When it comes to skincare, it’s sometimes difficult to know what to believe. There is so much misinformation out there, and following the wrong advice could be catastrophic for your complexion.
So, today, Lavelier is going to be clearing up some of the biggest and most misleading skincare myths out there. If you’ve ever had any doubts about whether or not you’ve been caring for your skin in the correct way, read on…
Myth: You Only Need to Wear SPF When the Sun is Shining
Truth: SPF should be worn year-round.
Let’s start with one of the most damaging skincare myths around; only needing to wear sunscreen when the sun is shining. It’s easy to see how this one started – you often can’t feel those UV rays hitting your skin, unless it happens to be a bright summer’s day.
However, the sun’s UV rays are always around, even in the winter. They’re present when it’s cloudy too. Although full cloud does block some of these rays, partial cloud can actually intensify them, leaving your skin even more vulnerable to UV damage. With this manifesting as accelerated skin aging, discoloration, and skin cancer, it’s so important to keep your skin protected from the sun year-round.
To make this easy, look for a moisturizer that also contains SPF, such as the Lavelier Divine Day Defense SPF 30. It will save you an extra step in your morning routine while still ensuring that your skin receives the protection it needs. This formula stands out from the crowd because of how it’s packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and humectants, making it capable of fading the look of existing sun damage too.
Myth: You Can Change the Size of Your Pores
Truth: Pore size is determined by genes and cannot be changed.
Ever seen skincare products that promise to shrink the size of your pores? They’re lying, as well as contributing to another one of the biggest skincare myths out there. The size of your pores cannot be changed – this is something that’s determined by genetics.
With that said, there’s plenty that you can do to make your pores look smaller. Sometimes, when excess sebum and dirt remain trapped in the pores, they can stretch out the pore openings. This has the effect of making the pores look much larger and more noticeable, even though they’re still technically the same size as they always were.
One way to prevent this is to invest in a good cleanser and use it twice a day. The Lavelier Biology Mousse Cleanser, for example, is perfect for diminishing the appearance of enlarged pores. It’s a sulfate-free formula, meaning that it won’t irritate or overly dry out your skin. Instead, it will thoroughly cleanse your complexion while pampering it with a number of ingredients that will leave it feeling hydrated and soothed. From coral seaweed and aloe vera to lavender and chamomile, this cleanser’s botanical content will leave your skin with a refreshed glow while making your pores look just about invisible.
Myth: People With Oily Skin Don’t Need to Moisturize
Truth: Oily skin needs moisture too!
If you have oily skin, then, at some point, you’ve probably wondered whether or not you really need to moisturize. With your skin producing so much excess oil, applying a moisturizer over the top can seem counter-intuitive. It’s no surprise that this is one of the skincare myths that so many people with oily skin believe.
However, let’s not forget that oil and water are completely different. Sure, you may be dealing with excess oil on your skin, but this isn’t going to do anything to change the water content in your skin cells. Your skin desperately needs this moisture in order to function properly, so depriving it of this by avoiding using a moisturizer wouldn’t be a good move.
In fact, leave your skin yearning for sufficient moisture and it won’t be long before it ends up dehydrated. That’s right – skin can be oily and dehydrated at the same time. Once this happens, the skin starts to produce even more oil to try to make up for the dehydration (which doesn’t work, since oil can’t replace water), leaving you looking greasier than ever.
So, to save yourself from all of this, add a moisturizer to your skincare routine. Look for a lightweight formula that won’t weigh your skin down or clog up your pores, such as the Lavelier HydroTherm Completion Creme. This moisturizer doesn’t contain any heavy ingredients. Instead, it hydrates the skin with the likes of sodium hyaluronate, sea buckthorn extract, coral seaweed extract, and cucumber fruit extract. It will quench your thirsty skin cells while giving your complexion a matte and radiant finish.
Myth: Drinking More Water Can Help With Dry Skin
Truth: Drinking more water can help with dehydrated skin, but it won’t make a difference to dry skin.
Here’s another myth that also confuses the difference between oil and water; drinking more water to help with dry skin. There’s no denying that drinking plenty of water helps to keep your body, and therefore your skin, hydrated. However, dry skin isn’t due to a lack of hydration…
Instead, dryness occurs when the skin isn’t producing enough sebum to keep itself naturally moisturized. It’s the opposite of oily skin, where the skin produces too much. Drinking more water is great for your health, but it’s not going to encourage your skin to produce more sebum.
