One thing I’ve always valued is taking proper care of my skin.
Today I’ve teamed up with a fellow blogger, Nicole, at HighStyleLife for a guest post about skincare tips! Be sure to check out her posts and give her a follow on social media. As always, I hope you all enjoy 🙂
Over the years, we do our best to collect beauty wisdom and advice regarding everything, from our fashion choices, makeup, to skincare. We get our information from friends, magazines and other different sources, but those pieces of advice and wisdom are not always so wise. With the good comes the bad, and aside from great beauty tips, we also start believing in those that are not, in fact, true or right. It is time to shatter those myths and start caring for your skin right, so let us start unveiling the most popular misconceptions, one by one.
Natural is always better
We keep being showered with advice on how natural and organic products are always best for our skin. While there are numerous amazing skincare products made with natural ingredients, not all of them are created equal. First off, there is no scientific evidence that organic cosmetics containing natural or organic ingredients are better for skin. While it is true that you should steer clear of certain products, namely those containing parabens, sulfates, formaldehyde, and phthalates, you are still left with a great variety of choices when it comes to skincare products that are not necessarily organic ones. Do not exclude any brand based on it being organic or not – try and see what actually works for your skin, and stop listening to others who stick solely to one option or the other.
Choose skincare products that target your age group
When you look at certain moisturizers, serums and such, you might notice the label stating things such as ‘30+’, or ‘mature 45+skin’. What you have to bear in mind when choosing the right product for yourself is not your age but skin type. Someone who is 50 can have the same skin concerns and skin type as someone in their 30s. Oily skin and clogged pores do not just automatically go away when you turn 50, and dry, dull-looking skin can be a problem even in your 20s. We are all different, so do not allow yourself, or your skin, to be pigeonholed in a particular ‘box’ or category based on your age. Treat your skin problems, not your age – after all, age is just an illusion.
Your acne issues will vanish with age
This is a myth that has been debunked by everyone in their 30s and 40s still battling adult acne. Age has nothing to do with this skin issue, as adult acne are caused, according to WebMD, by stress (which women of all age groups experience), hormonal imbalance, and diet. Sitting around and waiting to get ‘old enough’ for the acne to vanish is not the right way to tackle the issue, but proper skincare is. When acne attack, you have to fight back, but make sure you do it gently. Use cleansers, avoid aggressive cleansing brushes, and of course, use specialized creams such as Ultraceuticals – products that target acne and help reduce redness and irritation. When looking for the right cream for acne-prone skin, make sure it contains powerful yet gentle antioxidants, exfoliators, and anti-irritants – these three are the true key to success. Stop waiting around, take matters of the skin into your own hands, literally.
The only remedy for dry skin is water
While there are amazing health benefits to drinking plenty of water, which do include a healthier looking skin, large water intake is not a strong enough tool to help eradicate dryness. The causes of and solutions for dry skin are far more complicated than water consumption. Dry and sensitive skin requires a careful and constant care, which first of all excludes soaps, and drying, aggressive cleansers, washing your face with water that is either extremely hot or cold, and abrasive scrubs stiff-bristled cleansing brushes that cause micro-tears in skin’s surface. Instead, treat your dry and sensitive skin with gentle cleansers and potent moisturizers, (high SPF is a must), as well as serums and gentle exfoliators. Dry skin needs love and tenderness, not obliviousness and reliance on one-step minimum effort solutions, such as simply drinking plenty of water. Life is not that simple, and neither is skin.
You do not need SPF during winter
This is one of the most common misconceptions that, unfortunately, many people believe. Yes, UVB rays—the ones responsible for burning—are much stronger during the summer. However, the truth is that UVA ones tend to remain pretty constant all year long, as explained by Arielle Kauvar, MD. UVAs will not cause sunburn, and that is why you might not be aware of the damage. They do, however, contribute significantly to skin aging. Sun protection is not a matter that should be taken lightly, and it has never been easier to protect your skin, as there are numerous two-in-one moisturizers that contain a high level of SPF, so find your match and start slathering your skin every day of the year.
About the Author:
Nicole is a lifestyle blogger at HighStyleLife passionate about travel and healthy living. She enjoys sharing her experiences and ideas on how to lead a happy and healthy life. If you want to read more from Nicole you can find her on Twitter and FB.