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.