To help you separate fact from the fiction, here are the ones I get asked about most.
1. Myth: You should change your products every 6 months because your skin gets ‘used’ to them and they will stop working.
Truth: You actually want your skin to get ‘used’ to your products!
Your skin understanding your products never means they have ‘stopped working’. It actually means the opposite – that they’re working well and keeping your skin calm, regulated and balanced.
The key to healthy, happy skin is skin balance.
Sensitive skin is easily thrown off balance. Each time you change products, you’re introducing new ingredients and changing oil and pH levels, which can lead to disrupted, irritated skin if you’re prone to reactivity.
I do believe in varying your moisturiser seasonally to meet its changing hydration needs – however I don’t believe in shaking up your routine purely for the sake of it.
If you’re a ‘chopper and changer’, then my advice would be to find products that work – and stick with them. Your skin will thank you!
2. Myth: Blackheads are caused by dirt clogging your pores.
Truth: Blackheads are actually a mixture of sebum and dead skin cells which have blocked a hair follicle.
They form a kind of ‘plug’ that fills the pore, and as the mixture oxidises (reacts with the air) it takes on the classic dark hue.
Blackheads can be really frustrating, but do try and resist the urge to squeeze or pick them!
Instead, exfoliate regularly with a gentle product such as our Kukui & Jojoba Bead Skin Brightening Exfoliator– as this will help remove blackheads and prevent them recurring.
3. Myth: I won’t react to ‘hypo-allergenic’ products
Truth: There is no legal definition of the word ‘hypo-allergenic’.
All it has come to mean is that a product will cause “fewer allergic reactions” – usually because one common irritant has been left out (a fragrance or detergent like Sodium Lauryl Sulphate for example.).
But as us sensitive souls know, there are heaps of other preservatives, detergents and oils which can irritate the skin.
As always, get to know your personal triggers and read your ingredients list to best protect your skin.
If you have any other beauty myths you’d like demystified let me know!