Debunking Skincare Myths in 2020 – Fact Vs. Fiction!
We all fall victim to skin myths. Whether they’re passed on by our family, peers, or unproven beauty claims, it’s hard to know what is fact and what is fiction. In an e-commerce landscape where anyone and their mother can make a new skincare line, you have to be especially careful about where these products are being sourced from. Sadly, not everyone has your best interest at heart. This is partly why the Millennial and Generation Zers are notorious for being ‘brand loyal.’ The younger generations (under the age of 40), tend to trust major brand names like Google, Apple, and Starbucks, as compared to smaller brands they’ve never heard of. The same goes for their cosmetology products. Once you find an established brand that is reputable, affordable, and works for your skin – you are hooked! Right? This is all wonderful, and when you find an effective product, you should use what works for you. But! With so much false information being spread across the internet like wildfire, someone needs to debunk these myths from sources that we can trust! Let’s break down a couple of them by fact vs. fiction, shall we lovelies? Facts · Plastic Packaging Should Be Avoided Exposure to extreme temperatures can ruin your product. This is true, regardless of how high-quality the product is. You must be careful about originating countries that are shipping a product contained in plastic, especially during the hot summer months. Your skin is like a sponge. It is the largest organ on your body. So the plastic from those containers will seep into the product, therefore seeping into your skin. You can read more about this from The National Library of Medicine’s Recent Study regarding Parabens in plastic products that lead to skin toxicity through absorption. The Fix: Go for product packaging that is - - In glass jars - Reusable/Recyclable/Sustainable - Without any packaging, such as Lush’s Shampoo Bars · You Can’t Use Just Any Cleanser Everyone’s skin is unique. If you suffer from oily skin, acne, or sensitive skin, be careful about selecting a product that is too intense. If the products burn or feel painful, they’re likely stripping your skin of all of its healthy oils too. The skin is a high-functioning machine that naturally knows the pH it should possess. The Fix: This does not mean you ought to stop washing your face. No! Please wash your face! But avoid products that strip your face of its natural glow, as this often leads to increased breakouts. This may take some experimentation, but you will want a product that isn’t too harsh, painful, or intense. Fiction · You Do Not Need Sunscreen if It’s Not Sunny Outside False! Clouds are not sufficient protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays - which are the leading cause of premature aging. The Skin Cancer Foundation writes that clouds only protect against roughly, “25%” of harmful UV rays. That’s simply not enough. The Fix: Make sunscreen a daily part of your morning ritual. Some tips for finding your perfect fit are to select a sunscreen that contains/is: - Oil-free, especially if your skin is blemish-prone or you easily experience clogged pores. - Broad Spectrum, which simply means that it defends against both UVA and UVB rays. - Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide, both of which naturally reflect sun rays. · A Good Product Will Remove Wrinkles Yes and no. Many anti-aging products can significantly reduce wrinkles, diminish the appearance of fine lines, and moisturize while offering the look of ‘plumper skin.’ This is all true. However, many deep-set wrinkles cannot be removed by a topical treatment alone. Due to this, leading experts in skincare and dermatology believe that: The best treatment against wrinkles – Is prevention! The Fix: Avoid practices that are expediting the rate at which wrinkles appear on your face. Simultaneously, you should work to prevent wrinkles before they establish a permanent home on the residence of your face. Factors that increase the rate at which wrinkles set are: - Smoking tobacco - Sun exposure (UVA and UVB rays) - Alcohol and substance abuse (allow your liver to detoxify) - Air pollution and free radicals - Poor nutrition - Not enough sleep Of course, many of the influences upon your skin will be genetic. But our main takeaways for this piece are: - Avoid plastic packaging - Don’t fight your skins natural pH (leading to more breakouts and excess recalibration) - Wear sunscreen daily (even on the parts that are covered by clothes. Clothes and clouds are not enough protection!) - Prevent wrinkles through proper health, sleep, and nutrition There’s no quick-fix. Only a daily dedication to care for your body and skin from the inside out!
Retinol Journey (Part II) Back in March I embarked on a retinol journey with a few goals in mind; smooth over fine lines, minimize pesky pores and do it without the usual retinol side effects. To achieve these goals my plan was to take it SLOW! RECAP: I started with a 0.3% retinol concentration once per week (Wednesday’s). After a full 4 weeks I added another night (Sunday’s) and continued until the Skinceuticals sample I had was finished. UPPING THE DOSE: By week 8 my small tube had run out so it was time for an upgrade. I decided to pick up the @SkinMedica 0.5% Retinol. The plan was to continue with twice per week use, unless I started experiencing any side effects… and I did. After the second application I actually developed a small cystic breakout (now it’s hard to definitively say if the retinol was responsible because the breakout also coincided the end of my cycle) but I also noticed a bit of sensitivity on one of my cheeks and that alone was enough for me to drop back to once per week use. For the next two weeks I only used retinol on Wednesday’s and then added Sunday’s back in. At this point I didn’t experience any irritation or breakouts and haven’t had any since. . RESULTS: Since starting retinol I have definitely noticed an improvement in the overall texture of my skin. The fine lines and new pores that seemed to be icing on my 30th birthday cake have, in fact, diminished (slightly). Interestingly, the area where I’ve seen the most improvement is my neck (I call those my social media lines). . WHERE TO NEXT: That’s a good question actually. It’ll go one of two ways: I might up the dose again and try 1% OR I may simply add another day at 0.5%. To be honest, I’m not quite sure which path I’ll take at this moment but I will definitely keep you all posted!
