Dermatologist breaks down skincare myths vs. facts

- There's so much information out there when it comes to skincare -- and it can be hard to separate "fake news" from reliable advice!

Dr. Stefani Kappel, a dermatologist from Orange County, joined us on Good Day LA to break it down.

1) iPhone and computer screens can age your skin: FACT

HEV light is as damaging as UVB and UVA rays – treat with antioxidant serums, supplements, download a blue light blocking app, be mindful of using phone out in the sunlight – and up against your face.

2) SPF is the most important factor when buying sunscreen: MYTH

SPF mainly measures UVB protection. Check for UVA blocking ingredients as well. SPF 15 sunscreen blocks 93 percent of UVB radiation, while an SPF 30 sunscreen blocks nearly 97 percent. You might not burn with high SPF but that could mask other damage. Look for multi-spectrum, broad spectrum or UVA/UVB protection.
3) Moisturizers can dehydrate your skin over time: FACT

People think hydrator and moisturizer are the same thing but they are not. Moisturizers (lipids) SEAL in water and can make skin cells lazy. Hydrators deliver water deeply to skin’s layers, allowing cells to increase water content. Use a hydrator first then seal. Take bag of products to doctor for check up.

4) Men receive more than 10 percent of botox injections: FACT

"Bro-tox" use is rising to help in careers, because of selfie culture, etc. Male beauty regimens are being de-stigmatized!

5) Cellulite creams can get rid of cellulite: MYTH

Some creams may minimize the look of cellulite but none actually GET RID of fat cells. Cream remedies reduce in the appearance and last a few months but are not permanent. However, new laser treatments – while PRICEY, can do the trick. 

6) Use soap for squeaky-clean and healthy skin: MYTH  

Overzealous face washing, such as more than twice a day or with products that leave your skin feeling stretched or tight, is not good for any skin type, even oily skin. Soap can strip skin of its natural oils and lead to irritation and dehydration. Avoid cleansers that contain harsh surfactants like sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), sodium lauryl ether sulfate (SLES) and ammonium lauryl sulfate (ALS). Instead of these, look for gentler cleaning agents.

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