Last updated on Aug 27th, 2019 at 12:26 pm

It’s time we set a few things straight – for your benefit, of course – which is why we decided to debunk some popular skincare myths…

There are old wives’ tales for just about everything, and this is particularly evident in the beauty world. Here are some you can stop believing.

Myth 1: If you have oily skin you should ease up on the moisturiser

Truth: This is probably the worst thing you could do to your skin! In fact, skipping this crucial step in your skincare routine will only make your skin even oilier; moisturiser hydrates your skin, so taking this away will dehydrate and dry out your skin, forcing it to produce even more oil in an attempt to rehydrate itself.

Oily skin is actually often an indicator that your skin lacks moisture. If you’re struggling with oily skin or acne, don’t try and ‘dry’ it out! Instead, treat your skin gently and make sure you apply a very nourishing cream at night.

Related: Signs you might have dry skin (without even realising it) 

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Myth 2: Your skin starts getting used to your products, so you need to switch them up regularly

Truth: Nope! A good skincare routine is often rather difficult to come by, so when you’ve found one that works for you, stick with it.

People use this myth to get you to move onto their product line, but if your skin is happy with certain products – stick with them! We do recommend changing things up seasonally; for example, you will probably need a more intense moisturiser in winter than you would in summer, but other than that, don’t mess with a good thing!

Myth 3: The more expensive the product, the better it is for your skin

Truth: Simply because a product is cheaper and can be purchased at your local beauty outlet doesn’t mean it will be any less effective than that expensive spa-bought one. It’s the active ingredients that really matter, not how fancy the packaging is.

If a product (and its price!) appeals to you and suits your skins’ needs, give it a fair shot – you may be pleasantly surprised!

Myth 4: Great products will get rid of wrinkles

Truth: Sadly, this isn’t true. Once you’ve got a wrinkle, it’s pretty much there to stay – unless you pay a visit to a cosmetic surgeon or aesthetician (who are pretty happy that this myth isn’t true!).

Good creams are able to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and some may prevent the onset of them, but none are able to actually take them away completely, so we say embrace your wisdom and laugh lines (and use sunscreen)!

Related: Budget-friendly anti-ageing tips that will really make a difference

Myth 5: If your make-up has SPF in it, you can skip sunscreen altogether

Truth: While some SPF is certainly better than no SPF at all, relying on what’s in your make-up won’t cut it.

First, sunblock should be applied a few times throughout the day (especially if you’re going to be outdoors), and that doesn’t happen with your make-up. Second, you would need to apply a super thick layer of it for it to be enough. So, if you’re looking for an adequate two-in-one product, rather search for a sunblock with added moisturising benefits.