Skincare should be a way to pamper your skin and restore balance to your life. But with so many beauty and skincare products to choose from, plus all the advice of your friends, it can be hard to figure out what’s truth and what’s an old wive’s tale! With so many opinions out there, not to mention so many different skin types, what’s a girl to do? As an authority in skincare, dedicated to creating all-natural, cruelty-free products, we encounter these skincare myths every day. Here’s what you need to know:
Myth 1: Squeaky clean skin is the key to a healthy glow.
Fact: Sorry, but squeaky clean skin actually means you’ve stripped all of the skin’s natural layer of oil off of it and you need to replace it ASAP. Choosing the right toner, serums and moisturizer is essential to restoring your skin’s moisture. Look for products that are created with moisture in mind and designed to deliver that moisture back to your skin quickly during and after cleansing.
Myth 2: Hot water opens your pores for better cleansing.
Fact: Despite this common misconception, pores don’t actually “open and close.” Hot water can actually dehydrate your skin and strip its natural protective barrier. Lukewarm water is ideal for cleansing the skin – if your skin is red after washing, your water is too hot!
Myth 3: I can solve all my skincare worries with the right products.
Fact: This is partially true. Skincare products made with high quality natural ingredients that are scientifically engineered to maximize their effectiveness do make a big difference in addressing your skincare concerns like acne and aging. But, lifestyle factors and genetics also play a big role in how your skin reacts over time. Certain foods can cause inflammation and breakouts, despite the products you’re using. Once you’ve invested in your skincare routine, make sure you’re living a healthy life to support your skin from the inside out.
Myth 4: Scrubbing hard gets my skin cleaner.
Fact: Actually, scrubbing hard can damage your skin. In fact, many drugstore scrubs are so harsh, they cause micro-tears in your skin. Exfoliating is an essential part of a skincare routine, but the right product will do the work for you, no scrubbing required. Don’t exfoliate more than 2 or 3 times a week, and always give your skin a chance to recover in between.
Myth 5: I need to feel a product working for it to be good.
Fact: Wrong! Feeling a burning sensation does not mean a product is working better. If you ever feel this, remove the product immediately with a cool cloth. This type of reaction could indicate you have sensitive skin or even an allergy to the product. A little bit of tingling is normal with certain products, but any more than that indicates the product is too strong for your skin.
Myth 6: Oily skin is a problem.
Fact: Oil is actually essential to the health of your skin. It’s natural lubrication and protection for your skin. Constantly removing this layer away can actually cause more breakouts because your skin begins to overproduce oil to replace what your skincare products are stripping away. However, most cleansers strip the oil from your skin so it’s essential to use a lightweight daily moisturizer to restore this layer of moisture to your skin. If your skin tends to be overly oily, a mattifying moisturizer can help you avoid looking shiny throughout the day.
Myth 7: My skin looks better with a tan.
Fact: While you may prefer your skin with a little color on it, if you could take a closeup view of your skin you’d see that tanning actually damages the skin. Over time, excessive tanning can lead to premature aging, permanent discolorations and even skin cancer. Dermatologists recommend wearing sunscreen every single day, regardless of the weather or your time spent in the sun. While many makeups contain a small amount of SPF, you’d have to wear several layers of makeup to actually get this level of protection. Instead, use a daily moisturizer with a high SPF to protect your skin from early aging.
Myth 8: Any sunscreen is good sunscreen.
Fact: Not all sun rays are created equal, and neither are all sunscreens. There are three kinds of ultraviolet rays: UVA, UVB and UVC. UVA rays penetrate the skin deeply and alter the pigmentation, forming a tan. UVB rays primarily cause sunburns, and UVC rays actually burn off in the atmosphere before reaching your skin. Choose a sunscreen that offers broad spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB, with a minimum SPF of 15.
Myth 9: Popping a pimple is the best way to get rid of it.
Fact: The best way to deal with a pimple is gentle pressure, when the time is right. Be patient. When a whitehead does finally appear on a pimple, use a light touch or better yet, an extractor, to remove the pus. When you try to pop a pimple before it’s ready, or use too much pressure even when there’s a whitehead, you actually push a lot of the bacteria and pus deeper into the skin, causing more breakouts. The resulting inflammation will make it harder to remove the pus, leading to a much longer recovery period.
Myth 10: Expensive skincare products work better.
Fact: It depends on the product! It’s more about the ingredients than the price tag. Look for high quality, natural ingredients that have been proven to work. Seek out products that combine these ingredients with scientific development to maximize their effectiveness and your results. While this type of product does typically cost more than a drugstore pick, the greater effectiveness of the products means using less over time, which extends your investment.
With so many products and techniques to choose from, skincare can feel really complicated. Here at Quench MicroWater Complex, we believe in keeping it simple with the highest quality, all-natural skincare products that bridge the gap between traditional skincare methods and current technology and trends. Our skincare dates back to centuries-old Japanese practices, and we believe skincare should be meditative, not stressful. Shop our line of 8 natural skincare products and follow us on Instagram to learn more about giving your skin the treatment it deserves.