1 January 2021
When you embark on a new skincare journey and you’re wanting to really start looking after your skin it can be scary out there as there’s so many ingredients with big or unheard of names on labels, many products your told you should or shouldn’t use , and when you ask there’s never anyone to tell you what is fact or fiction!
With skincare popularity rising there’s even more misconceptions which are growing. These misconceptions seem to be happening more when you take unsolicited advice from a person whose a non-expert, as the truth. This especially happens if the advice taken ends up negatively affecting your skin.
I feel blanket claims and statements can hardly be true without scientific evidence to prove it. Then on top of that we all need to remember that skincare affects different skin differently!
So I’ve decided to help by dispelling some of the skincare myths and take away the validity from certain misconceptions that could be harming your skin!
Myth #1: All products are going work the same for each individual.
Even the most famous of products have a change every season but when speaking relatively some well known products which are in the skincare world will truly benefit general skin issues like wrinkles, acne, fine lines, etc.
Remember even if you have a recommendation you still have the possibility of a product not working out. Even if two or three people share the same skin complaint as you, this can happen too, recommendations can fall short because your skin type and skin requirements can actually differ from anybody else. This is definitely important to keep in mind especially when people are raving about one specific product being the “best product ever”!
So you now understand how I feel, all skincare product reviews should come with a “Your Experience May Vary” warning because how an individual product reacts with your skin will certainly vary from others.
Myth #2: The order you use your skincare products doesn’t matter.
To get the best out of your skincare routine, applying products in the correct order of electron or particle size is KEY in making sure the product gets absorbed. If it’s just sitting on top of the skin and it doesn’t penetrate, then what good can it do for you?
Layering your products from lightest to thickest in texture is optimum while allowing 2-3 minutes in between for each of the products to soak in works best. The thickest products like oils and moisturisers will “plug” your pores with maximum hydration (in a great way). The oils and moisturisers prevent the smaller-particle-sized products and the outside irritants, like pollution from penetrating the skin, so it’s really best kept as the last step of your daily routine.
My last step in my skincare routine at the moment is Pure Argan Oil with Rose Essential Oil which has the added bonus of giving much needed funds to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Myth #3: Stress only affects your body mentally.
In actual fact stress has a lot of physical signs too that can build up causing discomforts in your facial muscles and this can then cause skin issues from the changing hormones in the body.
Think about your natural inbuilt “fight or flight” response in a dangerous situation. Your cortisol (or stress hormone) levels rise, which can then increase pimples, acne and blemishes which makes your skin even more sensitive and prone to rashes and dry patches.
Stress suppreses your immune system making your body unable to fight the outside irritants like free radicals that harm your skin’s health. So it’s good to understand how to release these stress hormones which will keep your good skin days coming!
Some Ideas for stress release are excercise, light a soy candle, use self-hypnosis or meditation.
Myth #4: Facial oils couldn’t be good for acne.
On the contrary, there are lots of benefits in using oils in your skincare routine, even for people with oily or acne-prone skin!
The main key is a really good skincare routine which has balance. For instance, if you’re using a cleanser that strips away your skin’s moisture then your adding a harsh acne treatment on top, how will your dryed out skin be quenched?
Really as long as you apply oil last in your skincare routine, and pay attention to how innate that oil is, you will be fine!
Myth #5: If you have oily skin you need to dry it out.
When I look back in time I find this is the biggest myth I’d want to banish when seeing my younger self. Wow, all those drying cleansers I used and the hydration-sucking treatments too, plus I used no moisturisers on top which severely impacted my skin back then. This dryed out my skin, then it would bounce back by overproducing oils to repay me for my actions. This gave me even OILIER skin especially during certain “times of the month” need I say more.
I hear a healthy dermis needs a strong bio lipid layer to safe guard against outside irritants. Hydration is key for ALL skin types and will provide a balance which supports healthy skin.
Use our Pure Argan Oil to exude moisture and hydration delivering great nurturing benefits to skin. This exquisite pure oil will nourish your skin and makes sure it isn’t drying out overnight.
Myth #6: When adulthood arrives acne will disappear.
Unfortunately, with getting older this is not one of the privileges we gain. Acne is for the most part due to our genetics and hormone levels (hello to menopause!), and cutibacterium.
I can assure you that the skin’s resiliency sadly goes down with age so it’s really important to be absolutely gentle to your skin. For example, cleanse without actual beads in the formula to prevent micro-tears of your skin.
Use gentle exfoliation with purifying active ingredients like soothing aloe vera, vitamin E and use the essential oils that leave the face feeling cleansed and revitalized. Try our Argan Gel Cleasing Facial Wash which is activated with not one but 14 quality essential oils, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride as well as Gentle Plant Cleansers that will tenderly remove dead skin cells that clog up pores.
Always make sure though to rehydrate your skin after cleansing. If you’re really serious about your anti-acne routine, please look at your diet and reduce foods that have hormones like dairy as these foods can vary your hormone levels and in some cases be the cause of acne.
Myth #7: Your skin type will always remain the same.
This is SO untrue!
There are so many changes your skin goes through and it doesn’t matter whether it’s from hormones, climate changes, or how strong your skin’s defence against outside irritants may be.
Once you find your “ideal” skincare routine, it’s so easy to feel you’re set for life but in actual fact your skin will continue to change throughout your life’s stages not once but multiple times and this is common!
We might experience pimples, blemishes, blackheads, and other eruptions in our 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, even our 60s and beyond. What triggers acne and helps resolve it isn’t reliant on age at all.
Keep this chattered misconception in mind as the same skin issues like dark spots, or “age spots” when you’re getting into the older demographic can come from years of environmental subjection that causes visible imperfections. So if you’re not using SPF, these can come quicker by not taking good care of your skin.
I hope by busting these skincare myths for you I’ve helped you bring back your power over your skin’s health.
What is another skincare myth or misunderstanding that you want to learn about?
Let me know in the comments!