Skin care is extremely complex for one main (and obvious) reason: everyone has different skin! What works for you may not work for someone else, and so on. This goes for products, services, sun exposure, skin routine, dermatologist recommendations and more. Because of all of these variables, it’s pretty easy to debunk the many skin care myths we’ve heard over the years. To make it official, we collaborated with Booksy provider and skin care expert Ralph Cole out of Durham, North Carolina. Here are his top 3 skin care myths debunked.
Skin Care Myth #1: “Black Don’t Crack”
Ralph is referencing the popular saying that also doubles as a myth: black skin doesn’t age. “If you don’t take care of your black, it will crack,” he says, debunking the myth right off the bat. He says like anyone else, you can delay the onset of wrinkles and “cracks” by deliberately taking care of your skin. Having a special skin care routine for the morning and night, and sticking to it everyday is the only way to really keep youthful skin intact. This is similar to thoughts around sunscreen. Just because you may not burn as easily, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wear sunscreen. The rays from the sun are harmful to any skin it gets its “hands” on.
Skin Care Myth #2: Oily Skin Doesn’t Need Moisturizer
Contrary to popular belief, moisturizer does not add water to your skin. It helps to hold the water in the outer layer of your skin to keep it moisturized, which everyone needs no matter the status of your skin. You may have also noticed that certain moisturizers are labeled for certain skin types, like dry or oily. Opt for one of those and don’t stop moisturizing! Ralph also recommends to continue cleansing, and moisturize right after. He also adds “Oily skin is a sign of dehydration and being prone to acne.” Your water intake every day seriously affects your skin, so be sure to drink up. Especially because of the potential of being acne prone, this is not the time to ignore your skin needs!
Skin Care Myth #3: A Chemical Peel Will Solve All Your Skin Problems
If one skin care service solved all of your skin’s issues, why isn’t everyone doing it? A chemical peel can certainly help the quality of your skin, but like we said in the beginning, not everything works for everyone. Ralph mentions other high-end services like derma-planing and microdermabrasion just to name a few. He also says, “At least 70% of your skin care results stem from your skin care routine that you do at home, each and every day.” Flawless skin doesn’t come without hard work! Think of these services as supplemental to your routine. Compare it to going to the gym. If you go to the gym once a week for an hour, you’re likely not going to see results. If you go every day for 20-30 minutes, you’ll start to gradually see results and become more fit. Same with skin care. Don’t rely on visits to your local esthetician or dermatologist to keep your skin on track. Your skin, your responsibility!
There you have it—3 skin care myths debunked by a professional! Don’t judge it until you’ve tried it or gotten an expert’s opinion who knows your skin. The internet knows a lot, but has never analyzed your skin or your routine. Book a consultation with a beauty professional near you on Booksy to hear more skin care truths and achieve the beautiful skin you’ve always wanted.