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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Do you still use shaving cream from the drugstore?
Take a look at the back of the canister when you use it next time. Chances are, Triethanolamine and Propane are near the top of the ingredients listing.
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- Propane, a hydrocarbon, is a propellant. It helps give the product its mousse-like fluffy foam. It is extremely sensitizing to the lungs in moderate doses. It can be highly irritating to the skin, nasal passages and mucus membranes. More than 6,500 studies have been conducted on propane. It is a skin, lung, and eye irritant. (source)
We have shared many "hacks" using our products over the years. Before we had lip products, Rebecca would apply our body cream to her chapped lips. Before we came out with facial care, I used our fragrance free hand cream on dry patches. I use fragrance free body oil on my eye lashes to keep them shiny and as a cuticle oil, too.
Can Seed products be used on the hair? Yes, absolutely!
Our friend, Tori, uses our Soft Balm on her hair and Susan, one of our valued customers, shares this about our Body Oil:
"You should really include in your summary that this wonderful product is also amazingly healing for dry, brittle and frizzy hair! It has made a remarkable difference where no other product has. Thank you for commitment for excellence!"
Let's take a look at why people keep sharing their love of Seed for helping improve the look and condition of their hair.
Let's call this one Face Washing for Beginners - or maybe Face Washing 101. Sound silly? On the surface, it likely sounds ridiculous, but the fact is that most people are not washing their face the right way.
The way that you wash your face has a direct impact on the appearance of your skin. We're here to share 5 tips for better face washing.