Skincare Myths

When it comes to beauty and the abundance of products available, a little fact-checking goes a long way.   There’s no time for skin care myths or urban legends when you’re talking about skincare.  Even motherly (and grandmotherly) advice, for that matter, still needs to be second-guessed.

So, to help separate fact from fiction, we have compiled some valuable information that will save you both time and money while avoiding the game of trial and error.

Retinol

If you’ve tried retinol and it irritates your skin, read on before you stop using it.  Retinol is noted as the queen of anti-aging but, when it comes with recurring side effects, including redness, dryness, and flaking, then you need to rethink this.  Instead of parting ways, first change up how you are using it.  Of course, your skin is expected to be dry and irritated, when you first start using retinol.  Instead of discontinuing retinol completely, try to decrease how often you are applying it or decrease the strength of the retinol.  After some time, your skin will adapt and you can increase the frequency and then strength.  

Another very important key here is the amount you are using.  No more than a pea-size amount is needed for your entire face.  You may also want to try to mix it with a tiny bit of your daily night cream for a little added moisture.

Eye Creams
Have you heard that keeping your eye cream in the refrigerator prolongs its shelf life?  Well, it will last just as long storing it in your closet or drawer.  Your body’s temperature will immediately warm the cold cream when applied to your skin.  Cold temperatures will reduce swelling, so if that is your goal, use a cold compress or a tool such as a jade roller for de-puffing.

Costs of Skincare Products

So, we do have some good news for you.  The term “you get what you pay for” is not always true when it comes to skincare products.  For instance, Vaseline, an underrated product, is one of the least expensive skincare products out there.   It’s all about the formulation. On the other hand, Vitamin C product costs differ greatly and it truly does make a difference.   Our recommendation is to find a medical-grade Vitamin C.  Medical grade products are tested for shelf stability and efficacy which is important in a product like Vitamin C because it is notoriously unstable.  Medical grade Vitamin C also has higher levels of this superstar antioxidant.  Bottom line, this is a product to do your homework on, and ask your facialist for recommendations that will work best for your skin. 

Learn more about key ingredients when you seek out your cleansers and moisturizes to know what you are truly getting and not just brand names in beautiful boxes.

Oily Skin

If your skin is oily, you may assume you can skip out on your moisturizer since you are already starting out a little slick.  What you may not know is that oily skin can still get dehydrated and can actually be the cause of your excessive oil.  Using a moisturizer formulated for oily skin on a regular basis can help balance out the oil production in your skin.

Topical Products Can Work as Well as Injectables

You will see numerous claims that boast skincare products that are as good as Botox.  Unfortunately, the answer to this is no and it comes with a capital N.  This is one of the biggest skin care myths around. Topical skincare products work differently than injectables.  They are extremely important for sun protection, antioxidants, moisturization, and exfoliation but they simply cannot achieve the things that injectables can.  For instance, Botox, is working between the nerve and the muscle. Topical products simply can’t penetrate deep enough to have the same effect.  The same goes for injectable fillers that add volume to the skin in a way that topicals are just not able.  We will say that topical products work together with injectables as they can help prolong the effects.

The SPF In Your Sunscreen

When you look at the number on your bottle, do you think bigger is better?  Again, we will say no.  The SPF measures the product’s protection against UVB rays, the ones that cause sunburn. The difference in UVB protection between an SPF 100 and an SPF 50 is minimal and does not provide double the blockage. SPF 100 blocks 99% of UVB rays, while SPF 50 blocks 98, and an SPF 30 blocks 96.7% of UVB rays.  Therefore, it is recommended to stick with a broad-spectrum formula—that blocks both UVA and UVB rays—with at least an SPF 30. Another important fact is that if you are going to be out in the sun all day, reapply frequently, at least every 2 hours.  

And while we’re on the topic of sunscreen, another one of those skin care myths is that it’s only for summertime.  It’s for 365 days a year, indoors and out.  It is the number one best thing you can do for the health of your skin.

Dark Circles

Do those dark circles around your best friend’s eyes mean she’s pulling a lot of all-nighters? No, it means the blood and fluids around the eye aren’t circulating efficiently causing her to have discoloration.  Lack of sleep can definitely be a cause but it’s usually more than that.  It often means that you lack iron or aren’t getting enough oxygen.   Also, as we age, the skin gets thinner, so these dark circles appear more.  Most eye creams don’t do a lot for this unless they contain caffeine which is known to help boost circulation and constrict the blood vessels.

Genetics

Genetics definitely plays a role in our overall health, but aging skin is determined by many factors.  For instance, you may have been born with good genes, but your teen summers spent sunbathing might take precedence not to mention other things like pollution, stress, and smoking.

At Eastside Skin Care and Laser Center, our experienced and dedicated skin care team can help you with your skin care regime.  Call us at 586-480-0480 to schedule a Skin Care Regime Consultation at one of our 3 offices conveniently located in Macomb, Rochester, or Roseville.  You can also reach out to us on our contact form.

You can feel confident knowing you’ll get high-quality care and service for all of your skin care needs at Eastside Skin Care and Laser Center while benefiting from the latest skin care techniques available including injectables, fillers, chemical peels, microblading, microneedling, custom facials, IPL, Ultherapy and more.

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