Skin Care Misconceptions

There are so many misconceptions when it comes to skin care that come from a variety of places.  Today I’ll be explaining a few of the most popular I’ve heard from clients.

People with oily skin shouldn’t moisturize.

This is totally NOT TRUE!  Everyone, regardless of skin type, needs to moisturize.  Oily skin should avoid oil, not moisture.  Hints the description oily.  Oily skin feels greasy and makes your face shiny.  No one wants to deal with that.  Moisturizer provides the necessary moisture your skin needs.  SOLUTION:  Use an oil-free moisturizer.  This will give you the moisture you need without adding to the oil your skin naturally over produces.

Scrubbing my face will make it cleaner.

When I worked at the makeup counter I had a customer, a young guy probably about 18 or 19, tell me that he wanted something that felt like a brillo pad to clean his face because no to brillo padthat’s the only way it felt clean.

Please, please, please do not scrub your face too hard.  The skin on your face is very sensitive and can bruise easily.  Scrubbing hard will not get your skin any cleaner.  In fact, it will irritate it and make it more sensitive to the products you use…..and it’ll lead to a whole other set of problems.  So if you cleanse your face twice a day using good products you won’t need to scrub.

You only need sunscreen on sunny days.  And you only need sunscreen if you are outside for long periods of time.

cloudy day rays

And the sun’s rays pass through glass (obviously) so while you’re driving your car, you’re not outside but you are still affected by the sun’s rays.

Expensive skin care products work better.

Good skin care products can be pricey, however, just because a product is expensive does not mean it will work.  For example, I am not a fan of any department store skin care.  Brands like Estee Lauder, Lancome, and MAC all have skin care.  In looking at ingredients for some of their products they are mostly fillers.  And products from these brands can be very expensive.  I’d rather spend money on products used at spas or at least sold at stores that focus on skin care.  These brands sell skin care, makeup, perfume…..too much.  Pick an area and master it.  Just my opinion though.

I’m allergic to facials.


This one is ridiculously funny to me.  Now, people can be allergic to ingredients to certain products but not to a whole facial.  What a lot of people don’t understand is that there is a chance your skin can purge after a facial, meaning bring the impurities to the surface.  It doesn’t happen to everyone but it is a possibility.  I had a client say she was allergic to facials because she broke out after one; I tried to explain it to her but she didn’t get it.  If you go from not cleansing your face at all or “cleansing” it with water only your skin isn’t used to being cleansed properly.  A facial gives a deep cleanse and uses professional products.  The purging is  your skin’s way of getting rid of all the junk in the pores from not being cleansed correctly.

Once the skin purges you should have a clearer complexion.  The problem is a lot of people don’t want to do anything at home, get a facial once a month or once every other month and expect all their skin issues to go away.  It doesn’t work like that.  You have to put in work.  80% of what you skin looks and feels like comes from what you do at home.  An esthetician or dermatologist can only do so much.

What other  crazy myths have you guys heard?  I want to hear about them!

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