A continuation of the 5 Skin Care Myths..

There are so many misconceptions floating around out there, and with the consumer demanding more knowledge, we’re here to share what we know to be true! You’ll enjoy this one!

The skin should feel squeaky clean after you wash. That’s when you know it has been effectively cleaned.

If your skin feels tight after washing, it is a clear sign that your skin has been stripped off all of its water. This will eventually cause surface dead skin cells to buildup. Anything that leaves you feeling tight is absolute no-nos. The most important part of your entire routine is ultimately what you wash with!

An SPF 30 offers twice as much protection as an SPF 15.

The truth is that an SPF 30 offers less than 4% more protection than an SPF 15. The keys to good sun protection are to apply sunscreen generously, reapply often, and avoid the sun during peak hours.

The richer the eye creams, the better it is for wrinkles.

Most eye creams that are rich and greasy typically contain Mineral Oil or Petrolatum. Our skin acts just like a sponge that absorbs what it needs and the rest just sits on the surface. As these ingredients are not absorbed easily, they too, sit on the surface and suffocate the skin. They can also cause excessive puffiness in the eyes in the morning. A high-performance eye cream should therefore be absorbed, yet still leave the skin feeling moist and supple.

Oily skin doesn’t need moisturizer.

Oily skin needs moisturizers, but the last kind of moisturizers that this type of skin needs is heavy and greasy oil-based moisturizers as they have already got enough oil. Water-based moisturizers are therefore necessary to keep the skin cells healthy and to discourage dead skin cells buildup.

Pigmentation comes only from sun exposure.

Research shows that pigmentation (or brown spots on the skin) comes not only from accumulative sun exposure, but also from heat and hormones. An increase in melanin activity can actually be triggered by pregnancy, menopause and birth control pills as well. The good news is increasing your exfoliation and using sunscreen will help discourage melanin formation.

It’s  best to let your skin breathe at night by avoiding the use of night cream.

The latest research shows that the skin repairs itself most effectively at night, between 10 PM and 11 PM, hence indicating the need for night cream application before midnight. A good way to give your skin a chance to renew when you sleep is to wash off the day’s dirt and grime, and nourish it with a good moisture and nutrients. As long as your night cream is free of Mineral Oil and Petrolatum, it will not suffocate your skin and clog the pores.

There are so many skin myths and legends out there and with everything you see and hear, our heads often get cluttered with information. It’s time to forget all of that and grasp the fact that your skin may be suffering due to everyday mistakes that you can literally change in a flash. Skin care is a lot more complex than making sure you’re using the right products for your skin type and getting regular facials–it’s often the little things that make all the difference in the world. With the pointers below, you can easily transform your skin by simply changing your everyday activities.

If your skin is dry, washing it in the morning could actually make things worse. Instead, rinse with only water in the morning, and wash your face with cleanser at night. If you wash it with only water, you’ll still be cleaning it rather than stripping it of its natural oils.

When you work out, if you get too hot and sweaty, watch out. If you’re sweating it up in your Bikram yoga class, the temperature may trigger hyper-pigmentation, especially areas on your face that are already red. If you’re prone to redness, try an alternative type of yoga and definitely stay out of the sauna.

How often do you wash your pillowcase? If you’re having an issue with acne, your pillowcase may be to blame. They collect oil, bacteria, your lotion residue, and even dead skin cells–when you rest your face against all of that, the grime gets right up into your pores. Change your pillowcase once or twice a week to ensure that you’re not making your skin issue any worse.

When you don’t sleep, your skin will look duller, drier, and it will be more prone to wrinkles. If you have trouble sleeping, take a warm shower before bed to raise the body’s core temperature, ultimately making you sleepy. Since hot water tends to dry out skin, make sure you moisturize it right when you get out of the shower.

You know the rumor that birth control helps your skin? Well, that’s not always true. Oral contraceptives can actually upset your skin since the hormones in it make pigment cells more sensitive to the sun–resulting in blotchy and unattractive skin. Try switching to a low-dose estrogen formula and always, always wear sunscreen.

You’ve been bombarded with information as to why sunscreen is vital, and you’ve taken the daily skin triad routine to heart. Here are some more beauty tips you may not have heard of!

Whiten your nails. Put some baking soda on a lemon wedge, and rub the wedge on your nails. Lemons are not only acidic, but antimicrobial too—and, paired with the abrasive properties of baking soda, leave your nails looking brighter and healthier.

Extend your bronzer’s life. Fond of the bronzer? Make a bottle go a long way with this trick: buy a shade darker than what you normally use. When you’re ready to get that sun-kissed look, mix a bit of the bronzer with your favorite moisturizer, then apply on your skin. You’ll get a sheer glow that won’t break the bank!

Exfoliate your scalp. When you don’t have a clarifying shampoo within your reach, you can temporarily turn to good ol’ apple cider vinegar. ACV helps “exfoliate” your scalp, getting rid of dead skin cells that clog hair follicles. This makes the scalp absorb nutrients even better from your favorite shampoo, and promotes healthier hair growth. Not only that, but the beneficial acids found in ACV (acetic, lactic, and malic) help neutralize the PH of the scalp. Do this rinse once or twice a week: mix equal parts of ACV and water, apply on hair, then leave on for a few minutes before rinsing out with water.

Avoid wrinkles. If you notice more wrinkles on one side of your face, it’s most probably the side that you sleep on. Prevent this from happening by using silk or satin pillow cases.

Moisturize your lips. We all know that those slices of cucumbers can help get rid of puffy eyes, but do you know that they can also be good for our lips? Since cucumber is made up of 96% water, it helps restore moisture. So cut up a slice and apply it directly on your lips.

Makeup remover from the kitchen. Do you know that you can use olive oil to remove  eye makeup? Just soak a cotton ball with olive oil and wipe the area. If you feel a wee bit oily afterward, apply a warm and damp washcloth to remove excess oil. Coconut oil can also be used to remove not just eye makeup but blush and foundation as well. And the bonus: they both leave your skin moisturized. (Though this doesn’t mean you can now skip your cleanse-tone-moisturize routine.)