Quench Botanics skincare experts are here to dispel some of the biggest myths that could cause irreparable damage to your skin.
Contrary to popular belief, oily skin requires daily moisturizer. Furthermore, how you apply products has an effect.
1. Moisturizers don’t work for all skin types
Moisturizers are an integral component of every skin care routine and especially essential for oily skin types. Yet some individuals think that because their complexion contains oil, they don’t require moisturizer – which is incorrect! Oily skin needs moisture in order to avoid dryness and the clogging of pores; non-comedogenic moisturizers provide optimal solutions as they won’t clog up pores while helping balance out natural oils produced by their own sebaceous glands.
Moisturizing should be part of every skin-care routine, no matter the skin type. Moisturizing prevents moisture loss – particularly important during cold weather – while protecting from UV rays with SPF 30+ coverage or higher; for added sun protection it may also be wise to wear sun protective clothing and apply sunscreen multiple times throughout the day.
Many skincare products claim to reduce wrinkles or other signs of aging. Although such claims may be exaggerated, some products may actually work. It’s important to remember that skin cells only replace themselves at an equal pace, meaning old cells must be shed off in order for new ones to take their place.
Prevention is key when it comes to diminishing wrinkles, and this can be achieved through eating right and using anti-ageing cream with retinol or peptides.
Another persistent beauty myth is the idea that moisturizers will leave your skin looking dull. While this may be true if the wrong type is chosen, in order to prevent dullness it is crucial that your moisturizer contain ingredients designed to brighten it such as vitamin C or hyaluronic acid.
Some individuals believe moisturizers can contribute to milia, small bumps that appear under the skin due to dead skin that becomes trapped in pores and does not shed naturally. Therefore, it is crucial that individuals with sensitive skin use gentle moisturizers that won’t irritate or aggravate their condition and use only products without fragrances or dyes in them for maximum efficiency.
2. Sunscreen isn’t necessary for dark skin
With so much skincare advice floating around, it can be challenging to differentiate fact from fiction. Unfortunately, some skincare myths can actually cause skin damage! Quench Botanics consulted with skin experts in order to identify some of the biggest myths that are harming your skin and provide insights.
One of the more widespread skincare myths is that dark skin doesn’t require sunscreen. This misconception often stems from misinformation; much of sunscreen marketing has focused on white people, leading to this misconception that sun damage doesn’t apply equally to Black people as well as white ones. However, sun damage occurs just as frequently among Black individuals as it does among their white counterparts.
All skin types need sunscreen; however, darker skin is sometimes more vulnerable to UV rays from sunlight and should therefore use sunscreen more regularly than other types. Furthermore, all individuals should use an SPF 30+ sunblock.
Sunscreen can help combat vitamin D deficiency, which is particularly prevalent among Black communities. Some may mistakenly believe that using sunscreen prevents the body from absorbing vitamin D; in reality, UV rays still penetrate skin layers to produce Vitamin D production; sunscreen simply blocks harmful UV rays which cause sunburn and cancer.
Many people mistakenly believe that melanin provides protection from harmful UVA rays that cause wrinkles and age spots; however, this only provides partial shielding against sunburn – UVA rays have more of an impactful impact when it comes to wrinkles and skin cancer.
There has been an on-going effort to make skincare more inclusive of Black skin. Dermatology organizations are providing grants for dermatologists to study it, while more companies are creating products tailored specifically to Black skin. With any luck, this movement will put an end to some of the myths lingering within beauty industry.
3. Exfoliating acids are a waste of time
Acid exfoliants like glycolic, lactic, citric, tartaric and malic acids are excellent ways to bring life back into dull complexions; however, overusing them could prove extremely detrimental. Chemical exfoliants work by loosening dead cells from your stratum corneum layer so they can naturally shed and be replaced with fresh new ones over time. But using them too frequently could clog your pores leading to congestion, blemishes and scarring of various kinds.
Young skin naturally sheds its outermost layer every 28 days or so to reveal fresh new cells beneath. But as we age, this process becomes slow, leading to dullness, uneven tone and blocked pores as well as the perfect environment for bacteria growth and subsequent breakouts and blemishes.
Exfoliation should take place twice or three times each week at minimum to maintain healthy, soft and youthful-looking skin, particularly oily or ageing skin types. Exfoliating too often, however, may leave your skin feeling tight and dry, something that should be avoided at all costs.
Avoiding over-exfoliation can be achieved by selecting acid products tailored specifically for your skin type and by limiting how many acid-containing products you use daily, such as cleansers, toners, masks or serums that contain exfoliating acids – something many products contain without notice!
As part of your skincare regime, it is also wise to avoid products which claim to make pores smaller. While acid exfoliants can unclog and clear pores temporarily, their size is determined genetically; only in-office treatments can permanently shrink them.
Vivo Per Lei’s Men’s After Shave Balm offers safe and effective exfoliation, while at the same time moisturizing the face. Made from all-natural ingredients such as seaweed extract, ginkgo biloba extract, and aloe vera extract – making it suitable for all skin types thanks to its balm texture that doubles up as both an aftershave balm and daily moisturizer!
4. Shaving against the grain causes acne
As there’s so much advice available on skincare, it can be challenging to distinguish fact from fiction. We enlisted Quench Botanics’ experts in order to shed light on some of the major myths causing damage to your skin and give advice that actually benefits rather than hinders.
Utilising shaving cream containing moisturizing ingredients will help avoid razor burn, ingrown hairs and red bumps. To minimize these problems, shave with the direction of hair growth instead of against it, while selecting high-quality razor and blade will also decrease irritation.
While retinol may cause breakouts for some users, it’s important to remember that it’s simply part of its process. When using this product on the surface of the face it removes dead cells which may temporarily increase oil production but this should subside after time. If any product irritates your skin it would be wiser not to continue use until its effects have subsided.
One common skincare myth is the idea that drinking more water will help improve your skin. Although staying hydrated is beneficial, there is no evidence to back this up and suggest drinking more will make your complexion glowy or plump.
Common belief holds that darker skin doesn’t require sun protection. While dark skin doesn’t burn as easily, this doesn’t negate the need to shield it from UV rays; sunburns cause irreparable damage to skin cells and may lead to long-term complications like wrinkles and cancer.
Finding the ideal skincare regimen can be a complex journey, so finding what works for your skin should be treated as an individual journey. When in doubt about what product to try next, vitamin C could be useful in protecting against free radical damage while increasing collagen production; try the Vivo Per Lei 24K Gold Caviar Serum which combines these elements.