Skin Care Myths Clients Should Stop Believing

Despite what some social media sites or beauty blogs share, most skin woes don’t have a magical fix. So how can anyone tell good advice from bad?

 

The following lists the truths regarding some online remedies for skin care.

 

1. You don't need sunscreen on a cloudy day. 

Even on a cloudy day, UV radiation from the sun reaches the earth's surface. So make sure you use sunscreen everyday and reapply it every two hours as well after swimming or sweating.

2. Natural does not mean safe.

Most natural products are made WITHOUT Parabens, Sulfates, Petrochemicals, Synthetic emulsifiers, Alcohol, Artificial Colors, Mineral Oil and Artificial fragrances. They are also Non-toxic and Chemical Free, you cant go wrong with that! 

3. Lemon juice is a great treatment for blackheads.

Lemon juice is more irritating than it is helpful, and it can seriously burn skin when exposed to sunlight.

4. Washing your face multiple times a day may cause dryness.

Ideally you should wash your face twice a day and any additional times as necessary. DON'T FORGET TO MOISTURIZE!

5. Everyone needs a toner.

Toners can only help select people. Over-drying and irritation is a concern for those with dry skin.

6. Cellulite creams firm skin.

The results are inconsistent, minor and temporary, if experienced.

7. The SPF in makeup or moisturizer is enough.

You should look for products that provide broad spectrum coverage with at least 30 SPF. Most tinted moisturizers contain an SPF of 15 or 20. After moisturizing, you should apply a thin layer of SPF before applying your makeup.

8. There are rules about when to start anti-aging products.

The facial aging process is influenced by a combination of genetics, environment and behaviors, as well as how well, in general, someone takes care of her body. To take care of your skin and prevent signs of aging, it’s recommended to use a daily facial sunscreen and maintain a healthy diet.

9. Hand sanitizer can be used to tone down oily skin.

Hand sanitizers contain alcohol as an antiseptic, which doesn’t work against acne. For most people, it also dries out their skin. 

10. Chocolate does not cause acne.

While there might be a relationship between diet and acne, it is primarily dairy products and low-quality carbohydrates (simple sugars) that are most responsible.

11. Neosporin is a magical zit treatment.

Since the driving force behind acne is inflammation, a topical antibiotic, such as Neosporin, is not an effective means to eliminate acne.

12. Toothpaste can't irritate a pimple.

Toothpaste can actually be very irritating to the skin, causing redness and peeling when applied to a pimple.

13. Calamine can't dry a pimple.

It’s sulfur-based and drying! Calamine lotion soothes redness and reduces the outbreak of acne by absorbing the excess oil produced by over-stimulated sebaceous glands.

14. You should be open to using at-home products laying around your house for skin care.

Examples include rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide and breaking open liquid gel pain relievers. The best solution is to use a product that’s actually designed for your skin and acne.

15. Egg whites shrink pores.

Egg whites might make your skin feel tighter just by drying and sitting on your skin, but they won’t do much else. 

16. Coconut oil will make wrinkles disappear.

 While it might be an effective moisturizer, it cannot relieve pre-existing age spots or wrinkles.

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6 Foods for Glowing Skin

For eats that let you look as good as you feel, here is the ultimate healthy menu.

I love the idea that what you put in your body can not only fuel your energy and support overall wellness, but also show up in a radiant complexion and flawless skin.

Omega 3. Wild Salmon is one of the best food sources for omega-3 fatty acids and protein. This fish is also known for its dialed-up levels of vitamin D and selenium. Sardines, oysters and mackerel also supply this beauty food. Not a fish lover? One 200-calorie serving of walnuts has 2776 mg of omega-3 essential fatty acids and is a great source of protein and copper, a mineral that supports collagen production.

Coconut oil. Slather it on the skin or suck down a spoonful and glow! Blend up a cucumber in your green smoothie or blend it with a little water or aloe (it didn’t make the list but this is way up there!) and use the fresh cool mask as a pick me up.

Ginseng. This plant extract provides essential nutrients and has antioxidant properties. Use it as an oil mask for a natural toner, or add it to your morning tea.

Turmeric. Add a few shakes to lemon water, add it to protein rub or blend it in a smoothie. Mix turmeric with equal parts honey and yogurt and use as a DIY facemask. This mask moisturizes and exfoliates skin and will leave your face feeling fresh and clean.

Spinach. This leafy green contains a slew of nutrients that support skin health. Sip a green juice while on-the-go.

Lemon. Rich in Vitamin C, this citrus fruit will help your body purge excess water weight and balance the sodium and potassium levels in your cells. Add a slice of lemon to a mug of warm water in the morning to support healthy digestion or squeeze onto your salad when dining out.