When you’re focused on skin health and aesthetics, it’s inevitable to run into your fair share of myths and assumptions. There are plenty of skin-related myths out there, and we feel that it’s time to shed some light on a few of those tall tales. We’ve rounded up some of the most common ones in order to debunk them once and for all.
Cellulite is directly correlated to a poor diet.
Cellulite is caused by a variety of different factors including, genetics, lifestyle, hormones and diet. Cellulite is also more prevalent in women than men; in fact, at least 90% of all women will experience cellulite during their lifetime. The appearance of cellulite can be reduced by regular exercise and a diet low in fat. However, even individuals that are lean and eat healthy can still experience this issue.
What you eat has no effect on your skin.
A few studies were conducted in the 70’s claiming that diet and acne have no direct correlation. Since then, these findings have been falsified, and it’s now been determined that diets with a high-glycemic index can in fact lead to breakouts. Acne flare-ups along the jawline can also indicate an allergy or sensitivity to dairy products.
Sunscreen/sunblock is the same thing.
Sunblock offers physical protection by sitting atop of the skin in order to provide a barrier between the skin and UVB light. Sunscreen offers chemical protection by absorbing into the skin, providing a barrier between the skin and UVA light. UVA and UVB light are completely different light spectrums, and the Skin Cancer Foundation recommends protection from both, which is available in sunscreens labeled as “broad-spectrum.”
You will age just like your Mom.
Genetics play an obvious and vital role within our bodies. However, when it comes to aging, genes only a small part since so many other factors can affect our aging processes. Smoking, sun exposure, diet and skin care regimes can all transform the composition of our skin and how well we age. If mom looks great, be sure to follow her footsteps and limit sun exposure, wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen that you can reapply throughout the day, adopt a nutritious diet, acquire a simple yet effective skin care regime and don’t smoke.