8 Myths about Skincare

8 Myths about Skincare

As part of our mental health and wellbeing series, Suzanne Miller, Sector Manager for Hairdressing, Beauty Therapy and Wellbeing shares 8 common myths about skincare. Being kind to yourself and taking care of your skin can make a positive difference to wellbeing.


1.     Chocolate and greasy foods cause acne/spotty skin.

Eating chocolate and greasy foods does not cause acne or spotty skin. The most likely cause are hormonal factors, bacteria and skin cells whilst stress can aggravate flare-ups.

2.     You don’t need to moisturise if you have oily skin.

Skipping moisturisers when you have oily skin can make your skin oilier. When the skin does not have the proper water levels, dehydration causes the skin to produce oil which means you can end up with oilier skin.


3.     You don’t need to apply sunscreen on a cloudy day.

Even on a cloudy day, UV radiation from the sun reaches the earth's surface, so make sure you apply sunscreen every day. Please do not believe that you are protected just because you are wearing make up with an SPF, sunscreen should be applied in addition to any make up.

4.     You can see results from skincare straight away.

On average, the skin cell turnover cycle is around 21 days which means you probably won’t see any true results for about 3-4 weeks after you start a new product or skin-care system.


5.     Pores open and close based on water temperature.

Pores don't open or close due to temperature changes. Your skin pores might look more visible if you use hot water to wash your face but that's because your skin swells slightly with the warmth of the water, not because the pores have opened.

6.     Strong scrubs, soaps and abrasives are good for your skin.

Too much scrubbing or too many abrasive products, such as exfoliators, can remove protective oils, create tiny micro tears and contribute to aging and irritated skin. Scrubbing too hard or too often will cause damage to your skin therefore it is advised to exfoliate only two to three times per week. This allows skin to recover and regenerate.


7.     High end, expensive skincare products are more effective.

This isn’t true. What makes a product effective are the active ingredients within the product, not necessarily the packaging or the cost.

8.     Skin care products stop working after a while because your skin gets used to them.

You may have heard the myth that your skin will get used to products, meaning they won’t be as effective anymore. It is more likely that your skin is changing not the products that you are using. Factors such as hormones and seasonal changes can affect the skin. As we age, our skin changes too so what may have worked for you in your 20’s, 30’s may not give sufficient moisture or protection in your 40’s and 50’s.


What’s on offer at Perth College UHI?

The Beauty Therapy and Hairdressing students have the opportunity to get hands on experience in ‘The Retreat’ salon and Spa. The Beauty Therapy and Hairdressing team offer a variety of discounted treatments during the week to students, staff and members of the public. Beauty Therapy services include: massages; facials; eye treatments; manicures and pedicures; and waxing. Hairdressing services include: cutting; styling; conditioning and colour.

How does it work?

The students are supervised by qualified and professional teaching staff, so rest assured your treatment will be handled with utmost care and professionalism. And whilst you will benefit from feeling pampered and refreshed, the students will get the invaluable practical experience essential for their further progression and training, so it’s a win win for all!

How can I book?

If you’re interested in exploring the services on offer, contact the team for more information.

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