There’s so much misinformation out there regarding skin care, most of them are myths. That’s because skin care is tricky, and depends on your skin type. However, there are some true rules — If you stick to just a few, your skin can look younger longer than you thought possible— that really works for all skin types.
1. You don’t need to wash your face with hot water to get it clean: In fact, hot water can cause redness and irritation in people with sensitive skin, and for those with normal skin, it can still dry out delicate facial skin, leaving it more susceptible to all kinds of issues, from red, flaky dermis to acne. Wash your face with mildly warm to air-temperature water. It will get the job done without irritating your skin.
2. Cleanse your skin with an appropriate cleanser:
With your fingertips, rub cleanser on your skin in an upward circular motion. Rinse the cleanser with warm water and / or facial sponges.
There are a variety of cleansers to choose from. Some are foaming cleansers and are gentler on skin, while others contain micro-scrubbing beads for a light exfoliating.
3. Oil is good for your skin, not bad: Many vegetable oils are old-school ways of moisturizing the skin that we have long ignored.. You can wash your face with coconut oil or slather it on after you’ve showered; same with sesame oil and olive oil. After using an oil a couple of times, you will notice that your skin — whether oily or dry — evens out and is either less oily or more naturally moisturized.
4. You don’t need to scrub to exfoliate: Scrubbing with most drug-store brand cleansing scrubs is much too harsh for most skin types. Instead of using toxin- and chemical-packed scrubs in a tube, exfoliate naturally using fruit. This method may be a little too much for extra-sensitive skin, but works well for all other skin types.
5. What matters most for healthy skin is not what you put on it, but what you eat: A healthy diet with lots of fresh fruits and veggies, lots of water (and maybe a skin-benefiting tea), minimal alcohol and plenty of sweat-drenching exercise will make skin glow more than any expensive cleanser or moisturizer. You’ll feel great too.
6. Chocolate doesn’t cause acne, but bread and pasta might: There have never been any conclusive studies linking chocolate-eating to acne, though there have been some that connect high-glycemic foods to breakouts.