Let’s take it back to basics.
A great skincare routine (comprised of excellent products) is the foundation for achieving great skin. However, there are some skin myths that lead people to mistreat their skin and give you the wrong advice when it comes to taking care of your skin properly. We are going to bust a couple of skincare myths so you can make sure that you’re taking all the right steps to take amazing care of your skin.
Skin Care Myth #1: “All skin cleansers do the same thing.”
Not entirely! A good skin cleanser is important because cleansers help break down dirt, environmental debris, oil, and makeup that gets trapped in your pores during the day. All skin cleanser should be able to do those basic things. However, an efficient cleanser does much more. More efficient cleansers assist in activating important hydration receptors in order to flood the lower cells with water to help detoxify the skin and keep your cells working on proper cell renewal. Not all cleaners are created equal, so understanding the difference between store-bought and medical-grade cleaners can definitely help simplify your search for the cleanser that is right for you. All cleansers should do the same thing, but efficient cleansers should do be able to do more than average.
Skin Care Myth #2: “Exfoliating cleansers and exfoliants are the same things.”
Do not confuse these cleansers for being a replacement for a proper exfoliating product. These cleansers are stronger in that they contain higher cleansing active ingredients. They are designed for skin conditions that produce, or are exposed to, larger amounts of oil or contain more oil-producing elements. This can include hot climates, dirty environmental work environments such as kitchens, or even a more polluted environment such as a larger city. These cleansers are not always solely recommended for acne prone skin, and some acne skin types don’t do well on such a strong cleanser. This cleanser will help soften and loosen dead cells for better exfoliation, but will certainly not exfoliate the skin efficiently. If the above does not sound like your skin type or condition, an exfoliating cleanser is not right for you. The unnecessary use of exfoliating cleansers can result in forcing the skin to release more water than your skin reservoir may have or want to release. When this happens, your skins next response is to produce more oil for protection, thus creating an unnecessary loop of oil production.
Did you know that there is something I like to call an inflammatory/oil production loop? Oil production is the skin’s response to trauma or damage and acts as the skin’s defense mechanism. It helps to buffer any irritants, oxidative stress, and any other attacks on the cells. The tiny hairs on the face (known as the vellus hairs) can also stimulate this oil response when it senses an attack. The oil that has been signaled by inflammation, either externally or internally, will perform it’s function and is then released through the barrier function along with dead cells. If there is an abundance of oil due to an abundance of inflammatory factors, it creates a traffic jam of oil. This trapped oil will then create an inflammatory response, producing even more oil. This is the inflammatory oil loop. If you have any signs of redness in the skin, whether you feel your skin is dry, sensitive, combination, or downright oily, you have an underlying oil imbalance that needs to be corrected. Rosacea, a condition characterized by dry dull flaky skin with redness present in the cheeks, nose, chin and forehead, congested skin, acne skin. All of these conditions need proper oil control!
Skin Care Myth #4: “Everyone should add hydrating cleansers to their daily skincare routine.”