Common Skincare Myths!

We have been receiving lots of questions recently surrounding similar topics, so we thought a blog about busting some skin care myths might be helpful! The internet is filled with sooooo much information and a lot of the time the information can be confusing or untrue. As a qualified beauty therapist and skin care expert, I feel that my knowledge, skill set and experience will fill you with confidence that the information and advice I provide is true.

SKINCARE MYTH NUMBER 1: YOU ONLY NEED TO USE SUNSCREEN IN THE SUMMER

This is one of the most dangerous skin care myths! Just because you can’t see the sun in the sky all year round, does not mean the harmful UV rays from the sun are not present.  There are two types of harmful UV rays that you must protect your skin from; UVA and UVB.

UVA rays are known as long wave rays.  About 95 per cent of rays that reach the earth’s surface are UVA rays, and they can penetrate clouds and glass.  UVA rays are present all year round and cause fine lines, wrinkles, and skin hyperpigmentation.

UVB rays are known as short wave rays and they don’t penetrate your skin as deeply as UVA rays do. They are usually more intense from Spring to early Autumn (during sunny hours) and cause your skin to burn. 

So, it is SO important that wear sunscreen all year round whether you can see the sun or not, as discussed in our blog on layering products. SPF should be the last product used in your skincare routine with only concealer and/or foundation used on top of it.

A sub myth is you don’t need to wear sunscreen on your lips.  This is categorically not true. Your lips can burn, so it’s important to keep them protected using a lip balm containing broad spectrum SPF.

SKINCARE MYTH NUMBER 2: FALLING ASLEEP IN YOUR MAKEUP ONCE IN A WHILE ISN’T A BIG DEAL

After a long day sometimes the last thing you want to do is take your makeup off. However, when you sleep with your makeup on it mixes with debris, dirt, oil, and pollutants that have built up on the surface of your skin throughout the day. This can lead to clogged pores which can lead to breakouts.  So, it is important to wash your face before bed.  Remember to double cleanse to ensure that all make-up, debris, oil, and pollutants have thoroughly been removed from your skin

SKINCARE MYTH NUMBER 3: THE HARDER I SCRUB MY SKIN, THE HEALTHIER IT WILL BE

As discussed in our last blog about exfoliation, scrubbing your skin hard (or using a harsh exfoliant) strips the outer layers of your skin and gets rid of the necessary natural oils that your skin needs to regenerate. 

Not only will your skin be red and bumpy and feel irritated, but your skin will also start to over produce oils to make up for the oil that’s been stripped away. This may lead to break outs or changes in your skin pH balance.  Gentle and slow exfoliating or cleansing your skin will help to keep it happy, healthy and pH balanced.

SKINCARE MYTH NUMBER 4: I SHOULD USE RETINOL ONCE IM IN MY 40s OR 50s

As a woman in her mid 30’s, retinol is a game changing skincare ingredient!  It's a derivative of vitamin A that helps the skin renew itself by encouraging cell turnover and can increase collagen production.  It may not be for everyone (particularly those with sensitive skin) but if you can use it, it’s recommended to introduce it to your skincare routine from your mid-20s to early 30s.  This helps to even out skin tone early and keep fine lines and wrinkles at bay.  Be careful not to overuse it, as it can lead to dry, scaly, and flaky skin.  There are also plant-based retinol alternatives which produces excellent results too – hopefully a product that we can work on in the future, so watch this space!

SKINCARE MYTH NUMBER 5: EYE CREAM ISN’T REALLY NECESSARY

Say what??  The skin around your eyes is thinner and more delicate than the rest of your face, therefore it also tends to be one of the first areas of your face to show signs of ageing.  Using an eye cream with the right ingredients helps keep the skin under your eyes healthy.  We recommend our Intensive Eye Cream.  It contains Cucumber Oil to soothe and reduce eye puffiness, and Native Lemon Aspen to strengthen the capillary walls and reduce the appearance of dark circles, this cream is a critical step in any anti-ageing routine for the 30+ age group. This eye cream is finished with the refreshing scent of Cucumber, which further complements the cooling and rejuvenating action of the lotion.  The active ingredients in this amazing wonder product are:

  • Sea-buckthorn - boosts elasticity, provides hydration and reduces inflammation.
  • Cucumber - hydrates, reduces dark circles, cools, and rejuvenates the skin and controls puffiness.
  • Native Lemon Aspen - helps to strengthen the capillary walls.
  • Resveratrol - interrupts negative environmental influences and protects against UV damage. Powerful antioxidant.

SKINCARE MYTH NUMBER 6: I HAVE OILY SKIN SO I DON’T NEED TO MOISTURISE

Factors including pollution, UV rays, and excessive cleansing or scrubbing can damage the moisture barrier on all skin, including oily skin.  This can lead to a loss of moisture and increased oil production, making your skin more oily- but not in a healthy, moisturised way.  To keep your skin hydrated, moisturised, healthy and protected from external factors, use a light moisturiser. We recommend our Renewal Cream – The Jojoba Oil and Shea Butter in this double-action hydrating and exfoliating cream, act as deep moisturisers, whilst the apple-derived Malic Acid and Pomegranate exfoliates, increases the rate of cellular renewal and reveals a refreshed, brighter skin tone. Scented with deep and exotic notes of Patchouli, Cedarwood, Red Mandarin and Vanilla, this product is a powerfully nourishing and rejuvenating blend for the skin.

SKINCARE MYTH NUMBER 7: SKINCARE STOPS WORKING BECAUSE YOUR SKIN ADAPTS TO IT

If you are using products that are good for your skin your skin will remain happy and healthy. In comparison, if you are using a product that’s not quite fit for purpose for your skin type and areas of concern, this can lead to irritation and you will likely see a marked difference in your skin right when you switch to a different product.  Whereas once your skin has settled, the contrast in using a different product won’t be as stark. But that’s not a sign your product has stopped working!