There is some really bad skin advice out there. Even some things that you may have heard or seen many times are nothing more than myths with no basis in reality. Here are some top skin care myths along with suggestions that really do work.
1. Myth: Dry brushing the skin reduces cellulite.
In fact, very few treatments can reduce cellulite long term, since it is made up of fat globules within the skin. Some treatments cause temporary swelling in the skin, which may reduce the appearance of cellulite, but nothing helps permanently, including dry brushing.
2. Myth: Dirt, chocolate, and greasy food cause acne.
Acne is caused by too much sebum, which clogs pores. Dirt, food, and even bacteria are not directly causative of acne, although they can cause rashes and other skin problems. Following a good diet and using natural products may give your skin a healthier glow, however.
3. Myth: Skin should feel tight after washing.
If your skin does feel tight, it may mean that your cleanser is too harsh or is stripping away healthy oils. Skin may initially feel good, but will later feel dry and may even flake or peel. Using a gentle, alcohol-free cleanser with a moisturizer will give skin a better balance.
4. Myth: You don't need sunblock after age 40.
This myth comes from the mistaken belief that the majority of sun damage occurs by age 18, which is also a myth. Photo-aging can happen at any age, and the free radicals that UV rays cause can be unleashed at any age. Even more important, sun damage can actually be healed with the help of vitamin C and retinol products, so continuing to protect your skin can help you look younger long after age 40.
5. How your mom aged, you will age.
Different habits can have a profound impact on how skin ages. Everything from facial expressions to sun exposure can affect the aging process, so take the best care you can of your skin, no matter how quickly or slowly your mother's skin aged.
6. Exercising your face will prevent wrinkles.
When it comes to skin tightness, exercising facial muscles has little to do with preventing wrinkles. In fact, repetitively making certain facial expressions can actually contribute to wrinkles by working the same muscles over and over again.
7. Microdermabrasion and facials are beneficial to skin.
Contrary to popular belief, both microdermabrasion and facials make skin more prone to acne, breakouts, and sun damage by stripping off the protective top layer of skin and its oils. The skin underneath is then more vulnerable to damage. Microdermabrasion, in particular, can lead to sun damage if users don't wear protective clothing and sunscreen for some time after the procedure.
Noni: A Healthy Alternative
Noni is a natural fruit extract that has been shown to reduce redness, acne, and other skin problems without stripping away natural skin protections. Noni's vitamins and antioxidants nourish skin rather than damage it, allowing skin to heal and improve. Biconi face products all contain noni and avoid harmful chemicals that can damage delicate skin.