Skincare rumours that need to be addressed:
Written by Carlyn
Let’s be real, there is way too much information—or shall I say skin-formation—out there. From blogs to YouTube channels to Insta profiles, filtering out the bullsh*t gets tough. Why is it so
hard to separate fact from cap on the deep dark web?! But fret not, we’re here to set the record straight on some current buzz-worthy skin rumours.
Let’s clear it up:
Rumour #1 – Drinking lots of water will hydrate the skin.
MYTH. Before you come for me, yes, water is paramount to maintaining our health. However, restoring hydration to the skin takes more than just a couple extra glasses of H2O. Keep sippin’ that water bottle, but also consider rehydrating your skin from the outside in with some topical products. Implementing a moisturizer and/or hydrator with ingredients such as hyaluronic acid will help achieve that dewy, youthful glow. Our personal fav hydrating product is the Peptide Gel from Clear Clinical, which is a highly concentrated hyaluronic acid serum.
Bring on the dew.
Rumour #2 – Pores can open and close.
MYTH. Due to genetics and living environments, our pores can appear to be many different shapes and sizes. However, our pores actually keep the same size and state at all times. Skin treatments such as clay masks can help reduce or loosen up oil and dirt clogged within the pore, but the pore itself does not open or close. Pores can dilate (or stretch) which is likely where this buzz-worthy myth was born.
Rumour #3 – A pore strip (or tape) gets rid of blackheads.
MYTH. I hate to break it to you, but blackheads can’t just be peeled off. Pore strips can often do more harm than good by aggressively taking off the outermost layer of your skin, leaving your skin literally *stripped* of its natural oils. Safely eradicating blackheads is a slower process and should take a couple of weeks. Ingredients such as Benzoyl Peroxide and salicylic acid can help penetrate and exfoliate those pesky b-heads away. Slow and steady wins the race!
Rumour #4 – Stinging / burning means that the product is working.
MYTH. Skincare should not be painful. A mild tingling feeling can be normal after applying some skincare products, but a burning sensation is not. If burning occurs, your skin is irritated and the product should be avoided entirely. Irritation could be a sign that you’re allergic to the product or its ingredients. Remove the product with water and a clean towel ASAP if you experience pain.
Rumour #5 – You don’t need sunscreen on a cloudy day.
MYTH. This one’s too important so we had to throw it in. UV radiation is extremely powerful. Just because you can’t see the sun through the clouds doesn’t mean UV rays aren’t reaching us here on Earth. Protect your skin from cancer and premature aging by applying sunscreen every single day. We recommend Clear Clinical’s SPF 30 Sunscreen Spray for the ultimate protection against the harmful effects of ultraviolet A & B rays.
So how exactly can false information be avoided online?
Upon discovering a new piece of skin-formation either online or on social media, a bit of detective work will go a long way. A quick Google search is a great place to start. As you begin to scroll, make sure to focus on content with reputable sources. Keep an eye out for that M.D. title; dermatologists, nurses, and other medical practitioners are trustworthy when it comes to this stuff.
Here at TheSkiny, we have the privilege of working with some lovely skin experts including a Medical Aesthetician, a Cosmetic Chemist, a Cosmetic Nurse, and a Dermatologist. Having these experts on-deck is critical when it comes to discussing the latest skincare advice, trends, and news.
Happy skincaring <3