Skincare Myths and Truths: Synergy Skincare Studio
There are countless lies and misconceptions when it comes to skincare. Let us help fill your wheelhouse with more truth than myth. Knowledge is power!
Myth: Taking vitamin C orally is enough. You don’t need to apply it to your skin.
Truth: Vitamin C is an antioxidant, meaning it halts or holds off environmental and sun damage to cells. And while you can count your morning OJ as a good defense for your body, applying directly on your skin is the best way to achieve dermis and epidermis vitamin C protection and benefits.
Vitamin C serum benefits:
- reduces wrinkles
- protects collagen and increases production
- aids wound healing
- helps protect against sun damage
- reduces hyperpigmentation
- evens skin tone
- brightens complexion
- acts like armor against pollution and other free radicals
Myth: You don't need sunscreen on a cloudy day.
Truth: Even on a cloudy day, UV radiation is out and ready to steal your youthful complexion. There are two types of UV rays: UVA is the aging ray and UVB is the burning ray. Both rays are out, rain or shine. Make applying sunscreen a daily habit (SPF 35 or higher, please). If possible, reapplying throughout the day is ideal. Even water resistant sunscreens need to be reapplied. Protect those beautiful faces and keep them cancer free.
Bonus myth: You're protected because your makeup has SPF in it. there are very few makeups with SPF that do an adequate job. My favorite is Lira’s BB cream.
Myth: Facial wipes or make up remover wipes can take the place of washing your face.
Truth: Although face and make up remover wipes are convenient they do not replace a regular cleansing routine. Facial wipes can be havoc on your skin, they fail to adequately remove grime, oil and makeup. Dryness and breakouts can be caused by the skin irritants left behind by the chemicals in face wipes. Rather than using a wipe, use an oil based makeup remover for lips and eyes, then follow up with cleanser.
Myth: I should see progress within two weeks of trying a new skincare system.
Truth: You can expect results between 4 and 6 weeks. The average turnover time for skin cells is 21 days for young people and 30-45 days for older adults.
Myth: Oily skin does not need a moisturizer.
Truth: Oily skin tends to become dehydrated because it lacks water moisture. This can stimulate oil glands to produce MORE oil in an attempt to balance the skin. This is the exact opposite of what you want.
Myth: Face exercises keep skin lifted and tight.
Truth: Any exercise strengthens, tightens and tones muscles. However, they do not do anything to tighten skin. Collagen is what keeps skin tight. In fact, repetitive muscle contraction can lead to further collagen breakdown. This is why Botox is used to treat excessive muscle action, thus helping to reduce wrinkles. A less invasive option is a microcurrent facial. These can be done to improve the contour of your face. It delivers precise dosages of energy to the skin, which works to simultaneously repair and produce collagen.
Myth: Retin-A and retinol are the same thing.
Truth: While Retin-A and retinol are similar and can be used for similar concerns, there is a difference. Retin-A was developed more than 25 years ago as a topical treatment for acne. Researchers accidentally discovered the astonishing side effects the patients experienced (DM me for details). Now, Retinoids. Retinoids are hands-down the gold standard when it comes to anti-aging skin care. Retinoids are all vitamin A derivatives that work by reducing fine lines, wrinkles, oil control, acne, pore reduction and texture repair. They are extremely powerful and produce significant changes to the skin.
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The beauty industry can be overwhelming and the internet is full of contradicting results. Hopefully this helps clarify a few myths and keeps you off the web. After all, you need your beauty sleep.
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Location: 104 E State St. Suite A3 Redlands, CA 92313