Skin care is a big topic and there are many myths that should be disclosed. Here are some of the myths and what is the real truth.
Myth: It's good when a product provides a tingling feeling.
Fact: This sense tells you that your skin is irritated and it is not good.
Myth: The skin adapts to products you use and eventually products will cease to work. Therefore, you should replace the products you use regularly.
Fact: Your skin cannot adapt to skincare products any more than your body adapts to a healthy diet.
This means that if, for example, spinach is healthy for you today, the spinach will continue to be healthy tomorrow, and spinach continues to be healthy even if you eat it every day. The same goes for your skin as long as what you use is healthy and good for your skin. Your skin will remain healthy. There is no point in switching from something that works and that is healthy for your skin.
Myth: The skin should feel tight after washing, that means it has been cleaned thoroughly.
Fact: A tight skin is a dry skin and it's not good.
Myth: If a product does not work quickly, move on to another product.
Fact: It often takes 8-10 weeks before you can see real results of the product you use.
It is important to stick to a skincare routine and product long enough to see what works for your skin and what does not. It is wise to wait 8 to 10 weeks before you consider switching to another product, which will show you if the product really works on your skin. That way you will be familiar with your own skin and can identify the perfect product for you.
(Sources: Mark G. Rubin, professor of dermatology at the University of California. Skin Pharmacology and Applied Skin Physiology, November-December 2000, pages 358-371; Skin Research and Technology, November 2001, pages 227-237; Archives of Dermatologic Research, May 1996, pages 245-248)