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Glow like a Pro: Skincare Myths Debunked by Experts

Glow like a Pro: Skincare Myths Debunked by Experts

With so much skincare information floating around the skincare market and so many tik toks trends popping up, even the most knowledgable beauty enthusiasts can be left stumped. We are here with our top skincare myths that have been debunked by board certified dermatologists and skin experts, so anyone can glow like a pro.

The Retinol Sandwich

The retinol sandwich technique involves “sandwiching” a layer of retinol between two layers of moisturizer. Essentially, this is supposed to help reduce the side effects of retinol, which has been a long-time frenemy with those with sensitive skin.

Although sandwiching has become viral lately on Tik Tok, some board-certified dermatologists warn against this trend, as it could affect the overall effectiveness of retinol, blocking and even de-activating it. Moisturizers contain occlusive ingredients in a moisturizer create a barrier to protect skin, making it difficult for other products to absorb.

Nu_age_serumSensitive skin? Opt for a moisturizer than is formulated to include retinol or use products containing encapsulated retinol, using only 1-3 times a week.

SPF on a Cloudy Day

There is a common myth that SPF is not needed on cloudy days, winter months or even indoors.

Both UVA and UVB can cause DNA damage, with Ultraviolet A (UVA) playing the biggest role in aging skin. Ultraviolet B (UVB) is responsible for sunburns, the main culprit associated with skin cancers and melanoma.

Wearing SPF is so important, every day of the year. But did you know that only 25% of UV rays are filtered by clouds?  (2) Dermatologists also note that snow can reflect a large percentage of UV radiation. UVB rays aren’t as prevalent in the winter but UVA rays can penetrate deeply into skin, causing long term damage and also lead to skin cancer. Even when indoors, we are exposed to pollutants and blue light, which also contribute to skin damage and hyperpigmentation. So… please, wear your SPF always.

Once Sensitive Skin Always Sensitive Skin

gentle juju sensitive skin cleanserAlthough some individuals with sensitive might not ever be able to avoid all inflammation triggers, there is hope! Sensitive skin doesn’t have to be a life sentence. There are many factors when it comes to sensitive skin and everyone is different when it comes to ongoing management but here are some general tips:

  • Trying to reduce stress triggers (we get it… easier said than done!)
  • Avoid highly scented products, fragrance and toxic ingredients
  • Choose products that cater to sensitive skin
  • Skin barrier protection
  • Avoid long, hot showers
  • Check your diet and lifestyle
  • Patch test new products
  • Less is more: a basic skincare routine is best

Oily Skin Doesn’t Need a Moisturizer

According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), people with oily skin should be moisturizing daily. A common misconception is that oily skin doesn’t need a moisturizer because it will just exacerbate the excessive oiliness.

Oil Protects, Water Hydrates.  By starving skin from hydration, it will try to compensate by creating more oil! Oily skin requires hydration as much as other skin types. Moisturizing daily will help prevent skin from dehydration, helping protect its hydrolipidic film, and preventing oil glands from going into overdrive to produce more oil.

Klear salicylic acne gel moisturizerThat being said, choosing the right moisturizer is important. Lean towards oil-free and non-comedogenic options. Some skincare ingredients that are best for oily skin are:

  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Niacinamide
  • Centella Asiatica
  • Green tea
  • Glycerin
  • Squalene
  • Lactic acid
  • Algae

Did you Know: Using harsh, drying cleansers can damage the acid mantle, removing the much-needed moisture along with the oil.


Resources

  1. Here’s your sign to STOP ❌ sandwiching your retinol. Board certified dermatologist Robyn Gmyrek. Harpers Bizarre.
  2. Skin Cancer Foundation.