Reading through various skin care blogs and magazines here and there made me much more aware as to what is really good for your skin and what is really harmful for your skin. Here I have compiled 5 shocking skincare facts that you probably are not aware but I think will find interesting to know:
1) “Hypoallergenic” does not mean something.
Hypoallergenic by the dictionary definition indicates below normal or slightly allergenic, but there is no guideline in any nation that provides an official certification approach that a skin treatment or beauty product must possess prior to being labeled as hypoallergenic. Although most brands would never ever release a product with a high threat of allergy as hypoallergenic, it is still possible for a person to have a bad reaction to it.
2) A sunscreen labeled as providing 100% SPF protection is total B.S.
Here is the formula to calculate how much SPF protection you have with a product:
% of protection = 100 – (1/SPF number ) x 100
So if we have a SPF100 labeled suncreen, the percent protection it provides is = 100 – (1/100) x 100 = 99.9%
Don’t trust products that are falsely labeled as providing 100% SPF protection!
3) Never apply a self-tanner before going out into the sun!
Why? It’s because most self-tanners contain dihydroxyacetone (DHA) as their magic ingredient. And if the skin has been in contact with DHA within 24 hours, this contact causes the skin to release 180% more free radicals when exposed to sun. So never use a self-tanner and go to the beach unless you also apply a strong SPF sunscreen too.
4) Avoid all apricot scrub facial products.
I know I used the St Ives Apricot Scrub daily when I was in high school all the time and loved it. But I always found it to be quite harsh on the skin afterwards. And now after reading more information about apricots and how they are used in cosmetics, I stopped. Apricot granules have rough very triangular shaped edges. And when scrubbed onto your skin roughly, it can really rip or stretch your pores. It’s best to stick with top facial scrub products that use gentle ingredients but are very effective in removing your dead cells on your face like my personal recommendation, TwinLuxe Renewing Face Wash & Scrub. Great for men and women.
5) Mixing some skin care ingredients deactivates them.
One has to keep in mind that skin care is very much chemistry related. Active ingredients in the products can affect other ingredients making some chemically inactive. For example, using heavier skincare products under a lighter one may not be a good idea. Higher concentrations of occlusive agents like mineral oil and petrolatum found in heavier skin care products sometimes prevent ingredients in lighter products like serums from reaching your skin. If you are going to use both heavy and light feeling skin care prodcuts, apply the light one first.
Hopefully you learned a bit after reading this. I am here to help educate people from skin care faux pas and truths.