One of the things that stops many people from having amazing skin is not being able to discern fact from fiction. Nope, it’s not laziness or not wanting to invest in the right products – in fact, it’s the total opposite of that!
I’ve lost count of the number of clients that have come into Bella telling me all about their incredibly long (and expensive) skincare regimen and how it hasn’t changed a thing (or has actually made things worse). It breaks my heart to think how much time, energy, and money they’ve spent to see absolutely no results.
A ton of skincare advice out there doesn’t work at all, and with the internet becoming such a huge part of our lives, becoming misinformed is easier than ever. Today, I wanted to take a little bit of time to share a few of the biggest skincare myths out there as well as the truth behind them!
The Biggest Skincare Myths Out There
Skincare Myth #1: You don’t need sunscreen when it’s cloudy
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: You should wear sunscreen every single day. Yep, even if it’s cloudy, even if it’s winter, and even when you plan on being indoors all day.
UV rays are ALWAYS there, and even if your skin’s exposure to them isn’t as harsh as when you go on a tropical vacay, they still very much get to your skin and affect its elasticity. If you want to keep your skin glowing and as wrinkle-free as possible, wear SPF every single day. You’ll thank yourself in the long run for making a habit of wearing sunscreen religiously!
I always opt for an SPF of around 30 that has zinc and titanium! Revision Intellishade ® is amazing because it’s a tinted moisturizer that gives your face a bit of color and a healthy glow.
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Skincare Myth #2: Natural or organic skincare is always better for your skin
While I’m all for natural skincare (I live on a farm, after all!), organic doesn’t always mean it’s better. A ton of self-proclaimed natural skincare products aren’t necessarily chemical-free, and the fact that they do contain ingredients like plants and herbs can actually result in allergies. I’m not necessarily saying you shouldn’t use them, but don’t be fooled by labels and marketing and instead, look for what’s best for your skin.
If you do want to continue using organic, I recommend using products from Farmhouse Fresh! Yep, they’re actually organic and I love the homemade feel they have to them. My current favorite is Guac Star (avocado) for hydration, Soothing Active Yogurt Mask for tightening, and Clarifying Mud Exfoliation Mask for toning and exfoliating my face!
Skincare Myth #3: You should exfoliate every day
Nope. While exfoliating does definitely have a ton of benefits, doing so more times than necessary will only cause more harm than good. Some of the side-effects of over-exfoliating include redness and irritation, which I’m sure is the opposite of what you’re after! I recommend exfoliating twice a week maximum, and if you suffer from sensitive skin, try doing it only once a week in order to ensure your skin doesn’t get irritated from it.
Skincare Myth #4: The more products in your skincare routine, the better
Nope. Sometimes, quality is better than quantity, and knowing exactly what your skin needs is key to crafting the perfect skincare routine, no matter how simple it may be! Plus, some skincare ingredients don’t work well together and mixing them into your regimen can actually make things worse.
A great example of this is mixing vitamin C and certain acids. These ingredients love being the stars of the show and using them together can result in redness, irritation, and even stressed skin. I wrote an entire post on skincare ingredients you shouldn’t mix in case you want to dive a little deeper and make sure you’re not making this huge mistake in your routine!
Simply put – a good skincare routine is better than an overloaded one. As usual, I recommend heading to a professional so they can take a good look at your skin and the issues you’re facing to better come up with the perfect skincare regimen for you with the correct products you need. Everyone’s skin is unique, so crafting a customized regimen is key to getting that glow you’re after!
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