10/11/2012 01:57 EDT

Beauty Myths: 5 Cold Weather Skincare Statements Debunked

By: Amanpreet Dhami,

We spoke to Dr. Jaggi Rao, Clinical Professor of Medicine and Dermatology at the University of Alberta to dispel some common myths about your skincare routine. Plus, we threw in some helpful tips for keeping your skin well-hydrated during the chill (your welcome!).

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Myth 1: Less Humidity Means Fewer Breakouts

False! The extreme dryness common to colder months can actually cause microscopic breaks in the skin that allow unwanted bacterial organisms to enter and cause breakouts. Keep your skin moisturized to ward off breakouts the right way.

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Myth 2: Moisturizer Is The Only Way To Keep Skin From Drying Out

False! We don’t normally think of clothing as part of the skincare routine, but protective clothing like mittens, gloves, and scarves help shield your skin from dryness and deter circulatory inflammations that erupt as a result of cold weather.

Myth 3: Skincare In The Colder Months Has To Be A Multi-Step Process

False! The most essential items you need are a cleanser and a deep-hydrating moisturizer. Cream formulas are thicker and provide a better protective layer against the elements (as long as you also find a formula that doesn’t clog your pores).

Myth 4: Drenching Yourself In Moisturizer Will Counteract Dryness

False! Excessive moisturizer will simply clog pores. Try a thin layer of creamy moisturizer to keep skin hydrated and protected from the elements. As a rule of thumb, use a fingertip amount all over your face—the size of your fingertip to your first knuckle.

Related: Consonant Skincare's Mattifying Sunscreen

Myth 5: You Don’t Need Sunscreen In The Fall Or Winter

False! There are plenty of UV rays that will harm your skin even during overcast days. These rays contribute to aging so continue to wear sunscreen on a daily basis. Try a facial moisturizer with built-in SPF so you can skip a step each morning, and spend more time nice and warm under the covers.

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