5 Skin Care Myths Debunked
1. People with oily skin should avoid oil in their skin care products.
This is such a common myth, and it is no wonder it's such a long-held belief. In theory, adding an oil based ingredient to skin that is already oily seems counterproductive.
Here is why: Clogged pores cause acne, not oil-based ingredients. You do not get acne without your pores being clogged. Ingredients like jojoba oil, sunflower seed oil, and grapeseed oil actually score very well on the comedogenic rating scale. In fact, sunflower oil is one oil that is LEAST likely to cause clogged pores. Jojoba oil, actually an ester, helps to draw out sebum.
Certain ingredients, though, can easily clog pores and cause breakouts. In most cases, the oils get blamed when they had nothing to do with it. Lanolin, soybean oil, Isopropyl Myristate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate are among the ingredients most likely to clog your pores.
2. Avoid products with alcohol, as they dry out the skin.
This is another myth! Many oils are actually emollient, such as cetyl alcohol. Here is a blog post we shared here on the blog covering skin alcohols.
3. You do not need to wash your face in the morning if you washed it at bedtime.
This is another popular myth. Do you sleep on a pillowcase? Or with sheets? Chances are strong that you do! Bed linens are not washed daily. Dust and pet dander collect in the air and wind up on your linens -- as do skin cells which are always shedding. What happens is that your skin will come into contact with these while you are sleeping. Wash your face again with a gentle facial cleanser.
4. You do not need a facial toner.
There are many skin benefits of facial toner:
- Refreshes with aromatic plant distillates
- After cleansing, our toner balances your skin's pH prior to moisturizing
- Ultra-clean feel
- Cleanses any remaining make-up
- Soothes and calms skin
- "One-Touch" dispenser conserves product, keeps out germs and air
- Available in Lemon Balm or Cucumber
5. You should choose your facial care products based on your age.
Not so fast! There are many products on the market with packaging that says for "women over 50" or for "aging skin" -- the problem with this is that age is just a number. One can have very dry skin at age 21 and be oily in their 50s. Some women may have very few signs of aging and still be dealing with acne at an older age, so it is important that we address the needs of your skin, not the number of your years.
What matters most is the type of ingredients you use on your skin. Our Advanced Botanicals facial care line is ideal for nearly all ages, young or more mature.
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It's an often asked question of skin care professionals: "Is toner really necessary?"
In a word, yes.
I think that some people are skeptical of trying toners because they associate toner with the old SD alcohol-based astringents that used to strip skin and leave it feeling tight and dry. Many toners out there still have some less than stellar ingredients, but that's not what we're talking about.
Vitamin E is one of the most well-known antioxidants used in skin care. While it is common knowledge that Vitamin E is useful for the skin, many people are unaware of why it is beneficial. On the Seed blog today, we are sharing the clinical science behind Vitamin E and skin care, as well as ways it will help improve the appearance of your skin.
What is Vitamin E?
Vitamin E is a powerful fat-soluble antioxidant that can help repair damaged cells. Naturally occurring Vitamin E includes eight different isoforms. These include alpha-, beta-, gamma-, and delta- tocopherol and alpha-, beta-, gamma-, and delta- tocotienol.
Vitamin E is one of the most studied skin vitamins because it was discovered so long ago. In fact, it was back in the early 1920s when Berkeley biologists Dr. Herbert Evans and Dr. Katherine Bishop made the discovery.
In the field of skin care, Vitamin E has been used for more than half a century -- and with good reason.
The leaves are changing and it's getting darker earlier and earlier. Fall is officially here. With the changing seasons comes a need to adjust your skin care routine a bit.
Autumn is a time of transition and it is the ideal time to repair and renew your skin. The recent summer temperatures -- and extra sun exposure -- likely did a bit of damage to your skin, so now is your opportunity to do a bit of repair and prep your complexion for the upcoming winter.
1. Exfoliate your skin.
Lift dead skin cells, which make your skin look ashy and dry, with a gentle exfoliant. Exfoliation is one of the most important steps in any skin care routine, yet it continues to be one of the most overlooked. Everyone needs to exfoliate.
Why? When dead skin cells are sitting on top of your skin, pores become clogged. You will likely either experience acne or your skin will just look dull and flaky (or both). Helping your skin slough off dead skin cells is essential because those clear pores will more readily absorb your other facial care products, helping them to work more effectively.
Use a gentle facial scrub or facial brush to manually exfoliate, or choose a chemical exfoliant such as AHA (alpha hydroxy acids). If you are oily or prone to blackheads, look for an exfoliant with salicylic acid (BHA).