When it comes to skin care, it seems like just about everybody has their own tips and tricks. Your friend or family member will just swear by one thing, while someone else says it's bad for you, making it difficult to know what's what.
However, your skin care routine isn't something you want to take a gamble on – get it wrong, and you could find yourself stuck in a rut for months, or even years before you figure out why your skin hasn't improved, or has gotten worse.
That's why we are looking at some of the top skin care myths, and setting the score straight.
Myth #1: I don't need to worry about wearing sunscreen on a cloudy day
This couldn't be more wrong. The Skin Cancer Foundation explains that up to 40 per cent of ultraviolet (UV) radiation still reaches the Earth's surface even on a cloudy day. In fact there are even some studies that suggest that those fluffy clouds can act as amplifiers to the sun, as reported by American Scientist.
While heavy clouds can help to somewhat block UV rays, light cloud cover can result in what is called "UV enhancement" due to scattering and diffusion.
UVA, responsible for the 'tanning effect', is known to pass through both cloud and glass, meaning it is important to protect your skin even if you're not catching rays on the beach. Fortunately, you can incorporate UV protection into your morning routine with our Ultra UV Protective Daily Moisturiser Range – a non-greasy, broad spectrum formula with SPF 30.
Myth #2: I have oily skin, so I don't need to moisturise
Wrong again. While you may not need to use the same moisturising tactics as someone with dry or dehydrated skin, it doesn't mean you should be skipping it altogether. By choosing a moisturiser specially created for oily skin, such as the Ultra Hydrating Lotion with its cooling gel formula, you can help keep your skin looking youthful and radiant.
Myth #3: I have dry skin, so I have to exfoliate a lot
Exfoliation is an important element of skin care, helping to remove dead skin cells and keep your skin feeling soft and smooth. It can feel particularly good for people with dry skin that can feel coarse to the touch.
However, if you over-exfoliate, you can strip away much of the skin's natural oils – not a desirable effect as dry skin naturally has a lower lipid content. Scrubbing your face, no matter your skin type is a bad idea, as it can lead to irritation and redness.
To exfoliate well, use a balanced solution such as Ultra Clear Treatment Lotion with salicylic and mandelic acid to exfoliate and decongest skin.
Myth #4: Acne is just a problem for teenagers
According to All About Acne, up to 15 per cent of women have acne here in Australia. While acne can be a common complaint for adolescents, there are plenty of adults who experience it due to a range of factors such as stress, hormonal activity and even genetics.
If you believe you have adult acne, it is important to book a skin consultation to find out what course of treatment would work best.
Myth #5: There's no difference between skin care products you get at the supermarket and medical-grade products
While for some people off-the-shelf skin products may be sufficient, if you are looking to see visible results, you would be better off relying on a medical-grade product, backed by hard research.
At Ultraceuticals, we rely on proven skin care heroes such as vitamins C and A, as well as alpha hydroxy acids to help you achieve the skin you've always wanted. To find out more about the science behind our products, read on here.