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May 27, 2016

Fact vs. Fiction: Fair-skinned people always have sensitive skin

  FICTION. While all ethnicities are more or less equally prone to sensitive skin, having light-toned skin does not mean that you are destined to suffer from sensitivity. As Dr. Katie Rodan notes, “Despite all the studies, the medical and…


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April 25, 2016

Fact vs. Fiction: Sunless Tanners Provide Base Tans So Skin Doesn’t Burn

 FICTION. Whether your first tan of the season comes from a sunless tanner or the sun, don’t let the myth of a base tan fool you. Sporting a tan of any kind is never a substitute for sun protection. Years…


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March 18, 2016

Fact or Fiction? Dark Circles Under Eyes are Genetic

FICTION. One of the facial features that receives a lot of attention as we age is the delicate area around our eyes. It’s also an area of skin that visibly suffers from all kinds of biological and environmental aggressors—from sleep…


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February 22, 2016

Your skin gets used to ingredients so you should switch products periodically

 FICTION. Many variables can affect the daily results you experience from using your skincare Regimen, but your skin alone will not become immune over time to the clinical benefits of the products. Product efficacy depends on a variety of things, such…


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January 20, 2016

Fact vs. Fiction: Steam Is Good for Opening Pores

Fiction. A steam bath may feel refreshing and help you relieve tension, but it won’t magically open your pores—just like cold water won’t make pores close. The simple explanation is that pores lack muscles around their openings. And while dreaming…


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December 23, 2015

Skin Around the Eyes Wrinkles More

FACT. “Laugh lines” around the eyes tend to be more distinct than, say, “elevens” between the eyebrows or “parentheses” around the mouth. While this news may not prove encouraging for those bothered by crow’s feet, scientists have found evidence that…


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November 18, 2015

Some People are Born with Freckles

FICTION. No one is born with freckles—they’re all the result of sun damage. Freckles come from ultraviolet radiation reacting with melanocytes and causing them to become enlarged and overactive. Over time, this increased melanocyte activity causes the formation of brown…


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October 14, 2015

We all age at the same rate

  Fiction: Turns out, we all age at different rates. A long-term human health study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences measured the aging rate in young people by studying a panel of 18 biological markers—including…


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September 17, 2015

Men’s skin ages at a different rate than women’s

Fact. Research shows that female skin actually ages faster than that of their male counterparts. Researchers, who published their study in the peer-reviewed journal Optics Letters, discovered that women’s skin ages faster than men’s using laser imaging to examine and…


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August 27, 2015

Working out leads to more acne breakouts.

Fiction. Breaking a sweat doesn't have to lead to breakouts, though working out can create an environment that's conducive to acne. Pimples occur when bacteria gets trapped in the skin's hair follicles, not the skin's sweat glands. However, if the…


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July 15, 2015

Sun damage only occurs when skin is exposed to UV radiation.

Fiction:  While the source of sun damage is UV radiation, the actual damage occurs for several hours following exposure. So just because you stepped out of the sun’s rays, doesn’t mean you’re in the clear when it comes to protecting…


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June 15, 2015

Fact vs. Fiction: You Can’t Prevent Expression Lines

Fiction. While all kinds of factors contribute to the aging appearance of our skin—genetics, daily behavior, eating and sleeping habits, and sun exposure—many of the undesirable effects are more within our control than we realize. Preventing wrinkles is far easier,…


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