Bare-faced beauty is seriously trending right now, which means everyone’s paying extra attention to their skincare regime. But when it comes to skincare, there are so many myths that it can be hard to know what you should or shouldn’t be doing to your skin (this is what you SHOULD be doing!). A good skincare regime is all about finding the perfect balance of cleansing, exfoliating, hydrating, and protecting. So, we’re here to debunk three myths surrounding some of the most frequently targeted skincare issues; pores, oily skin, and the key to happy and healthy skin, aka hydration. Listen up guys, this is major:
MYTH 1: You can get rid of pores
Um, no, you can’t! After years of believing pore-shrinking products would make our pores disappear, and then the disappointment of applying ineffective pore-busting products with minimal results, we actually found some comfort in the fact that actually, you can’t ever get rid of your pores entirely. We spoke to New York-based dermatologist, Dr. Doris Day, who told us that with topical products, you can only slightly minimize the appearance of pores.
A pore is an opening of a hair follicle, but the hair is often so small it isn’t visible. However, due to the oil glands at the base of the follicle, it can become enlarged, causing your pores to grow, making them more noticeable. The original size of your pores is also determined by genetics and hormones – two factors that you don’t have any control over. All you can do is try and keep your pores as unclogged as possible and avoid squeezing them as this will only stretch them out. While no product can permanently shrink pores, there are some very effective products that do a great job of making them look smaller.
The best topical agent for making pores look less visible is the nightly use of topical retinoids or retinol, which are forms of vitamin A (a natural ingredient). Retinoids do two things: increase skin cell turnover, which helps improve the overall thickness of the skin, and they increase the purging of oily plugs from the pores – the less packed the pores are, the smaller they look. Salicylic acid is also an excellent ingredient as it exfoliates deep into the pores, which gets rid of dead skin cells that can make the pores appear larger.
Moral of the story, you can help to keep your pores at their smallest genetic size by keeping them as unclogged as possible, but you can’t make them any less visible than that. For our fav pore-MINIMIZING products, check out this post.
MYTH 2: Oily skin is hydrated
If there’s one beauty myth that we’re dedicated to debunking, it’s that if you have oily skin you don’t need to moisturize. This is sooo not true, and by skipping this fundamental skincare step you could be making your skin even oilier! If you deprive your skin of the hydration it needs, it will attempt to compensate for this lack of moisture and produce more oil. So even if your skin is hella oily, you should still moisturize twice a day, you just need to find the right moisturizer.
So, look for a lightweight, gel or water-based moisturizer that’s non-comedogenic, which means it won’t clog your pores. We love the new Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate, $39, as it’s non-acnegenic and oil-free so it’s perfect for oily skin. The Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel, $19, is also a good option, as it contains hyaluronic acid, which is mega hydrating, and it’s also non-comedogenic so it won’t block your pores.
MYTH 3: Drinking more water and washing your face more often will solve your skincare issues
This myth has quite a lot of controversy surrounding it, but the bottom line is, drinking water is not the ultimate skin fixing cure: it will not reduce the appearance of wrinkles and it can’t provide all the hydration that your skin needs. Drinking plenty of water is good for your health and your body, so if you’re not drinking enough, by drinking more water you will see an improvement in your skin. But, without the right topical treatments and a good skincare routine, your skin will still not be fully hydrated.
There’s actually very little research into the benefits of increased water intake on your skin. A study by the Division of Cosmetic Sciences tested the skin of people drinking more than two liters of water a day for two weeks, and found that in fact ‘skin surface morphology did not change.’ So, although the study found skin did change from consuming more water, it did not dramatically improve the skin enough to have any change on hydration or fine lines.
Washing your face too frequently can also be counterproductive, as you’re more likely to strip your skin of any natural oils that would have otherwise kept your skin plump and soft. You only need to wash your face in the morning and in the evening or after any intense exercise. We recommend simply using a cleanser that suits your skin type in the morning, and double cleansing in the evening, to ensure that any grime or makeup from the day is fully removed.
For more skincare moisturizing myths, check out this post. Let us know any other skin myths that you’ve heard and want to know the truth about in the comments below.