultimately wrinkles is the best way to keep your youthful looks and postpone the process of looking older. At Etre, we recommend starting the dialogue early on – around 25 – to begin adding anti-aging products into your routine and maximize their effectiveness.

Myth #4: Poor diets influence acne

While too much junk food isn’t correlated to outbreaks of acne, what you eat does play a role in your skin’s health and your overall wellbeing. Eating a balanced diet rich in important micro and macronutrients can put you on the path to beautiful, healthy skin that lasts. Likewise, drinking plenty of water can keep delicate skin hydrated and glowing.

Myth #5: You only need one skincare routine. Ever.

Your skin’s needs can change over time.   As we age, skin requires different treatment protocols depending on the person.  Younger patients need to work on preserving collagen and prevention of sun damage.  As we age, different needs such as skin tightening, brightening, and water loss become increasingly important.  At Etre, we recommend reviewing your skin care regimen every year or so.

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False! Scheduling biannual appointments with your dermatologist is another important step in self-care and maintaining your overall wellbeing. Whether it is your first time with our team or you’ve been part of the Etre family for years, we look forward to seeing you and helping you find the right care for your skin’s needs.

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