7 Skincare Myths That Just Won't Go Away

The truth about makeup, sunburns, and eating chocolate.

Buying sunscreen with the highest SPF, avoiding chocolate, and scrubbing your face—these are just some of the things people do to get better looking skin. But is this really the way to take care of your skin? Here's a list of skincare myths we need to clarify once and for all:

As long as the SPF is high, you’re good.
The sun protection factor on most sunscreens refers to its defense against sunburns from UVB rays. But it doesn't shield you from UVA rays, which go deep into your skin. Look for a sunblock that is “broad-spectrum,” meaning it covers both UVA and UVB rays.

SPF in makeup is good enough.
You still need sunblock underneath your powder. You’ll actually need to put 15 times the normal amount of makeup to hit the SPF on the label, so piling makeup isn’t worth the effort.

Junk food and chocolate will give you acne.
Dermatologists and experts have yet to prove the correlation between junk food and breakouts or acne. But there are findings that in some acne-prone people, high-glycemic foods such as white rice, sweets, and sugary drinks can cause breakouts.

Hypoallergenic products are a must for sensitive skin
There are no ingredient regulations to determine whether a product is hypoallergenic or not. Your best bet is to stick to gentle and fragrance-free products instead like Vaseline petroleum jelly.

Blackheads are trapped dirt.
Did you know that the black spot on your nose aren't dirt? They’re skin debris that can also lead to acne.

You need a sunscreen on top of a moisturizer.
If you have oily skin, it's not recommended to use two separate products. The ingredients in sunscreen already moisturize your skin.

You can cure cellulite with creams.
You may be able to lessen the look of cellulite, but the effects aren’t permanent. Even liposuction can’t improve the dimpled surface of the skin.

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This article was created by Summit Storylabs in partnership with Vaseline.
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