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Skincare Myths

17th April 2017

In a world where information is at our fingertips it’s easy to find answers but not always easy to know what to believe, so we’ve rounded up some common misconceptions to clear things up once and for all! Hopefully this puts your mind at rest and let us know if you hear any myths that you’d like solved.

Skin should feel tight after cleansing

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As much as we love the feeling of clean skin, once you have cleansed your skin should feel fresh and supple not tight as this is could be signalling that your cleanser is too harsh for your skin. If your face feels tight after washing it could be a sign that the skin has been stripped of water which can increase the appearance of fine lines as well as lead to breakouts. To combat this you might want to switch out your cleanser to something gentler such as a creamy cleanser, a cleansing balm or oil. For more cleansing tips and tricks read our cleansing guide.

Pores can shrink and expand

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Pores are not like doors, they don’t open and close. Pores are a natural part of the skin structure; they are where sebum (produced in the sebaceous glands) reaches the skin’s surface. Dead skin cells, sebum buildup and residual makeup can make pores appear larger, more visible and prone to acne. You can’t shrink pores but you can minimise their appearance with thorough cleansing and exfoliating.

You outgrow acne outbreaks

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If only this were true but as most of us can attest this is sadly not the case and unfortunately it is more common for adult woman to suffer from breakouts than adult men because women are more sensitive to hormonal changes. But don’t despair, there is some good news! Studies have shown that if you suffer from acne you may experience delayed skin ageing with regards to wrinkles so try to find solace in this if you are suffering from an acne breakout.

You don’t need eye cream until your 30s

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It is impossible to reverse ageing but you can slow the process down so there is never a bad time to start using an eye cream. Just like other skincare products your starting point for an eye cream will vary depending on your genetics and environment (such as your exposure to the sun). While you can start at the first signs of crow’s feet, you can also use eye cream in your 20s as a preventative measure to try and slow down the signs of ageing. Windows of the Soul is the ideal product to introduce into your regime. It is a lightweight yet rich eye cream which can be used by those who are showing signs of ageing or those wanting to reduce puffiness and dark circles. It hydrates and brightens the eye area with revitalising and nourishing ingredients.

You don’t need to moisturise oily skin

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It is a myth that moisturisers are bad for oily skin. If you try to strip oily skin of its natural oil it can react by overproducing oil which can also lead to breakouts. It is also possible for oily skin to be dehydrated (find our guide to dehydration here), meaning that it lacks water. Moisturisers can help to replenish and rehydrate as well as provide protection from ageing environmental damage. Opt for a moisturiser that helps to regulate excess oil while keeping it soft and balanced. Moisture Matte is a lightweight moisturiser that targets shiny patches while helping to regulate the skin’s natural levels for all day hydration. It will leave your skin feeling soft, cool, fresh, and shine free.

Wearing foundation with SPF properly protects you from the sun

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Sun damage is cumulative meaning even just a little bit each day can add up and cause premature ageing. Unless you are applying layers of foundation (which we don’t recommend, even for special occasions) relying on foundation SPF protection alone is unlikely to be sufficient. In addition, most people tend to apply their base make-up unevenly, focusing only on areas where they need coverage. This means that some of your face wouldn’t be protected anyway. As a result, most people should apply an SPF product and shouldn’t rely on their make-up alone to do this job.

Men should use men’s products

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There are general differences between men’s skin and women’s, for example men’s skin tends to be thicker with more collagen and more hair follicles as well as more sebum production due to higher testosterone production. If you are a guy who shaves everyday you may be in the market for skin repairing products or if you spend a lot of time outside, SPF may be on your shopping list. This doesn’t however mean that you need to be looking for products formulated only for men as within each gender people’s skin varies immensely so the key is to find the right product for your specific skin needs. You should look at what the product does and the skin type or concern that it is treating rather than the marketing behind it. Be Still is a gentle daily moisturiser that helps to support and soothe sensitive, irritated or unhappy skin. It calms, restores and protects damage skin making it ideal for those suffering from razor burn as well as those looking to create a smooth, strong and lustrous base on which to apply make-up.