5 Worst Beauty Tips of All Time
1 Exfoliate every day.
While it sounds like a quick way to get rid of dead skin, exfoliating on a daily basis can strip your skin of its natural oils and can cause irritation before the top layer of your skin can properly heal, says celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas. Instead, she recommends exfoliating once a week.
2 Wearing makeup every day is bad for your skin.
There's actually nothing wrong with wearing a full face of makeup daily, as long as you're diligent about taking care of your skin in the process.
Dr. Megan Ward Harris, a physician's assistant at Geisinger Wilkes Barre Dermatology in Pennsylvania, says you can keep on contouring as long as you do the following: Keep your brushes clean, use BEST SKIN CARE products for your skin type, and most importantly, make sure you always take your makeup off.
3 The higher the SPF, the better the protection.
SPF refers mainly to the sunscreen's ability to block Ultraviolet B radiation. While UVB rays may be the main cause of non-melanoma skin cancer and sunburn, you also need to consider Ultraviolet A radiation, which causes wrinkles and other signs of skin aging. Only "broad-spectrum" sunscreens protect from both.
As a result, products with a higher SPF can give you a false sense of security, says Dr. Steven Q. Wang, a dermatologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New Jersey. "People who use them tend to stay out in the sun much longer. They may skip reapplying. And they may think they don't need to seek shade, wear a hat or cover up with clothing," he says "They end up getting a lot more UVA damage, which, of course, defeats the purpose."
4 Use toothpaste as an acne spot treatment
This is another home remedy that could be quite dangerous. While there are ingredients in toothpaste that could dry out pimples, "there are also so many harsh ingredients in toothpaste that work for inside of your mouth, but not on your face," says Dr. Harris.
She says using toothpaste on your skin can create dermatitis and other skin problems.
5 A Foundation with SPF is sufficient for sun protection.
While many tinted foundations have SPF in their formulas, that's not an adequate substitution for moisturizers with SPF. Firstly, you're not wearing enough of it to get the total sun protection you need. Second, most SPF foundations only protect from UVB radiation, not UVA. You should always be applying broad-spectrum moisturizer before you apply your foundation.