Disclaimer: This blog is not to be interpreted as giving medical advice. Please consult your physician before changing your skincare regiment if you have concerns. We are not medical professionals.
Top Skincare Myths You Must Stop Believing
The world, especially the internet, is crowded with skincare misconceptions causing people to do more harm to their skin than they ever were before. This is a BIG problem.
Healthy skin brings many benefits, such as growing self-confidence, inspiring other people’s confidence, and protecting yourself from bacteria. Not to mention it makes you look younger. It doesn’t just affect your physical appearance but it makes you feel better mentally too. So if you want all of these qualities that come with healthy skin, you need to stop believing these five all too common myths about skincare.
Myth #1: You Should Stop using retinol if it irritates your skin – MOSTLY FALSE
It is important to know that retinol’s main job is to prompt the outermost skin cell layer to turn over. In other words, retinol is going to make the surface layer of skin cells literally fall off. Now, understandably, this does sound scary, but I can assure you that it is a good thing.
While the retinol is getting rid of the old skin cells and making way for new cell growth underneath, it is also restricting the breakdown of collagen to thicken the deeper layer of skin (which is where most wrinkles and scars begin). Once the outer layer of skin is out of the way, the healing for the rest of your skin can begin. This often comes with redness and/or irritation. This does not mean that you have to stop using retinol. This is actually a great sign that it is working as it should.
You should only use retinol, at most, every other day to avoid retinol burn. If the irritation becomes too much to handle, use it twice a week instead of every other day. Give it a chance to work before giving up on it. Retinol may just become your new favorite skincare essential.
*If persistent irritation occurs (redness and inflammation to the point of pain), discontinue use immediately*
Myth #2: You don’t need Moisturizer if Your Skin is Oily– FALSE
Everyone needs a good moisturizer in their life. Did you know that oily skin can still be dehydrated? That could be why your body is creating an excess amount of oil in the first place. The right moisturizer, along with the rest of your skincare routine, will work to balance out the oil production of your skin. If you have oily skin, we recommend using a lighter moisturizer, something like a hyaluronic acid serum. It is very light but still locks in the perfect amount of moisture.
Myth #3: You get what you pay for when it comes to Skincare Products – MOSTLY FALSE
Contrary to popular belief, not all expensive skincare products are better than cheaper ones. When it comes to skincare, it’s all about ingredients. There are some great $80 face creams (and some not so great ones) and just the same there are some amazing $10 face creams. It is important to pay more attention to what is in the products. Ya know… it’s what’s on the inside that counts ;). We recommend looking for ingredients such as:
- Hyaluronic Acid: a natural moisturizer.
- Alpha-Hydroxy Acids (AHA): a natural cell regenerator to even skin tone and pigment
- Vitamin C: helps to slow early skin aging and improve the appearance of wrinkles, sun spots, and acne
- Ceramides: help retain the skin’s natural moisture and prevents germs and bacteria from resting on the skin
These are just a few of the wonderful ingredients included in the best skincare products. Remember, your skincare routine does not have to break your budget, you just have to find the right products with the ingredients that are good for your skin.
Myth #4: You Should Only Use Anti-Aging Products if You Have Mature Skin
If as you get older you want to have the same skin you have now (or even better), you should be using anti-aging products right now. Incorporating these products into your daily routine can fight against unwanted age marks early. Giving you a head start to a radiant complexion and avoid some of those wrinkles.
Myth #5: A Minimalist Skincare Routine is the Best Way to Get Clear Skin
While the minimalist method may work for some people, others may want/need extra depending on what their skincare goals are. And either way it is OK. If all you need is a cleanser and a moisturizer, and you’re happy with your skin… you go girl! But if you’re someone you feel they need a little extra, that is also awesome. It is all about finding the products you love that also make you feel good about yourself. Who cares what everyone else is doing, you do you! Experiment with what you like until you have formed the skincare routine that is perfect for you. Just remember to keep your eye out for products with good ingredients.
Hopefully as you made your way through this list you learned some things about your skin and how to better take care of it. We want nothing more than for you to love your skin more!
Until next time,
Tracey & Mel