Throughout the many years that I’ve worked in the aesthetics and skincare industry, I’ve come across a whole load of myths. While some ancient practices and old wife’s tales do work, there are a lot of myths that need debunking. With my blog and social media, it’s my mission to educate both my clients and potential clients on skincare that genuinely works. Therefore, common skincare myths seemed like a great place to get started. So, allow me to educate you on skincare that is truly achievable.
Myth no.1 – You can get rid of dark circles and puffy eyes quickly.
While there are plenty of products and treatments on the market that promise to banish your under-eye bags overnight, it’s simply not possible. There is no quick fix when it comes to dealing with dark shadows and puffy eyes. No amount of uninterrupted sleep, use of refrigerated jade rollers or serums will change the appearance quickly.
Puffy under-eye bags are one of the most common skin complaints, and I understand why. But here’s the bad news, dark circles tend to worsen over time, if you don’t take care of your skin and they’re often hereditary. Because of this, it can be hard to irradicate dark circles completely. Instead, we should aim to conceal and relieve dark circles and puffy under-eye bags.
So, instead of spending your money on products and treatments that promise to banish them, shift the focus onto why you have them and how you can conceal them if you wish. In some cases, dark circles and puffy eyes are the results of an underlying skin condition or health concern, so, rather than looking for a quick fix, seek help from an expert skincare specialist. Remember, as with all skin conditions; different approaches suit different people, there’s no ‘one size fits all’ treatment.
Myth no.2 – Tanning is good for your skin.
Sure, when we jet off on holiday and get a nice tan, we often get complimented on our bronze complexion as we give off the illusion of good health. However, it’s always not the case. While sun exposure does offer various health benefits, such as boosting Vitamin D, too much tanning can have a detrimental effect on our skin. From skin cancer to sunburn and ageing prematurely, a suntan isn’t always as cute as it looks. We all know the risks of sitting in the sun for prolonged periods without any protection, so, be aware of them next time you want to ditch the SPF in favour of a deep tan – it won’t last, but the damage will!
Furthermore, tanning beds are the absolute enemy yo our skin. While it might give you a decent tan, there are absolutely no health benefits associated. It’s simply not worth the risk.
Myth no.3 – There is no such thing as washing your face too often.
If your skincare routine is full of exfoliators, cleansers and toners, washing your face too often can hinder your efforts for great skin. While you may think the cleaner, the better, this isn’t always the case. Over-washing your face can lead to sensitivity, dryness and skin irritation. So, we should be sensible with our washing to avoid stripping our skin of its natural oils. Sometimes, water is all you need.
Myth no.4 – Cosmetics with SPF in offer the same protection as sunscreen or a standalone SPF product.
When you apply your makeup, and it’s got SPF in it, you can’t automatically presume that your skin is protected from UV rays. The SPF you find in sunscreen refers to UVB protection, whereas most cosmetics refer to UVA protection. Confusing right? In a nutshell, relying on getting both kinds of protection solely from our makeup often means we’re not getting adequate protection from sun damage. If you’re going to be out in the sun, it’s best to use both. If you’re concerned about greasy looking skin or clogging your pores, there are plenty of lightweight SPF products on the market that will work for you.
Top tip: SPF products that include zinc and titanium dioxide possess amazing qualities beyond protecting your skin. They’re also great for hydrating and repairing your skin!
I hope you enjoyed my first blog post. Stay tuned for plenty more skincare wisdom coming your way very soon.