We've got our 5 top skincare myths you need to stop believing immediately. When should I start using anti-ageing products? Do I need to wear SPF in winter? The skincare rumour mill is buzzing with myths that urgently need debunking, so read on for some helpful myth busters.
#1 - You don’t need to moisturise if you have oily skin.
Big fat false. Oily skin is typically an overproduction of your skin’s natural sebum in an effort to regulate moisture - so the less moisture = the oilier your skin is likely to be. Using a moisturiser or oil before bed can in fact help to regulate your skin’s oil production, leaving your skin less oily over time (we think that’s a win!). Opt for something lightweight like our Light Moisturiser, or brimming with Hyaluronic Acid (drawing in moisture), like our Ageless Hyaluronic Moisturising Cream.
#2 - You don’t need to start using anti-ageing products until you’re 50+?
This one is really up to you, but a good motto to go by is; ‘the best defence is a good offence’. Starting an anti-ageing regime in your 20’s can help slow the natural loss of collagen and elastin, as well as increase skin cell turnover, helping to minimise the appearance of fine lines, uneven skin tone and more. Start by introducing a few key potent actives into your routine - we recommend Bakuchiol (a natural Retinol alternative) to help cell renewal, and Vitamin C to brighten and smooth skin.
#3 - You don’t need to wear SPF in winter.
Definitely false! While UVB rays may be lessened during the cloudy, colder months, UVA (the rays responsible for ageing and skin damage) is very much present all year long. Not only does wearing a broad spectrum sunscreen all year long help to reduce the visible signs of ageing caused by sun damage, but it’s your best defence against skin cancers. If you want to look younger for longer, SPF is your best friend.
#4 - It’s okay to pop pimples if I’m careful.
We know it’s oh so tempting, and we’re all guilty of it, but it’s always best to leave them alone. Every time you innocently pop a pimple you’re damaging your skin. Once popped, the wound is open and susceptible to inflammation and debris, meaning you could wind up with - you guessed it - more pimples, or other issues popping up in its place. Try a warm washcloth to soothe redness and inflammation, or mask to help boost overall radiance.
#5 - Stress, makeup and chocolate cause acne.
While not entirely true, they do all contribute in their own way. High stress levels can lead to a hormonal imbalance that can send your skin out of whack (we recommend mindful meditation or exercise as great stress relievers!). Improperly removing your makeup can also be contributing to worsening acne (as the pores become clogged), so make sure you’re double cleansing, and wiping away the last of that waterproof foundation in order to let your evening skin care do its job. Finally, chocolate isn’t causing acne, but isn’t entirely innocent either. Any diet high in sugar can worsen acne, as it causes inflammation throughout the body. Sugar spikes cause your body to produce excess sebum and oils, which can be a culprit to acne.
Long story short - stress, makeup and chocolate won’t give you acne, but won’t help acne either.