When it comes to skincare, it can feel like everyone has an opinion. Your friend swears by rosehip oil, your mom says that retinol is the only way to go, and your dermatologist says you do not need anything at all beyond a cleanser and moisturizer.
With so many contradicting views, it’s hard to know what advice to take. Sure, there are some basics that everyone agrees on, like ”wear sunscreen!” but beyond that we’re often left navigating a sea of myths and misconstrued recommendations. So how do you tell fact from fiction when it comes to skincare?
In this article, we will be busting some of the most common skincare myths. Armed with the right information (and an arsenal of awesome products!), you should have no problem creating a routine that works for you and your skin type. Let’s get started!
Myth: Natural Skincare Is Always Better
It’s only natural to think that natural skincare is the healthiest and most beneficial kind of beauty routine. The truth is, when it comes to skincare, natural isn't necessarily better. While organic and cruelty-free products certainly have their benefits, they might not be the best choice for everyone as sometimes the skin requires a much more potent treatment than what the usually mild and gentle natural skin care products offer.
That being said: natural skincare products often boast a higher concentration of beneficial ingredients derived from nature, such as plant extracts, essential oils, and herbal extracts. These ingredients are rich in vitamins, antioxidants, and other nourishing compounds that can work wonders for the skin.
Other benefits that give natural skincare an edge over the rest is that it tends to be gentle on the skin, making it suitable for individuals with sensitive or reactive skin types. Synthetic chemicals commonly found in non-natural skincare products can sometimes cause irritation, redness, or allergies.It is also a much more eco-friendly and sustainable choice.
However, if your skin issues are only exacerbating and aren't responding to the products you’re using, you might want to check in with your dermatologist for a recommendation that will be well suited to your particular need.
Myth: You should avoid moisturizing oily skin to prevent breakouts.
Moisturizing is important for all skin types, including oily skin. In fact, skipping moisturizer can actually lead to increased oil production and potential breakouts. When the skin is not properly hydrated, it can overcompensate by producing more oil, which can clog pores and contribute to acne. Opt for an oil-free or lightweight moisturizer, like the Leovard Multicream, which is non-comedogenic and extremely lightweight. These products can help maintain a healthy moisture balance without exacerbating oiliness or causing breakouts.
Myth: Pores can be permanently shrunk or enlarged.
If you’re being sold the idea by a skincare brand that a certain product will help you shrink your pore size, you’ll want to take everything they say with a pinch of salt. Because the truth is that the size of your pores is primarily determined by genetics and can't be permanently changed.
Pores may appear larger or smaller depending on various factors such as oil production, skin elasticity, and cleanliness. Certain skincare products, such as those containing retinoids or exfoliating acids, can help minimize the appearance of enlarged pores by keeping them clean and reducing excess oil. However, these effects are temporary and only address the surface appearance of the pores. It's not possible to physically shrink or permanently change the size of your pores through skincare alone.
So instead of trying to shrink your pores, focus on keeping them clean and unclogged to avoid breakouts, acne and pimples!
Myth: Facial Oils Clog Pores
Let's talk about facial oils. You may have heard that they're bad for your skin because they can clog pores and cause breakouts. But here's the truth: not all facial oils are created equal! Different ones can actually do quite the opposite, and help you achieve the clear and healthy complexion you deserve.
There are many facial oils available that are labeled as “non-comedogenic” which means they are formulated to not clog pores. Non-comedogenic oils are lighter and more easily absorbed by the skin, allowing them to provide hydration and nourishment without causing breakouts.
Leovard’s Oil Fusion stands out owing to its fantastic list of ingredients and can easily become a one-stop solution for all your skincare woes. It is a concoction of eleven botanical oils such as jojoba oil, argan oil, hemp oil and many more, and when used as a facial oil, can revitalize the skin by getting rid of dry patches and nourishing the skin from within to lend it a heavenly glow.
Myth: Washing Your Face More Is Better
You might have heard that the more you wash your face, the better. But in our opinion, this skincare myth is doing the most harm to your skin barrier. Going overboard with washing can leave your skin feeling dry and tight. It can even damage the natural protective oils your skin needs to stay healthy, causing irreparable damage in some cases.
Despite using the gentlest of cleansers, one CAN go overboard with cleansing, and it is therefore recommended to stick to two times a day. Follow up with a hydrating toner, like the Leovard Tonic to restore hydration and balance the skin’s pH levels and apply a nourishing moisturizer right after!
Skincare myths are everywhere and can often be hard to spot, especially when they come from trusted sources. And although it's tempting to believe the quick fixes and miracle solutions, the truth is a lot less flashy. It's all about finding what works for your skin, knowing how to read ingredient labels, understanding the science of skin and how it functions, and knowing that there are no universal cures.
If you keep these points in mind, you're well on your way to having healthier and happier skin, no myths necessary!