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There are a lot of myths when it comes to redhead skincare, and we’re here to debunk some of the ones that affect redhead the most. 

MYTH: Redheads only need sunscreen while outdoors on a sunny day

While it’s extremely important to wear sunscreen while outdoors on a sunny day, it’s far from the only time you need it. To reduce sun damage and the chances of skin cancer, sunscreen should be worn anytime there is exposure to UV rays. This includes cloudy days, sunny winter days, and indoors where there is natural light. Skin damage can also be caused by the use of screens like phones, computers, and iPads, so it’s best to just incorporate SPF into your daily skincare routine regardless of what you’re doing that day.

MYTH: Redheads with oily skin can’t use facial oils

Lots of people think that if you have oily skin you shouldn’t use oils on your face. While you don’t want to use oil-based moisturizers or oil-based makeups, it is okay to use facial oils sparingly. The oils that come from your skin naturally and the oils you apply to your skin for skincare are different. Facial oil products have nutrients and benefits to offer your skin that your natural oils do not. 

READ: 4 Tips on Incorporating A Facial Oil Into Your Redhead Skincare Routine

MYTH: You can’t exfoliate sensitive redhead skin

Having sensitive redhead skin doesn’t mean you can’t exfoliate, it just means you have to be gentle and mindful of the products you’re using. Select an exfoliant that is dermatologist recommended for sensitive skin, and only exfoliate 1-2 times per week. 

READ: How to Exfoliate Super Sensitive Skin

MYTH: Shaving makes hair grow back faster

The rate at which your hair grows is determined by the chemical makeup of your body and your hair follicles. A low-quality razor may cause you to think the hair has grown back quickly, but in reality, you probably just didn’t get as close of a shave as you thought you did. 

MYTH: Freckles are a form of sun damage

The argument of whether freckles are sun damage has been happening for ages. This is because people are not born with freckles. Freckles do appear as a result of exposure to UV rays but they are not considered sun damage. This is because freckles actually serve a purpose. People with low melanin get freckles as part of their body’s response to protecting them from the sun. 

READ: Why Do Freckles Come Out in the Sun?

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