Busted: the ten biggest skincare myths exposed
Experts reveal the truth behind false skincare beliefs
As a glowing and radiant complexion remains high on our priority list, most of us happily try out all beauty and wellness advice that promises to get us there. However, in a world where any social media influencer can claim to be an expert, you depend much more on your ability to discern fact from fiction than on how diligently you follow a cleansing regime or how much money you spend on beauty products. The fact is that a lot of skincare advice just doesn’t really work, and some skincare myths can even cause harm to your skin. To get to the real truth, Team Labareau has asked our own skin expert Lindsay van der Looij, which skincare tips you should follow, and what beauty hacks you should take with a hefty pinch of Himalayan salt.
Myth: Natural and organic products are always clinically tested.
Fact: One of the biggest myths in dermatology in general points to the claim that natural skincare products are safer to use. Just because a product labels itself as being organic, it does not necessarily mean the product is safe. The first thing you need to do when it comes to deciding which products to buy, is to check the provenance of any claims made and ensure that recommendations are backed by peer-reviewed clinical trials. At LABAREAU, all ingredients have been rigorously trailed and tested. Our formula is 100% evidence-based and the revolutionary SAXZ-12®️ technology improves both skin texture and elasticity.
Myth: Anti-aging skincare products are not for women in their twenties.
Fact: Whoever said women in their twenties should not worry about anti-aging skincare products, clearly was living a blatant lie. In your twenties, your skin cell turnover decreases, which is a key component in keeping your skin youthful. As much as we hate it, your collagen production naturally slows down once we gets older, hence why it’s so important to use a plumping collagen serum to help hold onto that desired youthful look. Team Labareau proudly presents its best kept secret, The Day Formula, which is a powerful serum that leaves your skin looking and feeling smoother, plumper, and firmer.
Myth: Taking collagen supplements is enough to give you anti-aging benefits.
Fact: Although taking collagen supplements can help, simply taking collagen pills is not enough to get visible anti-aging results. In fact, this is one of the most common misconceptions about collagen. Supplements do benefit the collagen in the joints of our bodies, but they do not fully impact the skin. To obtain younger-looking skin, you need to get your hands on a collagen-based serum, such as The Day Formula and The Night Formula. These bestsellers promote an advanced, plumping collagen serum that will give you visible anti-aging effects. The serum reduces wrinkles and fine lines, as well as the size and appearance of pores. The Day and Night Formula serums promote Labareau’s unique SAXZ-12®️ technology: a mix of powerful ingredients that will help to naturally stimulate collagen and elastin in skin tissue. That’s why we recommend taking both collagen supplements and collagen serums to get optimal anti-aging effects.
Myth: You do not need to wear sunscreen in fall and winter
Fact: Many people believe you do not need to wear sunscreen in the winter, but this is a common and harmful mistake. In winter, the ultraviolet (UV) rays that cause sun damage to your skin might not be as strong as during summer, but they are still always present. These UV rays are the perpetrator behind fine lines, wrinkles, and pigmentation. In order to fully protect the skin and stay clear from unwanted wrinkles, you need to apply sunscreen throughout the year, even when it’s cloudy outside. No matter how thorough your skincare regime might be, without adequate sun protection you will still leave your skin exposed to sun damage, which eventually causes unnecessary early aging. That’s why Labareau’s protecting suncreen is considered as the most important step in your daily skincare routine. The Protector is suitable for all skin types and is a hydrating SPF50 sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays, while presenting powerful anti-aging ingredients.
Myth: Leaving your makeup on while sleeping is not as harmful as we think
Fact: When you first started wearing makeup, your mother probably told you to always clean your face and remove all your makeup before going to sleep. And guess what, your mom was right. Although it might be ever so tempting to believe that sleeping with your makeup on now and then is okay, we hate to break it to you, but it really is not. Leaving makeup on while going to bed can cause long term damage to your skin. Most of the cell regeneration and skin rejuvenation occurs whilst we sleep. So, you can imagine that when there is makeup still resting on the skin, such rejuvenating process is disturbed and consequently can spark inflammation and clog pores. So next time you come home after a few drinks and want to roll straight into bed, get yourself together and go cleanse your face! Your skin will thank us later.
