We all know that lemon juice is bad for your skin, that you should regularly
wash your cosmetic brushes, and that you shouldn't leave the house
without sunscreen. But there are less discussed beauty mistakes (and myths)
out there that could possibly lead you down a path riddled with unfortunate
skin woes. We spoke to a few pros to give you the 4-1-1, so read and change
your ways if you're guilty as charged. And of course, as always, if
you have any Q's about your routine, talk to your doc.
Truth: Your Hair Products Could Be Causing an Allergic Reaction
You may jump to conclusions and assume that those breakouts around your
hairline and fringed forehead are acne. While that
may be a culprit, an isolated splattering in these areas could potentially
point to a bad reaction to a hair-care product. Anita Sun, medical esthetician
and co-founder of Dermovia Lace Your Face, says if you notice tiny, blistery
bumps, breakouts, and blemishes along your hairline or forehead, it could
mean you're having an allergic reaction to a hair product.
Truth: Makeup Can Be Good For Your Skin
"The misconception that putting on less or no makeup to allow your
skin to rest can actually be harmful to your skin," says celebrity
makeup artist Allan Avendano, whose client roster includes Zendaya, Sarah
Hyland, and Gigi Hadid.
"The fact is that stepping outside of your house during the day exposes
you to harmful UV rays and going out with makeup actually gives you a
protective barrier," Avendano says. "Most foundations have titanium
dioxide or some form of SPF, and even if there is a minimal amount, it
still can act as a protective barrier. The key is to have something on
so the rays aren't directly hitting your skin."
Clearly, Avendano is talking about SPF here, so that doesn't mean to
forgo your usual sunscreen for just foundation. He also doesn't mean
going to bed with your makeup on!
But on another note, there are plenty of makeup formulas out there with
skin-care benefits, like ingredients built in that address anti-aging,
hydration, and more.
Truth: It's Totally Possible to Over Exfoliate
You should definitely exfoliate, you guys. You just shouldn't
"Somehow women have gotten the impression that the more they use retinols,
glycolics, and scrubs the better. However, we really need to understand
that the skin can only take so much of that stuff," says Joanna Vargas,
celebrity facialist and founder of her own brand.
"I see time and again women who come in with red, inflamed skin who
think they need more peels and microdermabrasion. The skin thins over
time with all of that, and I think we can all agree that once you reach
the point of inflammation you really can't expect anything good to
Vargas says you should exfoliate no more than twice a week in the spring
and summer and that once per week in the winter is plenty.
Truth: There's a Right to Apply Your Products
With the introduction of more and more product types--masks and serums
and oils and creams, oh my!-- things can get a little confusing during
your skin-care regimen.
"As a rule, I like to apply everything from the lightest consistency
to the heaviest," says Avendano. For example, after you cleanse,
you should apply your toner to help balance the pH of your skin. Then,
you can move on to your serum, then face and eye creams. If you're
doing a special treatment, such as a peel or a face mask, try doing that
after you cleanse and before you tone.
"As a side note, don't apply all different serums for different
benefits all at once," adds Avendano. "Alternate them to get
the maximum benefit of each one." Again, talking to your derm about
what products can be layered over top of one another is key.
Truth: Medicine Can Make Your Skin More Sensitive
"Ibuprofen-including advil and Motrin--can make you sun sensitive
and increase risk of sunburn," says Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, founder
and director of the Capital Laser & Skin Care and assistant clinical
professor of dermatology at George Washington University Medical Center.
The same is true of certain antibiotics and other over-the-counter drugs.
You should talk to your doctor about the side effects of any prescribed
medicine you're taking, and always be aware of the effects of OTC meds.
When in doubt, load up on the SPF, wear a large hat, and try to keep out
of the sun.
Originally featured on Yahoo Beauty from InStyle Magazine