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Skincare Myths That Men Still Believe

Skincare has seemed to take off in popularity over the last couple of months, not just for women but for men too. There are tons of new products out there to try that are marketed to target some of your challenging skincare concerns. There are also tons of opinions about what products to use and why. It can be really difficult to determine who to believe. Here are some common skincare myths that some men still believe.

Tanning Booths Are Safe

Not really. Tanning booths are one of the leading causes of skin cancer and premature aging. Just because a tanning booth does not contain UVB rays, that does not mean it is safer to use. The risks run the same. This is because when you visit a tanning booth, you are still exposing your skin to harmful UVA rays. These rays actually penetrate much deeper into your skin, which is why it causes things like premature aging and skin cancer.

Higher SPF Means Greater Sun Protection

SPF alludes to the amount of protection your sunscreen provides from UVB rays. UVB rays are mainly responsible for your sunburns. Sunscreens with high SPFs typically are not including UVA and UVC rays. Make sure you purchase a broad-spectrum sunscreen from or your local pharmacy with at least 15 SPF and contain ingredients like Mexoryl, oxybenzone, or avobenzone.

Note that UVA, UVB and UVC rays penetrate deep into your skin, which is why you tan. They can also be responsible for damaging your skin’s DNA causing photoaging, pigment changes and cancerous tumors.

No Need For Sunscreen On A Cloudy Day

This is simply not true. The sun can still damage your skin even if it is hidden by clouds. UV radiation still makes it to the earth’s surface, therefore your face skin still needs to be protected. Be sure that you are applying sunscreen every day, every two hours. If you have gone swimming or done some exercise that caused you to sweat, you should reapply your sunscreen after doing these activities.

You Need Expensive Skincare Products

There is no need for spending a ton of money on a subscription box when it comes to having a consistent skincare routine. The thing to pay attention to is the ingredients, not the price tag. Plenty of the best moisturizers, cleansers and sunscreens that are top-notch from an ingredient standpoint can be found at your local drugstore. Splurging on yourself is fine every once in a while, but do not get wrapped in the hype of purchasing expensive skincare products for better skin because that is simply not true.

Microdermabrasions Are Good For Your Skin

This is tricky. There are a lot of rumors out there on the internet that seem to be proponents of facials and microdermabrasion. As some of these services are included when getting a facial, many people believe facials are imperative to having flawless skin. Studies have shown that facials can cause more breakouts. Be careful.