Myth: Double cleansing is essential to deeply cleanse the skin
Fact: Like washing your hair, you shouldn’t have to wash, or in this case cleanse, twice if you use the right products. A good cleansing product with its functioning ingredients as promised, will do the job with a single cleanse. However, you need to be careful with finding a cleanser that suits your skin. Finding a multi-tasker cleanser that does not dry out your face or strip your skin from essential oils is very important. If you are unsure which cleanser best matches your skin, The Cleanser by Labareau is a safe choice as the product does not disturb the natural pH of the skin and is suitable for all skin types. The Cleanser is the first step to a luscious and radiant skin complexion. Not only does it cleanse your skin and remove impurities, it also naturally moisturizes your skin and improves the absorbance of other products in your skin routine. Although a single cleanse will suffice, double cleansing ultimately is okay as long as you use gentle products. If you enjoy the feeling of a deep and thorough cleanse, try using a balancing toner after cleansing to remove any excess dirt and makeup.
Myth: The order in which you apply your skin products does not matter
Fact: Following up on the previous myth, applying your skincare products in the correct order is crucial in achieving optimal results. Each skincare product is carefully formulated in its own distinctive way and only when applied correctly, and in the right order, your skin will receive all the benefits from the ingredients. Make sure you always cleanse your face with a cleanser and a toner, before applying your serums, followed up by a nutrient-rich thick face cream, such as The Volume. This luxurious cream deeply moisturizes your skin, while also sealing the previous products and thus boosting hydration. Lindsay van der Looij recommends leaving a few seconds in between applying each product on your skin. In this way, your skin can effectively absorb all the ingredients and achieve maximum results.
Myth: You do not need to use exfoliating products at home.
Fact: Exfoliating your skin is important, and it is a wise idea to implement an exfoliator into your beauty regime at home. Exfoliating your skin is key to that desired glow and perfect to use after a heavy weekend. Firstly, exfoliating removes the top layer of dead skin. Removing dead skin is important if you want to prevent clogged pores, and in turn prevent spots and blackheads. But even when you are not acne-prone, it is still important to exfoliate. Dead skin cells can leave your skin complexion looking dull and lackluster but exfoliating the skin will give you a more healthy looking glow. If you are looking for an exfoliator that also has anti-aging effects, The AHA Peel is an absolute musthave. And good news for makeup lovers: exfoliating the skin regularly helps your makeup sit and last better on your skin.
Myth: You can’t decrease the puffiness in your face.
Fact: No one likes the look of a puffed-up face. Whether it’s because of the cocktails from last night or due to an allergic reaction – waking up like a puffer fish can be frustrating, especially if you don’t know how to get rid of it. Although most puffiness will decrease naturally with time, there are some tricks you can do at home to reduce facial swelling. If you experience puffiness especially around your eyes, try using a cold compress in the morning. Or if you want to take it a step further, try using facial massage rollers to train the muscles in your face. The Face Workout for instance massages the facial muscles, which improves the flow of oxygen. By improving the blood circulation in your face, the puffiness will quickly diminish. Or try The Facelift Roller and treat yourself on a daily facelift at home to give your face a firmer and younger look. With this handy device you can easily improve the contour of the cheekbones, jawline, and brows as it improves the elasticity of the skin. Perfect, right?
Myth: Everybody should stick to the same skincare regime.
Fact: And finally: the world is an extremely diverse place, filled with all kinds of beautiful people with different skin tones and skin problems. That means there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to skincare. If you want to make sure you use the right products suitable for your skin type, you can always come by BLOY Institute for a consult. Together we can find a skincare and beauty regime that matches your face and is easy to implement at home. Why? Because you deserve it!