To not be okay.
We’ve all been there. Standing aimlessly in the skincare aisle looking at all the pretty labels and flashy packaging. We carefully read each box looking for the right product. Each box we pick up we hope that the angels will sing out and a glorious light will shine down upon our weary heads. But that never happens. The truth is majority of us are lost when it comes to picking out products that work for our skin. Even after almost 2 decades of experience I am still overwhelmed by all the choices.
It seems like every day a new fancy product or ingredient comes out and sweeps the industry. They all promise clearer, smoother, younger, healthier, glowing skin in rapid time. This clouds our judgment making decisions extremely complicated. Why does it have to be so hard?!?
I discovered years ago that it is easier to know what ingredients you are looking for versus what type of products you are choosing. Not all products are equal but majority of the time ingredients tend to not deviate from the norm. For example, if mineral oil makes you break out then any products with mineral oil will make you break out. There is no maybe. Just like an allergy you should stay away from the bad ingredients.
So that being said I wanted to enlighten and educate you about 5 myths and misconceptions I hear constantly about skincare products:
“Wearing moisturizer will break you out if you are oily”- I hear this a lot. Let me explain why this isn’t true. First, your skin naturally produces oil to help protect and hydrate the skin. When your skin is too dry it will over-produce oil creating OILY SKIN. Then along with excessive sebum, aka oil, dead skin cells will clog the pores and add to majority of the reasons your skin breaks out. Now, I understand some people have naturally oily skin. It over produces oil on its own and this can cause frustration. If you treat oily skin and moisturize with an oil-free moisturizer you can tame the beast. There are also amazing products out there to help control oil while keeping the skin hydrated and clear.
“Oil is so bad for your skin”- Have you ever washed your makeup off and it’s still hanging on? No matter how hard you try it rolls around on your cheeks. It’s not your super foaming face wash (although that can be a problem) but instead it’s the oil based ingredients in your products. Why do you think they put oil in eye makeup remover? Because…. oil breaks oil. It’s a fact and when you use the right oil it can make your skin love you back! I love cleansing oils that are hydrophilic “water loving”. This means they will still protect the skin but they won’t leave a residue and clog pores like apricot kernel oil. All skin types can use facial oils! You just have to use the right ones.
“You should exfoliate your skin everyday”- Oh boy. This one kills me. Sure we all want smooth beautiful skin but over-exfoliating can cause abrasions and superficial cuts all over your beautiful face! This can then lead to: infections, hyperpigmentation, scars, breakouts, boils, and premature aging. This is the equivalent of never wearing sunscreen and washing with hot water every day. So that being said make sure you are exfoliating twice a week and if you use retinoids, AHA’s, or glycolic treatments be gentle. Those are chemical exfoliates that help to slough off dead skin cells too. Doubling up can reverse all the process you are trying to make.
“Sunscreen is only necessary if I’m going outdoors”- Did you know that the overhead light sin office building produce UVA light? Weird right? So that can explain why office women tend to have more fine lines and wrinkles…… or maybe that’s just because they have terrible attitudes. Just kidding. Kind of. Sunscreen should be worn every day and make sure you are wearing at least SPF 15 if you are going to be indoors all day. This helps protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays that can cause premature aging, hyper pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles as well as melanoma. Yes, even those who aren’t outdoor lovers can get skin cancer. Make it simple and find a facial moisturizer with sunscreen already in it.
“I’m too young to worry about skincare”- *Sigh* We once were young. All of us used to be or are or will be 21. My grandmother said to me once “The youth is wasted on the young”. I couldn’t agree more. Luckily my whole adult life has been encompassed within the skincare world. I am rapidly approaching 40 (yes 40 and no that’s not old) but I look much younger than I am. This is because I wore sunscreen and created a skincare regimen that was essential to my lifestyle. If you start young or even start old, it can slow down the effects of skin damage. Wear eye creams to help protect the delicate skin around your eyes especially if you wear makeup. Wash your face and do not fall asleep with makeup on. This can age your skin but also wreak havoc on your skins natural PH. Stop being ignorant, naive and lazy. Take care of the only skin you were given. Its OK. No one will judge you for being awesome.
So what are some other skincare myths you’ve heard? Comment below and let’s debunk them together!!
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The hunt for perfect skin care items seems endless. In my world at least. I recently decided to purchase a bunch of higher price point products and give them a whirl.
