Are you approaching your skin routine all wrong? Here are some common blunders that could be sabotaging your skin complexion.
Myth: A complete skin care routine must contain three steps.
Truth: Cleanse, tone, then moisturize have been drilled into our heads, but feel free to skip the second step. People think that toning oily skin will make it better, but the oil is protective and the body produces it in response to injury. When you strip your skin of all the oils, it responds by making more grease.
Myth: Over the counter products with Retinol work just fine.
Truth: Retinol is basically a mild vitamin A treatment that slowly absorbs into the skin and is eventually converted into Retatonic acid. (Retinol is a great ingredient for acne and anti aging.) The over the counter brands are not effective enough because the the Retinol oxidizes before it can make it into the skin.
Myth: Dryness causes fine lines.
Truth: People confuse dryness and flaking with wrinkles. Just moisturizing will make wrinkles look better. The lines are still there, but you wont be able to see them anymore.
Myth: You should use your mother’s eye cream.
Truth: Everyone has different skin issues, so one size does not fit all. If you have puffiness choose a gel (heavy creams can boost swelling.) with caffeine. If you have dark circles, look for a product with a lightening ingredient in it like vitamin C.
Myth: Leaving a mask on over night will give you more for your money.
Truth: Masks deliver a potent dose of active ingredients or moisturize quickly into the skin. So you can over do it, causing irritation or breakouts. Always use the product as directed.
Myth: Wearing foundation or a tinted moisturizer with an SPF means your being sun safe:
Truth: You need to wear an SPF of at least 30 on your face everyday. So unless your slathering on a mask of makeup, your not getting enough protection.
Myth: the more wrinkle cream you apply the better the result.
Truth: Morning and night time applications are a waste of money. Most active ingredients work well once a day and anti aging creams should be worn at night because the active ingredients are broken down by sunlight.
Also a big reminder that we all need to be better about wearing sunscreen! Using tanning oil with an SPF of 10 does not count!!!
Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to our neck and chest areas too.