There are a lot of skincare myths out there, but Dr. Helen is here to separate fact from fiction.

The internet, as well as our mothers and grandmothers, might be a wealth of information (and opinions!) when it comes to beauty. But there are plenty of skincare myths that many people believe to be beneficial but could actually be damaging to your epidermis.

So if you want to separate fact from fiction…


… you’ve come to the right place. Here is the truth about six common myths. Because when you know better, you do better!

Myth #1: Oily skin doesn’t need moisturizer

While you might think that your shiny skin should avoid moisturizer because it produces enough of its own oil, think again. Your skin could be overproducing because it’s dehydrated. Instead of skipping it altogether, opt for a lightweight, oil- and emollient-free cream instead.


Myth #2: You don’t need to wear sunscreen in winter

Sunscreen is something that everyone should be wearing every day. And yes, that includes wintertime! This is one of the more dangerous skincare myths and can cause your skin long-term damage because UV-rays are always present and can penetrate through clouds. No more excuses!


Myth #3: The SPF in my makeup is enough to protect my skin

Don’t fall for this one! The amount of sunscreen necessary for adequate protection is definitely more than the amount of makeup most people would apply. On top of that, you need to reapply sunscreen every two hours if you are spending time outdoors in order for it to remain effective, so once in the morning is not going to cut it.


Myth #4: Expensive equals effective when it comes to products

The price tag on a product is not a proper indication of how good — or bad — the formula is. It’s all about the ingredients and the concentrations of them. Many products are at a higher price point to give the impression of luxury and effectiveness, but there are generally budget buys that can do the same job.


Myth #5: Natural skincare products are better for you

One of the biggest skincare myths out there is that natural products are not just better for you and your skin, but is just as effective as their chemical counterparts. But just because something is plant-derived doesn’t mean that it is good for your skin, and many natural products don’t go through the same rigorous safety testing.


Myth #6: Only those with mature skin should use anti-aging products

If you have always thought that anti-aging products are only for the 40+ market, you’d be wrong. Incorporating youth-retaining ingredients, such as retinol, into your skincare routine as early as in your 20s can go a long way in delaying signs of aging and keeping your complexion smooth, clear and radiant.