This is one of many upcoming higher end skincare reviews and I hope your enjoy it. Please, please, please, remember what worked for me or didn’t work may be completely different for you! I always try things at least for a month before I make a decision. Unless they really suck. Then it’s hasta la vista.
It just sounds fancy. French and fancy. Like creme brûlée. Even though deep inside we know it’s just fancy pudding and just the fact you use a blow torch to melt the sugar on top makes it extra super cool. That’s kind of how I view French skincare and makeup brands. They’re so elegant and fancy. I know deep inside it’s probably the same as other brands but just that fact a French girl may have possibly designed it makes me give them all my money. There’s something about these brands. We aspire to be beautiful and refined like these brands. Sipping our tiny cups of coffee and reading poetry while looking eau naturale effortlessly in the daytime. Le sigh.
That being said I don’t want to crush your fancy Francophile dreams buuuuuuut if you want to go French for skincare these products I tried, may not be the way to go. Once again…..Please don’t hate me after this.
Of the 4 products I tried wasn’t overwhelmed by a single one. To clarify, I didn’t hate them, I just was far from impressed. I received these deluxe size via Sephora insider rewards. 500 points for travel size goodies. (I love trying things out before committing to the full size). I had also been eyeballing Caudalie for years and never made the plunge. I really had been interested in the Vinosource moisturizing sorbet ( once again it just sound so fancy!) Caudalie’s claim to fame is its use of grape vine for its antioxidant properties. Wine for your face. Who could say no? My first impression of this little kit was that the size for a 500 point reward was pretty decent. It came with:
Instant foaming cleanser
Vinosource moisturizing sorbet
Instant detox mask
Resveratol lift eye cream
Of course being an ambitious skincare junkie I dove right in!
Let’s break it down by product:
–Instant Foaming cleanser– you know when the hand soap feels like it didn’t do anything? That’s how this felt. I also hate squeaky clean skin. I don’t like the feeling or the concept of squeaky oil free skin it creeps me the heck out. I like my skin to feel hydrated even after I wash it. Like I could step outside and awe the crowd with my glowing skin. This foaming cleanser did nothing except dry the fluff out of my face. It somehow leave all the makeup and grime on my skin but managed to suck the life out. I also felt like I had to use a lot of product to even make my face feel somewhat clean. Like several fluffy cloud pumps. Fluffy drying nuthin. Perfect description. You’re welcome.
–Vinosource Sorbet– I wanted sooooo bad to like this. It sounds like a delicious treat for your skin. However, once again, it left my skin needing more moisture. I even doubled up on it to really pack the moisture in. Nothing. Zip. Nada. It didn’t even have a scent that made it worthwhile. You guys. I’m so bummed. Plus the travel size bottle was probably only filled maybe 75% full. So it’s almost gone after a few uses. I get it. It’s a tiny travel trial deluxe sample size but way to skimp on the goods buddy. I can’t even say this would be good for another skin type it was so lackluster. I could recommend maybe for someone who wants light moisture. It does apply and absorb beautifully. It’s just…….so Boring and blahse.
–Instant detox mask– yay. Another boring clay mask. Wait. Was that rude? Probably but let’s be honest here everyone has a clay mask. I will let you know when I find the best one which still is to be found. This isn’t it. My skin didn’t even glow or feel awesome. I guess for a clay mask to put on your not so troubled skin it could be fantastic. I might add that this made the Elle magazine top beauty list! Whuuu?? It only made me even more bitter that 500 points were wasted on this fancy fail. I will Clay away from this. (Pretty punny, huh?)
–Resveratol lift eye cream– Meh. It takes 30-45 days to see skin improvement. I’ll let you know how I feel about this one. Nothing miraculous. It doesn’t weigh heavy on the delicate skin and absorbs rather well. It also does, however, have more product than the Vino sorbet tube. So that’s cool. Eye don’t know yet…….
Conclusion: As I was linking each of these items I couldn’t help to see that they have fantastic reviews! Like seriously. I don’t know where I went wrong. So overall I’m super disappointed but I really want to give it another go. I will probably will pick up some of the beauty elixirs to try because why not? Plus the holiday season is fast approaching and gift sets are the bomb. Am I right??!?
(I know some will ask and as for French skin care lines I highly recommend Lancome. I love their products. I know they tend to be really fragranced but their Energie De Vie line is bombtastic. It really made my hormonal combo skin happy. Yes, the price is high but quality cannot be sacrificed for quantity.)
Have you guys tried any Caudalie? What do you like? What didn’t you like?