By Rebecca Mabee
What’s up guys? For today’s agenda, I thought of discussing about myths in skin care. I definitely received a lot of ridiculous things floating online and some people actually think that they are true so I thought it would be good if I sat down and discuss about it. I saw different kinds of issues and will show you guys what I’ve seen and debunk them for you, telling you why they’re not true, why they are a myth and why some, if not most, of them would not work. So let’s get into it.
So, for my first myth, I decided to go with the fact that people think you can get acne just because you don’t wash your face and that’s really not true at all. If it’s just as simple as not washing your face, I don’t think anybody would have acne. I don’t think it would be a super bad acne. With cystic acne, that would be washing their face like everyday, trying to get rid their acne. So it just seems a little bit outrageous to me, I mean that definitely gave me a part of it. If you’re not taking care of your skin, if you’re not cleaning it properly, if you’re not using the right soap for your skin, it would make you break out. This is not the main reason why you have acne so I definitely would leave that one for you, to kind of let you know that that is definitely a myth. So, keep washing your face but don’t think that just because you didn’t wash your face or you don’t wash it enough, that’s the only reason why you have acne.
Anything that’s natural or chemical free must be better for you than other skin care products. That’s definitely one that needs to be addressed right now because a lot of products, a lot of companies (especially acne companies) are more like, “Oh our company’s natural” “It is quite amazing” “it’s good for your skin and being more organic and natural is way better for you.” In some cases, that stuff is really true but it kind of depends on the person. A good example is things like skin peels or chemical peels for your face. A lot of ingredients that some companies use are natural but does that mean it’s good for your skin? That it’s better for your skin than something else? Absolutely not! Not everybody needs the chemical peel.. not everybody needs the natural organic products.. It’s just something that can benefit and help you if it’s right for your skin. So my advice to you if you do use natural, organic products is that you pay attention to the expiration date and remember that preservatives in your products can grow molds or they can grow yeast like really fast so you definitely need to check those expiration dates and just remember that just because it’s natural and organic doesn’t mean it’s the right skin care for you or that it’s gonna be better than anything else. You need to make sure that you’re doing your own research, you need to make sure you pay attention to the ingredients and you need to kinda get to know your skin before you make the natural jump or go all natural. You definitely need to know what’s right for your skin.
Myth #3 is about washing your face with hot water and how it is going to be the best way to open up your pores and the best way to clean your skin. So I would definitely say this is a myth because with extremely hot water or really hot water, it may open your pores however you might end up drying your skin. You might end up with your stripping off your skin’s natural and protective barrier. You might strip nutrients from your skin as well if the water is too hot. So it’s best to use lukewarm water instead - something that is not scalding hot - like steam is really good for your skin. Steam is definitely a good one but taking a hot, scalding shower or washing your face with hot water because you want to open your pores is definitely not good for your skin. I would say just warm water would be my best bet because warm water really does help open your pores.
Okay, myth #4. So these are for the people that tell you that if it burns, it’s working. And I’m here to tell you that it’s definitely not true. If it’s burning on your skin, you need to remove it with a washcloth. You need to get it off your face because burning sensation could mean that you have sensitive skin or it could mean you are having an allergic reaction. It could mean a whole bunch of different things so when it’s stinging, it doesn’t mean that it’s not working (most of the time). It could be harming your skin and doing damage and you don’t even know about it.
Myth #5 is going to be the fact that people say that the harder you scrub, the more it looks clean, the better your skin is and that is not true. Actually, that freaks me out because I know what overdoing it can actually do to your skin. It can do way more harm than good. You could be stripping off live skin cells. You could be putting holes or microscopic scrapes on your face. It could cause irritation and dryness, it could cause other skin problems that you could come up with. So just because it’s super scrubby doesn’t mean it’s right for your skin and just because you’re scrubbing for 15 minutes doesn’t mean your exfoliating. You could be exfoliating the dead skin but you could be exfoliating the live skin cells as well and those skin cells are not ready to come off and that could cause a lot more problems than you think you are already having. I hardly manually exfoliate because I do more like chemical exfoliation by using Pumpkin Enzyme Masque from BANISH. This is one of my favorites because it’s chemically exfoliating your skin so there’s literally no scrubbing at all. The Pumpkin Enzyme Masque -- the ingredients in it -- is actually working chemically to eat up the dead skin cells and help your skin look super amazing.
For my final myth, this one’s probably like the most important one to me because I would get this and I still hear this everyday, all the time. Someone mentioned, in one way or another, that if you have oily skin, you don’t need a moisturizer anymore. This is definitely a myth because a lot of times, if you have oily skin or if your skin changed and become more oily, this is probably because you’re dehydrated and that’s usually a big indicator because if your skin’s dehydrated, then it’s going to become more oily because it’s sending oil to the surface to kind of moisturize your skin and keep it hydrated so therefore you have more oil on the face. The thinking that “Oh if I have oil and I put moisturizer on it, my skin is gonna be more greasy” is not necessarily true. You need to find a moisturizer that works for you. You need to find a moisturizer for oily skin. You need to drink water and hydrate yourself to help rehydrate your skin. Just because you have oily skin does not mean you shouldn’t use a moisturizer because everybody needs moisture in their life.
So this basically wraps everything up for today. These are the 6 myths that I tried to debunk for you. Being a licensed aesthetician, I do get a lot of questions similar to this so hopefully I was able to help out in answering some of them. Bye for now! xoxo