MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. -- There are no shortages of tips and tricks on how to maintain beautiful, healthy skin. Americans spend billions of dollars annually on cosmetics touting glowing skin and endless youth. When faced with this onslaught, what's a consumer to believe? Dr. Ross S. Levy , chairman of the Department of Dermatology at CareMount Medical in Mount Kisco, discusses several common skincare myths.
Soap is bad for the skin
Soap and cleansers contain surfactants that are essential for facial care. Water alone cannot rid the skin of oils, dirt and grime which we all encounter every day. Don't be afraid to wash with a favorite soap or cleanser at least once if not twice daily.
Dry skin produces wrinkling
Dry skin does not cause or lead to wrinkling. The wrinkles that most of us develop are due to environmental exposure, especially sun exposure. Smoking, smiling, talking, and frowning also contribute to our lines as we age.
Drinking lots of water will improve our skin
Our body tells us how much water we need every day based on the color of our urine. Although water is important for our general health, more is not always better for your skin.
Pores can be made smaller
We need to be good to our pores and keep them open and clean. Cleaning and the use of tretinoin cream (commonly known as Retin-A) may keep our pores the smallest that they can be, but generally they cannot be adjusted.
We all need to moisturize
While cosmetic companies would like for us to use moisture cream five times a day, it may not be necessary. If the skin is very dry, itchy and red, then moisture cream is a good idea. Seasonal dryness may also require moisture cream during colder months, but it should not be a “knee- jerk” response.
The more expensive the cream, the greater the benefit.
There is no correlation here. Do not pay for pretty packaging and beautiful containers. A well recognized national brand that is reasonable in price is all that is necessary.
To learn more about how to keep your skin healthy year-round, visit CareMount Medical's dermatology page to learn more.