5 Skincare Myths You Shouldn't Believe
The part of skincare we weren't prepared for was everyone turning into a skincare consultant. Everyone seems to have an opinion of how skincare works and what should or shouldn’t be done. Like, Using a foam cleanser does not necessarily mean the cleanser will cleanse better. Yeah! I know you’ve always thought otherwise. The best "skin" cleansing, oils and balms are formulated so that when combined with water, they create a milky emulsion that helps wash away the oil and makeup on the skin. They work as self-emulsifying surfactants, and they are "water-loving", oil-soluble, which helps them interact with water for an easy rinse. Example is the prime the glow gel cleanser
Skincare isn’t one size fits all, you need to unlearn all you’ve learnt from your self-acclaimed dermatologist friends. We are going to debunk five skincare myths to help you make better and informed decisions in your skincare journey.
Skincare Myth 1
Natural Ingredients Are More Effective Than Synthetic Ingredients.
When we refer to “synthetic” skincare we are talking about products that incorporate laboratory and scientifically derived ingredients. And natural ingredients included in skincare are also scientifically tested. Many natural extracts used as cosmetic ingredients are available as solutions prepared in what we call "carrier solvents", such as propylene glycol, butylene glycol, propanediol and glycerin, enabling them to attain the quality you desire in a product.
At Nashé Beauty, we use traditional African knowledge, passed on from our grandmothers and mothers, and modern skincare science to craft cruelty-free products for all skin types, even those with sensitive skin. Products you will want to use every day in your beauty ritual. If you’re having serious issues with your skin, seek the expertise of a dermatologist who can make a recommendation of what products will likely work best for your specific needs.
Skincare Myth 2
You Don't Need Moisturizer If You Have Oily Skin.
Your skin needs a moisturizer even though it is oily. Yes! You do not need rich moisturizers with emollients (oils), but this does not mean the skin does not lack water. Go for either a gel base cream or an oil-free emulsion with a combination of humectants (glycerin, lactic acid, sodium PCA, sodium hyaluronate is recommended).
Skincare Myth 3
There Is No Such Thing As Over-exfoliating.
Yes, exfoliating does have its benefits, including helping to slough away dead skin cells which could be responsible for your dull looking complexion that has built up on your skin’s surface over time. But you can overdo it and cause irritation to your skin. The answer to how many times a week you should exfoliate varies from person to person. Some can handle daily exfoliation, while others may only need to do it once or twice a week. Pay attention to how your skin responds after you exfoliate to help determine how often you should incorporate this step into your skin care routine. It's best to use this gel exfoliant to protect your skin from harmful abrasion caused by manual exfoliants.
Skincare Myth 4
The Higher The SPF, The Better The Sun Protection.
A higher SPF means more protection from UVB radiation and slower the rate of burning, however this does not mean you don't need to re-apply as often. According to skincancer.org, SPF 30 allows about 3 percent of UVB rays to hit your skin while SPF of 50 allows about 2 percent of those rays through. You can not rely on the SPF 50 - 500 minutes, 8 hours of sun protection data to calculate your own re-application time unfortunately. Rain or shine (outside, driving, indoors close proximity window) you should be re-applying your sunscreen every 2 hours to protect against both UVA and UVB (hence broad-spectrum recommended). In summary, the re-application time frame is not affected by the SPF factor you apply.
Skincare Myth 5
Oil and Serum Are The Same.
Oil is not a serum. Your facial oil products should be used either on top of your moisturizer (and we would only really recommend this at night), or you can add 3-4 drops of the oil to your moisturizer. Oil is hydrophobic, which means it repels water whereas serums are formulated to be hydrophilic, meaning it attracts water and can be hydrating on the skin. Serums also can contain more active ingredients and therefore is recommended to be applied on cleansed skin, before any moisturizer or oil. Serums like the anti-wrinkle serum. However, oils will come last.
We hope this cleared up some of the major misconceptions that are floating around in the skincare world, and helped you distinguish between what really works and what does not. Curate your skincare routine based on what works for you. Always steer clear of any misinformation, and look out for reliable and credible sources for your information. Please feel free to write to us at any time to know more about a product, an ingredient or any other query you may have!