There are many tales floating around the skin care world. One that we know for sure is that quick fixes and miracle regimens rarely work. With all the myths circulating about skin care, it’s difficult to know which treatments we should try and which to steer clear of.
Here are three common myths that women make when it comes to skin care.
Myth: I don’t have to change my products when the season changes
- Fact: Spending just a few minutes outside on a cold day can immediately affect your skin: areas that aren’t covered start to sting, feel dry and tight. And if you stay out in the cold for too long, it can lead to broken vessels, leading to redness and even bruising on the face.
- Fact: Using products like cream moisturiser with SPF15 or higher will help protect skin from UV damage during cold and sunny days. A deep moisturising night cream will also help keep skin hydrated and flexible. Look for ones that contain glycerine (to draw moisture into skin) and petrolatum (to prevent moisture loss) for optimal hydration.
Myth: There’s no right or wrong way to apply face cream
- Fact: Contrary to popular belief, there is a correct and incorrect way to apply moisturiser. Always wash your hands before applying any skin products to prevent infection of any kind. Put the recommended amount of the cream on your fingertips and apply it to your face, avoiding the sensitive eye area. Start in the centre of your face, applying the product upward so you don’t pull your skin down. Make sure you apply cream evenly and massage it in very lightly. Never rub cream in as this can contribute to your skin sagging. If your skin looks and feels oily, use a tissue to absorb the excess.
- Fact: You should use eye cream to moisturise and nourish the skin around the eyes. Dot the cream slightly away from your eyes to avoid irritation, then use smoothing strokes from the inside of your eye to the outside.
Myth: I don’t need eight hours of sleep to look good
- Fact: There’s truth behind the term ‘beauty sleep’. While we sleep, our skin and bodies are in repair mode. Not getting enough sleep can lead to a number of skin issues. Some show up immediately and others are the result of weeks, or even years, of insufficient sleep. You may start to see more fine lines and saggier skin — eek!
- Fact: Your skin is also more vulnerable to moisture loss and may be slower to heal from sunburn if you don’t get enough z’s. If you’ve had a rough night, use a cream cleanser with a facial scrub to help get rid of dead skin cells and stimulate a radiant complexion.Afterwards, try a moisturiser with niacinimide to brighten dull skin.
- Fact: It’s important to follow a skin care regime before going to bed. This can help you wake up with healthy-looking skin in the morning. Always take off your make-up before going to bed, make sure you cleanse your skin properly and moisturise every night, too. Do this at least 20 minutes before you go bed to allow the moisturiser to absorb.