by Jorja Flemming, CIE Esthetician Student
Many of us have drawers of useless face-lift creams, use soap to wash our face, or still burn even though we use sunscreen every day. Do you wonder if UVB tanning beds are really safe, or if your local skin care clinic can really help treat acne? Read on if you are interested in hearing some of the most common skin care myths busted.
1. I use soap on my face because skin is skin.
On the surface this sounds like it should be true, but the reality of it is not all skin or cleansers are created equal. Most soaps today are actually detergents designed to strip away oils. As bad as this is for arms and legs, it can wreak havoc on the face because facial skin truly is different. Facial skin contains a delicate balance of sweat and sebum that forms the acid mantle; stripping that mantle way can lead to dryness and even acne. The good news is that there are many quality cleansers that wont strip your face or your bank account! Check out some quality cleansers by Sanitas or Image Skincare.
2. My makeup has sunscreen in it so I dont need to wear more.
The amount of sunscreen in makeup is just not enough to provide quality protection; adding sunscreen to a foundation changes the consistency of the makeup, so many companies use very little. In fact, according to a recent interview in Womans Day Magazine, Dr. Joshua Fox reported that in order to achieve this protection, It would take almost 14 times the normal amount of powder used and seven times the normal amount of foundation used to get the desired amount of SPF. Instead of makeup with SPF, try a tinted sunscreen such as Image Tinted Sunscreen with SPF 30.
3. Only a dermatologist can treat acne.
I have heard some say that only a dermatologist can treat acne. While this is true of cystic acne (level 3 and 4 acne), its not the case for mild to moderate acne. According to about.com, there are 5 signs that you should see a doctor instead of an esthetician for your skin:
1) You have severe inflammatory, cystic or nodulocystic acne
2) You need advice in treating your acne
3) Your esthetician suggests seeing a dermatologist
4) Your acne isn’t responding to over-the-counter treatments
5) Your acne is getting worse, despite treatment
Level 3 and 4 acne are the highest grades, but fortunately most people dont have this level of acne. Estheticians can help people with mild to moderate acne, so if you have comedones (blackheads) or milia (whiteheads), mildly inflamed acne that responds well to treatments, or are just looking for products that wont clog pores or aggravate sensitive skin, then seeing an Esthetician is the way to go. Your Esthetician would most likely recommend you see a doctor if necessary.
4. XYZ is a face-lift in a bottle.
We have all seen an infomercial or commercial that claims, XYZ cream will lift, tone and firm your skin, making you look 10 years younger! Some people may buy it, use it for a month, and then they see little to no results. Thats because anything that sounds too good to be true most likely is! Dont get me wrong, there ARE things you can use that can give you amazing results! For example, Micro-Current treatments can improve muscle tone, giving your face a firmer appearance, or lipophilic vitamin C and bio-peptides can drastically change the appearance of skin. Mineral makeups can even enhance natural beauty. However, if you want a facelift, the only real option is to have surgery, no matter what a salesperson may tell you.
5. Tanning beds are fine as long as they use only UVB rays.
UVB ray tanning beds are all the rage now; some are even calling them the safe tanning beds. What people are not reporting in their ads, is that the World Health Organization has declared tanning beds to be a known human carcinogen. Secondly, The American Academy of Dermatologists states that there is a 75% increase risk for melanoma for people who have exposure to indoor tanning beds, including those that use only the UVB rays. If all of that isnt frightening enough, Dr. Oz Mehmets research sheds even more light on the subject. On his website, he lists the reasons to avoid tanning which include the following: Increased development of wrinkles due to loss of collagen and elastin fibers, the development of Telangiectasias, or fine broken vessels often confused with rosacea that leave the face ruddy, and decreased immunity due to T cells damage. So, to get that much needed vitamin D boost, Dr. Oz suggests eating foods high in vitamin D (like salmon, fortified milk, or beef liver), or you can trigger your body to make vitamin D by spending 10-15 minutes (ONLY) outside in the sun.