Beautiful skin is the dream that we all have. Yet, how we obtain it can mean different things to different people due to our own misconceptions. To truly benefit toward that goal of the best skin possible, it helps to become familiar with a few skin care myths that could be holding your skin back.
The Exact Number of Layers the Skin Actually Has Is One of These Skin Care Myths
According to the American Dermatology Association, we have three dominate layers of skin and not seven to worry about for skin health. These are the epidermis (the skin’s most outer layer), a dermis (the next middle layer) and the hypodermis (the final subcutaneous fat layer that attaches the dermis to muscle and bone).
The other four layers are just dead cells on the epidermis called the statratum corneum, a dermal-epidermal junction (a section between the two layers that some further divide the dermis and epidermis) along with a layer of muscle and another of bone to make up the other two.
The important thing to remember is the thickness of our skin can range from 0.5mm or 0.019685 inches on the eyelids to 4mm or 0.15748 inches elsewhere for products or treatments to make it through or have any effect that materializes in the surface we see. For all intense purposes, those three primary skin layers can either make or break the beauty of your skin.
Another of These Skin Care Myths Revolves Around Exfoliation
Exfoliation and peeling away dead skin cells can rejuvenate a complexion. However, overworking the skin in hopes of eliminating traces of any scarring or signs of skin damage such as fine lines and wrinkles through too many facial peels or procedures can permanently damage the skin. The chemicals in facial peels or procedures do scrape off clogging skin cells so fresh ones can emerge. At the same time, they also leave the skin vulnerable to effects of the sun. Thus, you don’t want to be overzealous trying to seek complexion perfection through exfoliation and limit how often you exfoliate. Exfoliating at home once a week is sufficient. Your dermatologist will advise on the safety of in-office procedures that are safe for you.
Skin Care Myths About the Powers of Collagen and Elastin
Collagen is the fabric that binds skin together. Elastin, on the other hand, is the substance that gives the skin elasticity for stretch. How effective skin care products that claim collagen or elastin in their formulas will build up enough in our complexion to make us younger is not exactly accurate. While the skin may appear plumped like it bounced back, the effect is only temporary while using the products. The reason such advertised skin care products cannot restore as accurately as suggested because both the collagen and elastin only can be reproduced by the skin’s the fibroblast cells. These are the synthesizing cells that repair and help with wound healing.
The Amount of Heat for Shower and Bath Water Temperatures Is Another of These Skin Care Myths to Rethink
Nothing feels better to me that dropping my tired body in a soothing tub of fragrant hot water, especially when my muscles hurt or when stressed with some aromatherapy like my DIY tranquility bath. While extra hot water makes my muscles feel better, it is a bad thing to do for the skin. Overly hot water for showering or bathing robs the skin of its oils and causes more dryness.
Another of these bath and shower skin care myths is how these hotter temperatures help to open up the pores to purge them. In doing so, you just end up sweating and forced to sudsing and scrubbing your vulnerable skin more to the point of abusing it by stripping it of even more oil. To keep the skin healthy is sticking to more tepid water temperatures.
Skin Care Myths Related to Hives
Generally speaking, most of us assume hives are caused from a food allergy, insect bites or our skin coming into contact with some external stressor. However, hives can occur from other factors such as from our emotions when stressed, frightened or angry that can cause histamine levels to rise to the point of bringing on hives to chemicals such as prescription drugs too over the counter medications.
Physical factors can also play a part in the body forming hives. For instance, if the body becomes too hot, it can try defending itself and release acetylcholine in the nervous system before the perspiring stage to develop hives. The same principle goes for how the body reacts from being overly cold.
These are just a few skin care myths that you might want to think about differently. If so, you may be on a shorter quest to more beautiful skin in the future!