Myths about skin care

Most skin care articles and social media posts are likely rich with good information and tips about how to care for your skin and protect it as you age. The ability to access such information is a great benefit to anyone interested in looking their best and caring for their skin.  But what if the information you read isn’t true? What if the tips that you read about are not good for you or for your skin? This is what your esthetician does NOT want you to know about. Following poor skin care advice can not only irritate your skin, it can have long term effects on it, some of which can be irreversible.

 

To clear up any conflicting information you may have read, here are the top 5 myths about skincare debunked:

 

1)  Myth: The Higher the SPF in my sunscreen, the more protection I am getting.

Truth: This is a common misconception. In fact, the SPF rating can give a false sense of security.  According to Skin Inc. Magazine, “an SPF of 50 is only marginally more protective than an SPF of 15.” Instead of looking at the number, look for a broad spectrum sunscreen with protection from UVA and UVB rays and active ingredients such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Make sure these actives are among the first 3 ingredients on the bottle so you know they are the most concentrated and wear sunscreen even on cloudy days.

 

2)  Myth:  You must cleanse your face morning and night.  

Truth: Cleansing the skin in the morning is not necessarily needed (unless you have acne prone skin).  In fact, cleansing twice a day can actually dry the skin. The truth is if you cleanse well at night and apply a good moisturizer, you will wake up with some moisture and oil on the skin in the morning that provides a great barrier of protection throughout the day. So skip the morning cleanse and apply your daily skin care products (including suncreen) before going outdoors.

 

3)  Myth: Eating Greasy food can cause breakouts.

Truth:  Science doesn’t support this one. Although eating a well-balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables is recommended, there’s no actual proof that the pizza you ate last night will lead to a breakout today. Pimples are caused by bacteria and skin cells and  often linked to hormones…not your diet. Still, limiting the amount of high calorie greasy food is always recommended for good health and will help to keep your skin looking radiant.

 

4)  Myth: Good Skincare can erase signs of aging.

Truth: While good skincare certainly helps maintain the youthful appearance of your skin, there are other contributing factors such as nutrition and good circulation. If your arteries for example, are not working properly, the end result will be a dull dry complexion.  If you suspect you may have a similar problem, seek help from your healthcare provider to normalize blood pressure and prevent permanent damage to your health and to your skin.

 

5) Myth: There’s no difference between over the counter skin care products and medical grade professional products.

Truth: Professional products are manufactured with a higher concentration of active ingredients such as peptides, hyaluronic acid, algae, salicylic acid, vitamins C,D and E and collagen to name a few. Over the counter, less expensive options may have these ingredients but they are manufactured with such small amounts of them and often diluted by emulsifiers so they aren’t able to be as effective as professional products. Thalgo Marine Skin Care has developed a wide range of skin care products designed for every type of skin. Rich in algae, the product line is renowned for treatments and products that deliver excellent results. Founded in 1964, it is the original French marine spa brand, and from the outset, has been led by science and marine research. Today, THALGO is the range chosen by over 20,000 top spas, resorts, and thalassotherapy centers in more than 90 countries.