If you are a male then chances are you are not obsessed with skin care because the skin is naturally designed with its own oils and minerals to take care of itself naturally and beautifully.
In old age your skin starts to dry out largely due to inactivity and the absence of normal sweating. At 67 the skin on my feet started to dry out but it was mostly due to the socks absorbing the natural moisture, minerals, and oils from my foot skin. As soon as I started walking barefoot my foot skin naturally moisturized and regained a hydrated healthy look without cosmetic applications.
If you are a woman you may be obsessed about beauty and looking younger. If your wash off the natural oils and minerals with soap and water, if you use mild skin abrasives to remove dead skin tissue, if you think wrinkles are ugly, and if you use cosmetics to mask blemishes and give your skin a more even looking tone then you are trapped into a daily preoccupation with unnatural skin care in the form of moisturizers, salves, lotions, phony wrinkle creams, and skin foundations.
I list some of the skin care myths held by many gullible women:
MYTH: You need SPF protection in cosmetics to prevent premature skin aging and cancer.
TRUTH: You get an adequate dose of vitamin D from moderate sun exposure to UVB rays so moderate tanning is beneficial for your skin and body health.
UVA ultraviolet light is high frequency high energy light and it can do the most damage to your skin. If you spend much time outdoors or are going to spend hours in the sun at the beach then protect against UVA with sunscreen which contains titanium dioxide or zinc oxide and oxybenzone and sulisobenzone and avobenzone and ecamsule (Mexoryl).
For UVB protection your sunscreen should contain PABA derivatives, salicylates and/or cinnamates such as oxtylmethoxycinnamate and conoxate.
MYTH: Avobenzone (parsol 1789) is the best UVA sunscreen.
TRUTH: Research has shown that parsol 1789 a common ingredient in sunscreens is one of the most irritating ingredients used in beauty products. It actually increases free radical production which promotes skin aging. Many of the unresearched unnatural ingredients in other skin care products are probably also bad in some way for your skin. If it is an unnatural artificial ingredient in your skin care product, don’t buy it and use it on your natural skin no matter how good your skin seems to look or feel after the treatment.
MYTH: A squeaky clean tight feel is desirable by washing with soap and water.
TRUTH: Soap and water removes the natural protective oils and minerals from your skin and can cause excess dead skin buildup. Leave the skin alone without soapy washing as frequently as possible and try to use as little cosmetics as possible if they can’t be removed gently with just warm water.
MYTH: Any oil is acceptable to replace removed natural skin oil.
TRUTH: Some replacement oils will clog your pores and make it harder for your skin to breathe. Mineral oil, isopropyl myristate, isopropyl palmitate, and petrolatum are notorious for clogging your skin pores and are not healthy skin oil replacement ingredients. The more ingredients that you find in your cosmetics the more natural and unnatural crap you are probably putting on your skin which should not be there in the first place and will sometimes even cause allergic skin reactions.
MYTH: It’s normal to break out after a facial
TRUTH: If you are breaking out after a facial your skin is telling you that you are allergic to one or more of the ingredients in the facial or that the abrasives in the facial are damaging your skins outer layer. Baby smooth refreshing feeling skin is frequently the description used to describe the effects after a facial and it is an unnatural skin care process which you should be using rarely if at all.
MYTH: Sun tanning beds are safer than the sun.
TRUTH: Many sun tanning beds produce more UVA radiation than the sun and thus cause more aging and increased risk for cancer and are not safer than the sun.
MYTH: If the skincare product stings your skin it is a sign that it is working.
TRUTH: If a product stings your skin it is a form of minimal pain and your skin is telling you naturally that it does not like the product. Avoid skin stinging products as much as possible.
MYTH: You can shrink your pores.
TRUTH: Pore size only remains optimal once it fills with natural oils. Removing the natural oils may cause minimal narrowing of the pores but there is not a significant enough visual difference to justify an unnatural cleansing and removal of natural skin oils. Pores don’t open and close like doors but remain constant in size.
MYTH: Clay masks draw out blackheads and impurities out of the skin.
TRUTH: Standard clay masks absorb natural skin oil and suck some moisture out of the skin and push serums into the skin but do not remove blackheads which have to be manually extracted. Clay masks are a money wasting scam because your skin does not need artificial serums nor does it need to have its natural oil and moisture removed.
MYTH: Shaving makes hair grow back thicker.
TRUTH: Shaving or hair removal does not change the growing mechanism of your hair follicle so you have the same thickness hair grow out no matter what you do. Most hair removal is a temporary solution which will have to be repeated periodically and you should definitely not use a technique which destroys the natural hair growing mechanism in your skin.
MYTH: Facials and microdermabrasion are good for the skin.
TRUTH: Facials can actually cause acne breakouts and allergic reactions in some people. Facials and microdermabrasion may help you to relax and feel good but the treatments themselves are a complete waste of money and are highly unnatural cosmetic procedures.
MYTH: Wrinkle creams or anti-aging creams actually work.
TRUTH: Most wrinkle creams just temporarily hydrate or add more water to the skin so it seems to reduce fine wrinkles to some extent for a very short period of time. You may be obsessed with the removal of fine lines or wrinkles and even go for expensive Botox treatments which work for a few months but all wrinkle creams are a waste of money and don’t make lasting changes in the natural wrinkles which you were born to be with in your life.
MYTH: Skin care with many natural ingredients is better for you.
TRUTH: The fact is that any natural botanical ingredient is unnatural compared to your natural skin oils and minerals and in fact can cause allergic reactions in some humans. The more “natural” and unnatural ingredients in your skin care product the worse it is for your natural skin health so don’t get conned into buying them. If your skin turns red, feels tingly, itches, or breaks out in some way stop using the skin care product immediately.
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