Top 4 Moisturizer Myths Moisturizer is pretty basic in the realm of skin care: you apply it daily to your face and body, your skin drinks it in, and you’re done. But while there are many things moisturizer does well, there are some things it can’t do. Below, Toronto-based dermatologist Dr. Lisa Kellett clears up some of the most common moisturizer myths. Myth #1: If you have acne, you shouldn’t use moisturizer. Fact: While it’s natural to be leery of heavy moisturizers if you’re suffering from breakouts, you still need to use a moisturizer, especially if you’re using potentially drying acne treatments. “Use a moisturizer with a gel base,” says Kellett. Steer clear of creams or lotions unless they’re oil-free. Myth #2: Moisturizer can treat wrinkles. Fact: Many skin care products contain the word “moisturizer,” and some serve the purpose of hydrating the skin, while others also contain active ingredients to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles. “Basic moisturizers can improve the appearance of skin, but they may not be treatments,” says Kellett. Be sure to read product labels to find exactly what you’re looking for. Myth #3: All you need is one moisturizer. Fact: This one’s partially true, “you can use a face moisturizer all over the face and on the eye area in a pinch,” says Kellett, “as long as it’s gentle and fragrance-free.” But thicker face moisturizers for the face and body may be too heavy or irritating for the sensitive eye area (especially if they contain treatment ingredients such as retinol). Myth #4: If your moisturizer contains SPF, you’re protected from the sun. Fact: Moisturizers and foundations with SPF may give you added protection, but they’re not enough to keep you entirely safe from the sun. “You should use a proper sun block first and then a proper moisturizer on top of it, all year-round.” The reason? None of us wears enough moisturizer or foundation with SPF to do the job of a full sunscreen.