If you want to tackle the feeling of dryness in your skin, your best bet would be to find a rich moisturizer, just like the Lavelier Marine Deep Moisturizer. The shea butter in this blend is perfect for dry skin. Shea butter is loaded with fatty acids, making it a great ingredient for promoting a soft and supple complexion. In this formula, it’s combined with vitamin E, coral seaweed extract, and aloe vera leaf extract. All of these ingredients are also fantastic for reducing the feeling of dryness.
Myth: Night Creams Should Only Be Used at Night
Truth: Night creams can be used in the daytime too!
Is there really a difference between day creams and night creams? The answer is a resounding yes. While both are designed to moisturize the skin, day creams usually contain ingredients that help the skin to feel protected when it comes across environmental aggressors throughout the day. Meanwhile, night creams tend to be packed full of antioxidants. These help to repair any visible damage that has been inflicted on the skin over the course of the day. Night creams also often provide an extra moisture boost since moisture loss is at its highest overnight.
However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t use a night cream during the day. There’s no denying that it’s more beneficial to have separate day and night creams but, if you wanted to use your night cream during the day for whatever reason, it’s perfectly acceptable to do so.
In fact, if you have dry skin, you may prefer to use your thicker night cream during the day. Sure, it may leave your skin feeling a little heavier. However, this could be well worth it if it saves you from having to deal with the appearance of flaking and peeling.
If you don’t already have a good night cream, check out Lavelier’s Marine Evening Repair Cream. Featuring shea butter, sweet almond oil, green tea extract, and vitamin A, this formula is a superstar at smoothing and plumping the complexion.
Myth: Eye Creams Aren’t Worth Using
Truth: An eye cream with the right ingredients can deeply transform the look of your eye area.
Wondering whether to add an eye cream to your skincare routine? Some might tell you not to bother, but they would be very wrong.
Many don’t realize that the skin around their eyes is quite different from the skin on the rest of the face. It’s much thinner and contains fewer sebaceous glands. This makes it more prone to wrinkling and dryness. The eye area is also almost constantly in motion. This means that it has more wear and tear to deal with as well. This makes the inevitable dryness and wrinkling even worse.
The eye area also experiences even more of its own unique issues. From the appearance of puffiness to visible dark circles and shadows, an eye cream will help with all of this and more.
Of course, that’s not to say that all eye creams are worth your time. Some are nothing more than glorified facial moisturizers. If you want to ensure that the eye cream you’re buying is worthy of your skin, make sure that it contains ingredients that are suitable for the delicate skin around the eyes.
One such product is the Lavelier Eye Firming Concentrate. It’s infused with caffeine, a popular ingredient in eye creams because of how it tightens and perks up the look of the skin. You’ll also find squalane and soluble collagen in this formula to hydrate and moisturize your skin, along with coral seaweed and a blend of vitamins to provide an antioxidant boost.
Myth: All-Natural Skincare is Superior
Truth: Natural isn’t always necessarily the best choice
This is one of those skincare myths that are so easy to believe because surely natural is always going to be better than synthetic?
However, while this may hold true when it comes to the food that you eat, it doesn’t necessarily apply to skincare products. Sure, natural ingredients have so much to offer, but some of the best skincare ingredients out there happen to be synthetically produced.
Take sodium hyaluronate, for example. It’s a superstar humectant that’s extremely successful at binding moisture to the skin and providing hydration. It may be produced in a lab, but this ensures its stability and consistency. This is exactly what you want from your skincare products.
Peptides are another ingredient that can transform the skin. They’re great for strengthening the feel of the skin barrier while keeping the skin moisturized. They’re found in nature but the peptides in your skincare product are produced synthetically, and there’s nothing wrong with this.
Rather than completely shunning synthetic ingredients, you’ll experience the best results if you go for formulas that combine the best of science and nature. For example, the Lavelier HydroTherm Sauna Serum contains both peptides and sodium hyaluronate, but it also includes a few natural ingredients. They all complement each other beautifully, which is only going to be good news for your skin!
Skincare Myths Debunked
Hopefully, we’ve helped to clear up some of the skincare myths that have had you feeling confused. However, there are still plenty out there that we haven’t touched upon, so make sure that you always do your homework when deciding what’s best for your skin!