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Busting Skincare Myths and Common Misconceptions

Skincare is a journey unique to each individual, yet it’s often clouded by a myriad of misconceptions that can mislead even the most diligent among us. Today, we’re going to debunk some of the most common skincare myths and shed light on the facts.

Skincare Myth 1: The More Expensive the Product, the Better It Works

It’s easy to believe that a hefty price tag equates to superior quality, but when it comes to skincare, this isn’t always the case. Effective skincare depends on the right ingredients and formulations that suit your skin type, not the price. Skincare products should be carefully formulated with clean pure ingredients.

Skincare Myth 2: You Don’t Need Sunscreen on a Cloudy Day

UV rays are ever-present, rain or shine. Clouds might provide shade, but they don’t block the harmful UVA and UVB rays that contribute to skin aging and damage. Daily sunscreen use is a crucial step in protecting your skin, regardless of the weather.

We often equate a sunburn with it being sunny, but that’s not the case. Some of the worst sunburns occur on the cold ski slopes — a combination of the altitude and UV exposure — or on days spent fishing, exacerbated by the UV reflection off the water. The sun emits harmful UV light, also known as UV radiation, which is a carcinogen. It reaches the earth’s surface in various degrees depending on its proximity and angle to the sun. The ozone layer — which is being depleted — absorbs many of the harmful rays, and the clouds can block some of the sun’s UV light, but neither block all the harmful radiation, and people often get a false sense of security.” Dr. Mona Mofid, Dermatologist – Sharp Community Medical Group

Skincare Myth 3: The Harder You Exfoliate, the Cleaner Your Skin Will Be

Exfoliation is a vital part of any skincare routine, but over-exfoliation can strip the skin of its natural oils, leading to irritation and sensitivity. Gentle exfoliation is key; it’s not about the pressure, but the regularity and quality of the exfoliant.

Skincare Myth 4: If a Product Burns or Stings, It’s Working

The ‘no pain, no gain’ philosophy has no place in skincare. A burning sensation is often a sign of irritation or an allergic reaction, not effectiveness. Skincare should be a soothing experience, and if a product causes discomfort, it’s best to discontinue use.

Skincare Myth 5: Oily Skin Doesn’t Need Moisturizer

Contrary to popular belief, oily skin needs hydration just as much as any other skin type. Skipping moisturizer can actually lead to an increase in oil production as the skin tries to compensate for the lack of moisture. The key is to find a lightweight, non-comedogenic moisturizer that hydrates without clogging pores.

Skincare Myth 6: Natural Ingredients Are Always Better

Natural doesn’t always mean better or safer. Some natural ingredients can be harsh or irritating, especially on sensitive skin. It’s important to research and patch-test any new product, natural or synthetic, to ensure it’s compatible with your skin. Potency No. 710 products are formulated by founder Mandy Lile who is a talented aesthetician. She knows and understands that the right natural ingredients in the right combinations will always be better than synthetic products.

Skincare Myth 7: Drinking Water Will Hydrate Your Skin

While staying hydrated is crucial for overall health, drinking water alone won’t necessarily hydrate your skin. Skin hydration depends on a combination of factors, including the use of moisturizers that help to lock in moisture and protect the skin barrier. Drink water, eat fresh fruits and vegetables, and use quality hydrating and moisturizing products like our White Water Serum, Modern Mist, Gold Serum, and Higher Good.

As a dermatologist, I don’t recommend hydrating with water for the purpose of hydrating your skin. Even if you do hydrate excessively, there’s no guarantee that water will go specifically to the skin.” – Carolyn Jacob, MD, board-certified dermatologist and director of Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology

Skincare Myth 8: You Should Choose Skincare Products Based on Your Age

Age isn’t always the best indicator of what your skin needs. It’s more important to understand your skin type and concerns. A person in their 20s may need anti-aging products if they have premature signs of aging, while someone older with oily skin might benefit from products typically marketed to younger people. Remember it is never too early or too late to start an effective skincare routine!

Skincare Myth 9: Makeup Causes Acne

It’s not makeup itself that causes acne, but rather not removing it properly. Makeup can clog pores if left on too long or if you’re using products that aren’t suitable for your skin type. Always thoroughly cleanse your skin to remove makeup and impurities.

Skincare Myth 10: Higher SPF Means You Can Stay in the Sun Longer

SPF (Sun Protection Factor) measures protection against UVB rays, not the duration of exposure. No matter the SPF, sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours, or more frequently if swimming or sweating. Curious what the benefits are of mineral sunscreens vs. other sunscreen options? Check out our blog here.

10 Ingredients to Avoid in Skincare

When it comes to skincare products, it’s important to be aware of certain ingredients that might be harmful or irritating to the skin. Here are some common ingredients that are best to avoid:

  • Parabens: These are widely used preservatives that prevent the growth of bacteria, mold, and yeast in cosmetics. However, they can mimic estrogen in the body and potentially lead to hormonal imbalances.
  • Sulfates (SLS and SLES): Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) are surfactants that can cause skin irritation or trigger allergies, especially with long-term use.
  • Phthalates: Often found in fragranced products, phthalates are chemicals that have been linked to endocrine disruption, developmental and reproductive toxicity, and cancer.
  • Formaldehyde: This is a preservative that can be absorbed through the skin and has been linked to cancer and skin irritation.
  • Oxybenzone: Commonly used in sunscreens, oxybenzone has been associated with allergic skin reactions and may also be a potential endocrine disruptor.
  • Synthetic Fragrances: These can contain allergens, irritants, and phthalates. They can trigger allergic reactions and other dermatological issues.
  • Triclosan: An antibacterial agent that can contribute to making bacteria antibiotic-resistant. It’s also suspected to disrupt the endocrine system.
  • Hydroquinone: A skin-lightening chemical that can cause skin irritation and may have carcinogenic properties.
  • Aluminum: Found in antiperspirants, it’s linked to neurotoxicity and has been associated with breast cancer.
  • PEGs (Polyethylene Glycols): These are used as thickeners and moisture carriers, but they can be contaminated with ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane, which are substances linked to cancer.

Skincare is deeply personal and what works for one person may not work for another. It’s essential to listen to your skin, do your research, and remember that sometimes, less is more. By dispelling these myths, we can all take a step towards a more informed and effective skincare routine. When you are ready for a skincare routine that you can not only stick with but will crave because results are simply undeniable, we invite you to try Potency No. 710.