Women have been preaching the importance of moisturizer for generations. While there is zero doubt these days that it’s a must-have step in any skincare routine, there are a few old wives’ tales about face cream still going around that may be affecting your beauty game. From trusting your lotion’s sun protection to putting product on dry skin, we’re revealing the top five myths about moisturizer you should stop believing ASAP.
Myth #1: All creams are basically the same.
Most moisturizers have some combination of water-attracting humectants and occlusive ingredients to lock hydration in, says Dr. Benjamin Barankin, a Toronto dermatologist and medical director of Toronto Dermatology Centre. The difference, he notes, is that every product features a range of ingredients in various concentrations, accounting for the wide array of formulas featuring unique consistencies (think cream vs. lotion vs. ointment). All of which is to say, there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all product, so always choose a moisturizer that’s right for your skin type.
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