There is no shortage of information when it comes to beauty advice. Pick up a magazine, surf the internet, or chat to your friends and you will discover a plethora of information on beauty tips, products, treatments and more. The hard part is deciphering what information has merit and what information is best ignored. We’ve heard more than our fair share of beauty myths, so we have put together a list to separate the fact from fiction.
- Natural Is Best – While we absolutely believe in the power of natural ingredients in skincare, natural products aren’t always as safe as they may seem. There’s a reason why you shouldn’t just rush to the kitchen for your beauty products. Many natural ingredients, such as essential oils or citrus fruits, can be harmful in large quantities, or have been known to trigger skin reactions. When it comes to your skin, its best to leave it to the experts who create products using natural ingredients in the purest forms and in the safest ratios to give you gorgeous skin without the worry of irritation.
Try: Dr. Hauschka Lemon Lemongrass Body Moisturizer, a tightening, invigorating, and moisturizing body cream.
- You Don’t Need Sunscreen in the Winter – Let’s be honest, even though we’ve had some rainy weather, our “winters” in the GCC are still sunnier than most places. However, whether you are in the Gulf, or somewhere colder, up to 80% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays can pass through clouds, which means that you are still exposed to the rays. We all know that UV exposure can cause premature aging in the form of wrinkles, fine lines, sun spots, and sagging, or even worse, it can lead to skin cancer, so always make sure you are protected.
Try: SkinMedica Daily Physical Defense SPF 30+, an oil-free sunscreen that is light enough to wear every day.
- Acne-prone Skin Needs Aggressive Treatment – Acne can be frustrating, and most sufferers want to clear it up as quickly as possible, which leads to them using very harsh and drying products that can actually exacerbate the condition. Acne-prone skin can be very sensitive and prone to inflammation and irritation, which makes harsh scrubbing or cleansing a big no-no. Stick to products that will soothe the inflammation while treating pimples and blackheads with targeted ingredients like salicylic acid, and keep your hands off! Picking at acne can make it worse and cause scarring.
Try: Murad Exfoliating Acne Treatment Gel which will gently clear clogged pores and exfoliate dead skin cells to fight breakouts.
- Oily Skin Doesn’t Need Moisturizer – It might seem counterintuitive to moisturize skin that’s already oily, but it can actually help keep shine at bay. Oily skin can often be dehydrated (lacking water, not oil), and to make things even more complicated, dehydrated skin produces even more oil to compensate for a lack of hydration. This is why skin can be oily on the surface, but still dehydrated below. The trick is finding the right balance with a moisturizer that will hydrate your skin without clogging pores or creating more shine.
Try: Dermalogica Clear Start Oil Clearing Matte Moisturizer SPF 15, a light, hydrating moisturizer that will boost clarity and refine oily skin while protecting it from the sun.