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wash away skincare myths

The skin is your body’s largest organ, so it’s no wonder there is such an abundance of products and advice available to help keep it in top form. While many products and practices are touted as being “the best” for your skin, the truth is, when it comes to skincare there are often more myths than facts. The wise consumer should know how to separate fact from fiction. So put your best face forward -- and learn the truth about healthy skincare.

MYTH: Skin is protected from the sun when you use a product with a high sun protection factor (SPF).

FACT: Some SPF products only block against one type of UV ray, generally UVB, or the rays that cause sunburns. In reality, the sun showers us with UVA, UVB, and UVC rays. UVA rays, which have an aging effect, penetrate into the lower layers of the skin and should be protected

against as well. That means you should look for a sunscreen that is clearly labeled “broad spectrum,” not just ones with a high SPF number.

MYTH: Deep scrubbing of your complexion prevents breakouts.


Cleansing with harsh soaps or exfoliating scrubs can

strip the skin of vital natural oils and compromise its protective barrier. Harsh and frequent, more than twice a day, cleansing can trick the skin into producing more oil and compound breakout problems. Scrubbing can also lead to skin sensitivity or rashes.

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