Have you ever wondered if what you know about moisturizers is true? As most of us use skin care routines recommended by our mum’s (who grew up in different times), or from whatever commercial we just watched or magazine we just read, it isn’t surprising that most people don’t actually know how to take care of their skin.
We have been told so many contradictory things that we don’t even know the importance of moisturizers, especially face moisturizers. To help you get on and stay on the right track, we have compiled a list of common myths that could be depriving you of the young, vibrant, supple skin you desire.
#1 Only people with dry skin need to moisturize
Before we continue, we probably should ask if you even moisturize. As obvious as this might seem, a common myth is that moisturizer is only for dry skin. While the primary purpose of a moisturizer is to hydrate the skin, there are many other benefits.
Facial moisturizers help protect us from the adverse effects of our environment, such as pollution, stress, and fatigue. To get the most from it, look out for the best facial moisturizer for your skin type.
#2 Any cream will do
Face cream, body cream, hair cream, who cares? Okay, the last one was a joke (I hope), but this is a legitimate question. The number one deciding factor for the type of cream you should use is not the smell or the brand but for your skin type.
You should only ever use cream suited to your skin type. The labels on bottles indicating ‘dry,’ ‘oily’ or ‘normal’ are to be adhered to strictly. Different skin types absorb water differently, so each cream is specially formulated for a skin type.
You should also be aware that the skin on your face might be different from other parts of your body. In this case, you would need a facial moisturizer that is separate to your body cream. If you have the same skin type all over, consider yourself lucky.
#3 You only need one cream
Similar to the point above, another myth is that you can use the same moisturizer all year long. As the weather changes, so does your skin and so should your moisturizer. The nutrients your skin needs to be vibrant in summer are different from what it needs in winter.
Hot baths, low humidity, and indoor heating are all harsh on the skin, causing it to lose moisture. It is essential to use a moisturizer that can keep your skin hydrated when it is cold.
#4 Apply moisturizer to dry skin
Another common and dangerous myth is that you should wait until your body is completely dry before you moisturize. Moisturizer works best when it has moisture on the skin to work with. This is gotten from the water residue after your bath or shower.
When you come out of the bath or shower, you should pat your body down gently, then apply the body and face cream. The same is true during the day. You don’t have to wait until your skin is dry or flaky before you whip your lotion out your bag.
#5 Once you start you can never stop
The idea that skin can become reliant or addicted to moisturizer has been around for a long time. The proponents of this myth claim that skin begins to fall apart if you do not use a moisturizer every single day.
Actually, what happens is when you get used to your skin being silky smooth, you begin to feel uncomfortable when it isn’t. But then again, who would want to see their skin dry or dull all the time? It is only reasonable for you to want to continue a routine that works for you.
#6 Moisturizer with SPF is sufficient for summer
If this isn’t the worst myth of all, it is pretty close. While it is true that moisturizer with sunscreen will protect your skin, there is a limit to the type of heat it can handle. If you are going to be spending your summer days mostly indoors, then it is probably fine.
However, if you plan on going to the beach, park or anywhere else with prolonged sun-exposure, always use actual sunscreen as well. Part of what makes sunscreen so effective is that it is not absorbed into the skin, unlike moisturizer.