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5 Skincare Myths to Avoid

There are a plethora of myths that I’ve read and heard throughout the years that I’ve been professionally taking care of skin, but for time sake, let’s read the top 5 common myths to avoid so that you can continue your journey to healthy – glowing skin!

Myth #1: – If my skin feels tight after washing, that’s normal.

FALSE. If after cleansing your face feels this way, it means you are using the WRONG cleanser for your skin type. Tightness that occurs after washing is a sign that all the natural oils produced by your skin have been stripped resulting in dead skin buildup and flakiness. Products like bar soaps (even those labeled as “facial bars” ) are usually the biggest culprit because they dehydrate the skin immensely. Finding the right cleanser will make or break your entire skincare ritual, so the best choice is a sulfate-free cleanser that will not dry out your skin like SkinScript Green Tea Cleanser.

Myth #2 – My skin is so oily, I don’t need to use a moisturizer.

FALSE. All skin needs proper hydration, and when your skin is dehydrated (even if you have oily skin), it’s because your skin’s reaction to “over” produce the oils is doing so because it feels depleted of moisture.

“Many people confuse oil with hydration, but the role of moisturizers is to improve skin’s hydration by adding water to it. That’s the reason the first ingredient listed on moisturizers is usually water. Remember: Just because your skin has a lot of oil doesn’t mean it has enough water. In fact, plenty of things—cold weather, hot water, harsh products, and aging—can disrupt the integrity of skin, causing it to spring tiny leaks. Before you know it, the skin no longer can act as a barrier to water loss and it becomes dry.”

Palmer, Angela. (2008). “Do You Need a Moisturizer If Your Skin Is Oily?”. From https://www.verywellhealth.com/do-i-need-a-moisturizer-if-i-have-oily-skin-15595

Moisturizers don’t need to be heavy or even greasy to use on oily skin, (this includes those with combination skin). Your best choice is something light such as SkinScript’s Light Aloe Moisturizer or Fountain of Youth Green Tea Moisturizer.

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Myth # 3 – You can shrink your pores.

FALSE. No matter what anyone says or what product claims to do this – YOU CANNOT SHRINK PORES! Pores sizes are genetic and your “naturally oily skin are likely to have larger pores because they are more actively releasing oil through wider openings.” (Buka, Bobby., MD). Your pores remain “open” and since you can’t shrink your pores, you can reduce the appearance through proper exfoliation to keep your pores clear. This will prevent the dead skin buildup on the surface from settling in that make them appear larger, and prevent blackheads. Over time the size will reduce, (think of exfoliating as you sanding wood, the wood will eventually become smooth as you “buff” away). Products such as Retinol 2% Exfoliating Scrub will not only re-texture your skin, but will also reduce the signs of aging (fine lines & wrinkles) as well as, lessen any skin discoloration. Another great product from SkinScript is the Glycolic Retinal Pads, which not only breaks up oils to refine the pores and reveal healthy skin, but the Kojic and Arbutin helps lighten sun spots and blemishes (BONUS: you can use all over your neck, chest, back, etc) and help future breakouts.

MYTH #4 – Buying a higher SPF like 50 will give more protection

FALSE. Did you know that SPF 30 offers only 3% more sun protection than an SPF 15? And an SPF 45 offers only 2% more than an SPF 30? As the SPF number increases, the percentage decreases. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, “The SPF number tells you how long the sun’s UV radiation would take to redden your skin when using the product exactly as directed versus the amount of time without any sunscreen.” Many products that have high SPFs are just using marketing tactics to get you to buy their products.

Again, higher SPF numbers do not protect your skin from the UVA and UVB rays any better than an SPF of 30; it’s best to stick with SPFs 15 or 30 and follow the instructions of reapplying sunscreen often and generously. Additionally, finding a sunscreen that you like the feel of, doesn’t feel heavy and one you will devote to using faithfully is what counts. I recently purchased and offer On Guard Skinscreen SPF 30 (you can apply on both your face and body) or Making Shade both non-clogging, no fragrance, and lightweight.

Myth #5 – You don’t need to use eye cream until you get “older”

False. You’re NEVER too young to begin using eye cream and you don’t have to wait until you’re “older”. The eye area is one of places on your face that ages faster – this area that has the THINNEST layer of skin; therefore, sweat glands are very few. And our facial expressions show more (repetitive crinkling) so eye creams help keep the area hydrated, smoothing away dryness and reducing the appearance of wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness. Eye creams should not be heavy or greasy. SkinScript’s Tri-Peptide Eye Cream is an excellent product to firm and stimulate circulation in this area. Or Nu Skin’s Intensive Eye Complex. As with all eye-creams you’ll want to apply with your ring finger, gently in small dots around your eyes and smooth until it’s absorbed.

Well I hope you found this information helpful and if you have any questions or would like a customized skincare recommendation, feel free to contact me: skinbyregina@outlook.com. And please leave me your comments below!

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