Oily skin needs alcohol-based toners? That’s a big no-no. Only mature skin needs professional care? A total myth! Today I decided to rebut the most popular skin care myths. Read on to check them all out and let me know in the comments, if you know that there’s something else with an aggravating influence on our skin.

MYTH #1 – ALCOHOL-BASED TONERS FOR OILY SKIN

 That’s so not true! The cause of oily skin might be that it simply… needs moisturizing! Overdrying the face with alcohol-based toners is a total vicious circle. Overdried skin will long for water, and, as a result, it’ll produce even more sebum. Even if you don’t have an acne-prone skin type, be careful with alcohol-based toners. Consult your dermathologist and ask them if you’re allowed to dry your face, and, for example, treat it with salicilyc acid instead.

MYTH #2 –  ONLY GEL AND FOAM CLEANSE THE SKIN

That’s not true! My skin loves the OCM method – cleansing the face with oils. I wrote how to do it HERE. What’s more, the dermathologist who helped me treat my acne recommended: regular soap! 😉 I very often reach for herbal ones – they’re totally up to the task 😉 What’s interesting, all kinds of facial gels can make the skin dry, causing even more imperfections! Many of them contain fragrances which may irritate the skin or even cause allergies!

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MYTH #3 – USING SCRUB TOO OFTEN IS A BAD IDEA

It all depends on the kind of peeling that you use 😉 If you use one with sharp beads, they can irritate the skin. Delicate enzymatic peelings (those of a face mask formula, which you apply on your face and wash off after a few minutes) are safe and can be used often. Everyday peelings are one of Korean beauty care rules, which I recently wrote about HERE. By the way, let me bring another myth down: coffee peeling which I love (check how I prepare it HERE works not only for your whole body, but also… on your face. Acne-prone skin shouldn’t be rubbed very often. If you suffer from it, it’s better to exfoliate your skin with enzymatic peelings, not to transport the bacteria.

MYTH #4 – YOU CAN ONLY EXERCISE YOUR… BODY

My dears – facial skin also loves a good workout 🙂 If you want it to be elastic, young and glowing, exercise it the same way that you exercise your belly and your legs 😀 How to do it? Just check these few exercises out! Open your mouth and articulate vowels like a, e, i, o and u – try to do it as clearly as possible – it’ll keep the skin around your lips fresh and elastic. Move your lips to the left and to the right, which’ll strengthen your jaw muscles. Place your fingers at the endings of your brows and push them against your skin, and then try to frown. It’s a great way to prevent new forehead wrinkles from appearing 😉

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MYTH #5 – MATIFYING CREAMS ARE BEST TO TREAT OILY SKIN

Just like in the case of alcohol-based products, which dry the skin (see #1), matifying can, ironically, lead to excessive sebum production. Many matifying creams also clog the pores, which results in spots and imperfections. If you have shiny skin, you can use my way and reach for special matifying face papers from time to time (like THESE here). That’s where I should point out one more thing – oily skin doesn’t react bad to… oils of all kind. Despite appearances, they help to regain the proper level of sebum. I wrote more about their magical properties HERE.

MYTH #6 – ALWAYS USE HIGH SUN PROTECTION

Unfortunately, that’s not quite true 😉 Be careful with sunscreens, especially if you have acne-prone skin. Many of them work comedogenic. What does it mean? They clog the pores, which results in spots and pimples. If you’re not about to go sunbathing or on a holiday, it’s better if you resign from your sunscreen. Simply reach for a regular delicate facecream, suitable for your skin type, with a lower protection level. If you’re trying to fight acne, and you’re planning to sunbathe, go for sunscreens for problematic skin.

MYTH #7 – EXPENSIVE COSMETICS ARE BETTER

Totally not true! Well, of course I also sometimes reach for more expensive cosmetics, but my favorite cosmetics list also features products that cost less than EUR 8 – you’ll find it HERE. I remove my make-up with oils – coconut and castor, exfoliate my skin using homemade coffee peeling, and wash my face with herbal soap, which costs really little. There’re a lot of cheap cosmetics with amazing ingredients! Sometimes when you reach for luxury products, you only pay for the packet. Well, but let’s be honest – that’s also important, isn’t it? 😉

MYTH #8 – ONLY MATURE SKIN NEEDS PROFESSIONAL CARE

Let me rebut this myth once and for all! One doesn’t need professional skin care after they turn 40, or in the case of serious skin problems. If you want to keep your skin in good shape for longer, treat it from time to time with all kinds of creams (like vitamin A ones), and consult a dermathologist or a beautician from time to time. Your skin starts aging as soon as you turn 25! That’s a good moment to start caring for the skin around your eyes. Remember to apply all kinds of creams patting the skin from the lower parts of your face to the top – it’ll prevent the skin from loosing elasticity.

MYTH #9 – POPPING THE SPOTS HELPS THE SKIN

Popping a spot will lead to an inflammation, a wound that takes weeks to heal, or… a scar that will stay with you forever. Never pop the spots at home! If you feel the need to cleanse the skin, use peelings, and, above all, consult a dermathologist, who will advise you on a tailor-made treatment.

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