When I stepped into the skin care aisle in grade school, I was sure my skin problems would be whisked away by the fancy bottles and copy writing promises. Even better if the products had before-and-after photos next to them.
What I didn’t realize at that time was that skin care wasn’t a one-size-fits-all situation. In fact, it’s often the exact opposite. Throughout my journey I’ve discovered a few things that work and others that do not. More importantly, I’ve learned eight skin product myths that keep people from having a great relationship with their skin.
Myth #1: Use a “dime-sized” amount of product
This myth started from hair care and somehow made its way into skin care. You may even see companies perpetuate this myth when they apply a fingertip amount in their advertisements.
When in doubt, use a little more product than the amount slotted on the back of the bottle. After all, everyone’s face — from size to absorbency — is different. Two drops of face oil may be too much for balanced oily skin but after it sinks into dehydrated, oily skin, it may turn out to be too little.
Tip: When it’s been a long day of touching your face, eating takeout, picking up anotherquarter you dropped at the coffee shop, you’ll want to treat your face to more than a dime-sized amount of cleanliness. (Same goes for sunscreen, as most people only apply 25 to 50 percent of the needed amount!)
Myth #2: You absolutely need a toner
A standard toner removes excess dirt and oil off the skin before you apply moisturizer. Depending on the brand, they promise to help your skin look brighter and smoother. While I do believe that toner can assist in your beauty routine, not everyone needs it. Too many products can cause build up or a lack of absorption in your products.
I eventually took a minimalist approach to my skin care journey and removed toner. In its place, I added a liquid cell rejuvenator that’s mostly made of aloe vera. It’s a great base to my moisturizer and gives me that bright glow while minimizing my pores. Aloe Vera is very good for your skin that is why we add it as our main ingredient in Aura Prestige Serum, to know more. Click Here!
Tip: If you use toner, I suggest looking up your toner and comparing it with the other products in your routine. You may find it overlaps or isn’t necessary at all.
Myth #3: Makeup wipes are the best way to remove makeup
If you’re prone to hyperpigmentation, makeup wipes can actually cause friction and slowly tear at the skin if you use daily. Plus, a lot of makeup wipes have alcohol, which can cause stinging for sensitive skin.
For more delicate ways to remove makeup, get a cotton pad and baby oil or Coconut Oil. A few drops of oil on the cotton pad, rub your face. Your makeup will 100% removed from your skin. All you need now is to wash your face with a gentle cleanser that suit your skin!
Tip: If you choose to use makeup wipes, try to limit them for long nights out instead.
Myth #4: Price is a good indicator of how well a product works
My combination skin forces me to spend more money on skin products. But I don’t spend a lot on every product. Sometimes a simple product that costs less and has less going on ingredient-wise pays off more. For example, Aura Prestige Serum is only $39.90/ bottle. It helps me minimize my pores, balance oil in my skin, and it is more than enough.
I dont have to buy $100++ on 1 product to solve only 1 of my skin problems.
Tip: You can easily learn to put your money where it matters by researching the star ingredient in your favorite products.
Myth #5: Never touch your face with your hands
Skin myths can emerge from anywhere, especially word of mouth. You may have heard: “Avoid touching your face to prevent acne” but touching alone isn’t the only thing breaking you out. My dermatologist warned me about talking on the phone without headphones and scrolling on my phone and then touching my face afterward. Apparently our phones carry more bacteria than most toilet seats.
Tip: When washing your hands, concentrate on getting in underneath your nails!
Myth #6: A consistent routine is the key to preventing breakouts
A consistent skin care routine isn’t going to save you from breakouts. Breakouts can be a result of anything from internal gut health to stress. In fact, an inflexible routine may hurt you in the long run — the weather can change, you may encounter unexpected stress, or your skin might also just stop responding to your favorite cream. When that happens, your routine needs an adjustment.
Myth #7: Viral threads and high reviews aren’t an indicator of a good product
Your skin is one of a kind. Just because a “clear skin” thread went viral on Twitter doesn’t mean you should be concocting a lemon and baking soda mask on a Tuesday night. The goal is to not put your skin into shock. According to research, it may take anywhere from 6 to 20 weeks Trusted Source to really see a change in skin. Of course, the time depends on the ingredients and what kinds of changes you’re looking for.
Myth #8: You don’t need a dermatologist
One of my biggest mistakes was self-testing products until I found one that worked. For many others this means not learning your skin type or even the actual condition (remember there’s different types of acne and they all respond to different treatments). But dermatologists are doctors for your skin. They can tell you things that other people can’t, with the scientific education and experience to back it up.
How do you know it’s working? What breaks you out? Is your skin going into shock because of a new product or are the ingredients not a fit for your skin?
These questions are ones dermatologists can help you answer — or even start asking.
Tip: Access and costs are some of the biggest issues relating to dermatologist visits.