How much time do you have? No, really! With so much bad advice out there, we could go on for days dispelling myths about skin care. But we won’t do that. To keep it short and sweet—and your skin merry and bright this season, we’ve honed in on three of our favorite skin care falsehoods.
Myth #1: Applying sunscreen once in the morning is enough
While we absolutely love the fact many brands of makeup these days are formulated with an SPF, applying your makeup in the morning and being done with it just doesn’t cut it. Sunscreen starts to lose its effectiveness after only a few hours, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. This makes regular application essential for preventing sun damage and for maintaining results from our advanced skin rejuvenation treatments.
Myth #2: Your worst sun damage is behind you
Remember laying out on tinfoil and slathering your body with baby oil? Those adolescent sunburns undoubtedly damaged your skin. But surprisingly, sun exposure up to age 18 accounts for only 23 percent of the damage you incur in your lifetime, according to a study published by the American Society of Photobiology. Without proper protection, you can expect to add 10 percent more sun damage per every decade of your life. This means you’ve still got time to prevent sun damage with diligent sunscreen application and damage-reversing treatments including Halo® fractional laser treatments or Photo Facials.
Myth #3: More is Better
Anti-aging products abound, from collagen-boosting retinoids to smoothing alpha-hydroxy lotions. If a little works, won’t a lot more work even better? To answer this question, remember two key words: diminishing returns. More product doesn’t translate into more improvement. In fact, slathering on gobs of anti-aging products can actually irritate your skin. Plus, with quality, medical-grade skincare products, a little goes a long way. Active ingredients are more concentrated, so less is more!
Stay in the know with superb care at Chesapeake Vein Center and MedSpa! Call us today at 757.663.5461 for more information on the latest anti-aging skin care treatments.