1 Week Microdermabrasion Progress! 🌟
Sometimes no matter how GREAT our skincare routine is, we need extra help. At least every three months, I try to schedule a professional procedure to help my skin. Last week, I went for a facial followed up by microdermabrasion because my skin has been acting up, and there’s a lot of sebum building up creating blackheads and inflammatory bumps. What’s microdermabrasion? In professional microdermabrasion, tiny crystals help remove the outer layer of the skin. There’s no need for numbing medicine since the procedure is less aggressive. Think about it as an intense exfoliation that leaves skin softer and brighter. Who should get microdermabrasion? Because the treatment is fully customizable, it can be adjusted to treat all skin types. People looking to improve the following conditions should consider microdermabrasion: ￼Wrinkles. ￼Fine facial lines. ￼Sun damage. ￼Skin discoloration. ￼Acne scarring. ￼Sunspots. ￼Stretch marks. ￼Blackheads. How long does microdermabrasion results last? You’ll be able to experience some results immediately. For example, brightness and texture improve instantly. But these results are only temporary. Your skin will go back to normal after a few days. It takes your skin 30 days to self-regenerate. In the first week after your treatment, you’ll see fewer breakouts, improved texture, and brightness. But, to truly see the benefits of microdermabrasion, you need at least 3-6 sessions in the course of the next six months. Usually, these treatments are scheduled a month in between. Anything I should do after my treatment? YES! Avoid using any harsh chemicals on the day of your treatment. You should apply sunscreen the following days as well because your skin will be more sensitive to sunlight. Try not to exfoliate or do any peels at least two weeks after your treatment.
“It does not matter to remove sunscreen or not”🤔
I believe that we hear about lot of different skincare myths every single day. It is hard to recognize which myth is true and which one is misleading. It usually needs experiences or tests. Have you ever believe any skincare myth but that causes some bad effect? I had this experience, I hope I can give you some ideas or advices. ❌YOU DO NOT NEED TO USE MAKEUP REMOVER TO REMOVE SUNSCREEN This is WRONG!!! ⭕️YOU HAVE TO USE MAKEUP REMOVER TO REMOVE SUNSCREEN!!!! If you pay attention to some advertising slogans of sunscreens, it is not difficult to find out that they like to use a sentence: our sunscreen can remove by face cleansers. At first, I kind of believed it, and also because I was really lazy, I removed sunscreens by only using face cleanser for a while. I felt my skin became bad and looked dull. After I did research and self-judgment, I realized the reason is because of sunscreen. I did not rinse off sunscreen cleanly. Sunscreen contains chemical composition, long-term use of sunscreen without removing makeup, sunscreen ingredients will always accumulate on the skin, resulting in the thickening of the cuticle, the skin cannot absorb foreign nutrients and moisture, the skin will become dry, rough, loose, skin aging faster. Also, skin is unable to carry out normal breathing and detoxification, toxins will always build up in the skin, leading to acne, spots, wrinkles and other problems. SO, use makeup remover to remove sunscreen is very important. You can use any type of makeup removers. Do not be lazy, having a great state of skin is wroth for spending 5 mins every day to do the remove sunscreen step. Pic 2: I didn’t use makeup remover to remove sunscreen for a while. Got acne. Pic 3: I started to use makeup remover to remove sunscreen after around 1week. Acne disappeared. PS: any type of sunscreens, makeup remover sand face cleanser are fine. Depend on your choice!
🧬Five Things Need To Know About The Inkey List
Knowing that skincare is a deeply personal (yet essential) component of overall well being, Inkey List takes a unique approach to helping customers achieve their goals. With a central ideology of minimalism, the skincare brand avoids unnecessary ingredients and bulky additives. Understanding that skin care is an individual matter, Inkey List strives to avoid irritants and keep to the basics. In this way, the brand helps skin heal through the power of simplicity. Users get to identify the ingredient best-suited to their unique skin concerns. From there, the brand provides a product that focuses on that inherent simplicity. Instead of extra ingredients - perfumes, exfoliants, astringents, and more - it stays true to the mission and provides users with exactly what’s needed.
Things to do for GREAT SKIN!!
We all want great skin, which is hard because everyone’s skin is different in many ways. But if we all can do this, we can all get the skin we dream about! (Remember everyone’s skin is different)‼️ 1. Cleansing in the morning & evening is a MUST + (going to sleep without removing makeup is a big no!) 2. Moisturize religiously, every single day. It’s the most important thing for your skin, weather it’s oily, combo, dry, doesn’t matter every skin needs to be hydrated!! 3. Do an oil cleanse once in awhile. The simplest way to do this is to clean your face as you always do, then spend 10-15 massaging your face with the oil of your choice. Once your done, gently remove the oil from your face. 4. Apply serums daily. Invest in a good serum that fits your needs & desire, help your skin heal! 5. Nourish at night with products that help your skin heal & restore! 6. Use face mask/treatment once or twice a week. Various face mask can give your skin an extra boost and offer a quick fix for whatever the mask specifically targets. 7. DRINK WATER! It flushes out toxins from your body which will improve your complexion for clearer, glowing skin. It pushes out bacteria reducing the risk of acne or other skin problems. Also helps circulation, and just great for your body overall! 8. Wear sunscreen, even when you can’t see or feel it, it’s damaging your skin and can result in skin cancer, and wrinkles. Why not prevent it?! There’s so many important stuff for your skin, but here’s some. Everyone’s beautiful in their own skin, but don’t forget your skin needs you as much as you need it!😉
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