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ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS: ​Trick or Treat Your Skin this Halloween

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Trick or Treat Your Skin this Halloween

Debunking 15 Common Skin Care Myths



Skin Care Myths‘Tis the time for trick or treating yet again! Time to don your costumes and go door-to-door, grabbing as many treats as your pumpkins can hold. Or trick unsuspecting victims with your best scares.

But before you leave your homes and expose your skin to all sorts of nasty, take the time to educate yourselves regarding some of the common skin care myths this Halloween. Better not trick, but treat your skin!

1. You don’t need to start using eye cream yet

Did you know that the skin around the eyes is thinner and thus more delicate than the rest of your face? Because of this, it is never too early to start using eye cream. Eye cream helps to nourish the skin and keep it moisturized, preventing wrinkles, dark circles, and puffiness. Check out our Advanced Firming Eye Cream here.

2. Antibacterial soap is best to keep skin clean

While it is impossible to keep our skin completely free of any bacteria, the excessive use of antibacterial soap is not the best course of action to take because, as many experts believe, the use of antibacterial soap could possibly lead to more antibiotic-resistant bacteria. You may use antibacterial soap, but not on a daily basis. In fact, regular soap is fine. What actually helps prevent the spread of infection is thorough and consistent hand-washing.

3. Chocolate and oily foods cause acne and oily skin

If you’re a chocolate lover like myself, there is good news! It is not the chocolate or oily foods that cause acne and oily skin, but the substance called sebum, which is secreted by the skin. (Of course this does not excuse us from bingeing on all the chocolates, chips, and fried foods we can!)

4. You don’t need to use moisturizer if you have oily skin

This I am personally guilty of because I have extremely oily skin! What I didn’t know was that there are a number of other factors that can damage moisture barrier, even that of oily skin. Factors such as pollution, UV rays, and excessive cleansing can cause loss of moisture, which eventually leads to an increase in oil production. Unless the moisture lost is replaced, your face can end up looking even shinier than normal. Check out our Daily Moisturizing Lotion with 15% Vitamin C here.

5. Repeated sun exposure is dangerous

There is no doubt that spending too much time under the sun or in a tanning booth increases the risk of skin cancer, especially without the use of sunscreen. Since skin cancer is related to the total lifetime sun exposure and frequency of sunburns, excessive tanning exacerbates this risk. However, repeated but careful sun exposure or tanning is not dangerous. When taking the correct precautions (i.e., using sunscreen of at least SPF 30, thoroughly applying and reapplying it when necessary, and avoiding peak sun exposure times), there is no need for alarm. Check out our Sunless Tanning Lotion here.

6. You don’t need sunscreen if it’s not sunny

Just because you don’t see the sun during the day doesn’t mean your skin does not get exposed. And because your skin’s health depends on how much lifetime sun exposure you’ve had, you still increase the damage to your skin over time even when the skies are gray. In fact, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, you can still get burned even on cloudy days.

7. Tanned people are healthier

Inasmuch as skin color does not determine a person’s behavior, so too does one’s tan determine his or her health. The only thing certain is the health benefits of sun exposure. Remember that sunlight activates vitamin D in the skin, and vitamin D helps keep bones strong, lowers the risk of certain cancers, and boosts the immune system. Beauty may be skin deep, but health is not. To keep yourself truly healthy, be mindful of how much sunlight you’re getting (or not) and how vitamin D is in your diet.

8. The higher your sunscreen’s SPF, the better

While this sounds logical, there is little added benefit when it comes to higher SPFs above a certain level. The general recommendation of experts is using sunscreen of at least SPF 30. At this level, about 97% of UVB radiation is blocked out. Unless you plan to be under the sun for more than 2-3 hours, especially between 10am and 2pm, a higher SPF may just be added expense.

9. You don’t need SPF on your lips

SPF on your lips?! Absurd, right? But believe it or not, lips can burn as well from too much sun exposure. If you wouldn’t want the rest of your face to be exposed to the sun’s harshness, why wouldn’t you do the same for your lips? Make it a point to always carry with you some lip balm (check out our Organic Lip Balm here) to keep your lips moisturized; better still if it is formulated with broad-spectrum SPF.

10. Crossing your legs causes varicose veins

The leading cause of varicose veins are your parents; it is primarily hereditary. Other factors include smoking, inactivity, high blood pressure, pregnancy, obesity, and standing for extended amounts of time. Elevating your legs or using compression stockings may be helpful in treating varicose veins. Otherwise, crossing your legs has nothing to do with it. I swear! Cross my legs and hope to die! ;)

11. Sleeping in your makeup is harmless

While it can be such a chore to wash your face before going to bed after a long and tiring day, there is no better alternative. Trust me, your skin will thank you for it. Makeup left overnight on your face mixes with dirt and oil that leads to clogged pores. Clogged pores lead to breakouts. Breakouts lead to more makeup. And the vicious cycle continues!

12. It’s all right to touch your face

This should be a no-brainer! Consider the many things that your hand touches (i.e., door knobs, keyboards, cellphones, hand rails, etc.) before touching your face, and imagine the amount of germs and bacteria your hand transfers from those things to your face. Now, hold that thought. Disgusting, right?

Also, another no-brainer: make sure that your hands are clean before applying skin care products. It makes no sense to apply skin care products with hands that carry all the harmful bacteria themselves.

13. Hot showers are good for your skin

This is another thing I am personally guilty of, especially since I freeze quite easily. I love my hot baths. There is nothing more relaxing. But as it turns out, taking hot showers for too long takes away the skin’s essential oils. Though you may feel rejuvenated at the end of a warm and relaxing bath, your skin may actually be left dry and dehydrated. The solution? Either you shorten the time when taking hot showers, or you take a bath with lukewarm water instead.

14. Steam from hot water opens up your pores

I’ve heard someone say before that taking cold showers after exercising is fine as long as you take them briefly since the coldness of the water will cause the pores of your skin to close, preventing any water from entering your tired body. So, it also makes sense that you use steam from hot water when washing your face, for example, to open those same pores. Guess what—it’s all a myth! Technically speaking, our pores are always open.

15. There’s no such thing as over-exfoliating

While there is a plethora of benefits for exfoliation (i.e., it unclogs pores, prevents, acne, evens skin tone, boosts circulation, stimulates collagen synthesis, etc.), you can still overdo it. When do you know when enough exfoliation is enough? Be sensitive to your skin. If you’re starting to have skin irritations, then you know that it’s time to stop.

Halloween comes but once a year, but taking care of your skin is a daily commitment. Trick-or-treating in your neighborhood happens in one night every year, but it takes a lifetime tricking your skin with a variety of skin care myths or treating it with the love and care it deserves. Remember, you get to hide your face with a different mask every Halloween, but the face that you “wear” on all the other days for the rest of the year is one “mask” that you can never replace.


SOURCES:

https://www.health.harvard.edu/womens-health/dont-fall-for-these-skin-myths

https://www.lorealparisusa.com/beauty-magazine/skin-care/skin-care-essentials/skin-care-myths-debunked.aspx


 

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