It’s Part 3 in my natural beauty series with the fabulous Tata Harper! For this installment, I asked Tata to come up with 5 beauty myths that she thought were perpetuated all too often. Whether you’re going for a natural skincare and beauty routine or not, these myths are things that apply to any regimen. Other than the ones below, do you have any beauty myths to dispel? Share them in the comments!
MYTH: You should wash your face with soap if you have oily or breakout-prone skin.
Oily and break-out prone skin needs exactly the opposite! Soaps, detergents and alcohol all strip the skin of moisture and natural oils, which leaves it feeling squeaky-clean and a little dry – which isn’t a good thing. Skin that’s robbed of its natural moisture immediately goes into oil-production-overdrive, to replenish what it’s lost. While the clean feeling may last a little while, oily skin will find that it’s even oilier before the day is through, because your skin is trying to get back into a hydrated balance. Instead, cleanse the skin with non-stripping ingredients like enzymes, clays and essential oils that purify and cleanse without disrupting the moisture barrier.
Victoria notes: This one is so true for me! I had a period in my mid 20s where my skin went from dry to oiler, and no cleanser I used seemed to solve the acne problem. For a time, I switched to a completely oil based cleanser (yes, I washed my face with OIL) and the problem completely cleared up on its own — no other medicines or harsh pimple treatments needed. It was incredible!
MYTH: You don’t need SPF if it’s cloudy outside.
Unfortunately, UVA penetrates clouds, fog – even glass – which means we’re never really safe (unless we are wearing our SPF!) – and UVA is the family of rays that really contributes to signs of aging, including wrinkles and spots (called photo-aging). Long story short – any time spent outside, in any season, really should involve SPF.
Victoria notes: natural SPF is a complicated topic that I might save for another day. Without overtaking this post, I recommend looking for a physical or “mineral” sunblocker, which means looking for ingredients like zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. I asked Tata what she uses and she recommends this product.)
MYTH: You should switch your skincare routine every few months.
There is a common idea that the skin adapts to products if you use them for too long, and they become ineffective. This is a myth – in fact, sticking to a consistent routine of products that work for your skin is the best strategy for seeing the long-term results offered by the products, and by using the products as a system.
MYTH: Blackheads are caused by dirty skin.
In fact, they’re caused by the combination of sebum, or oil, and dead skin. That’s why regular (we suggest daily) exfoliation is key – the skin is in a constant state of renewal, and it produces oil and dead skin every day. Removing that buildup at the end of every day is essential for keeping the complexion clear and pores minimized.
Victoria notes: Exfoliating everyday doesn’t HAVE to mean investing in an exfoliation system like a Clarisonic or a FOREO Luna. Using a gentle face wash with exfoliation beads (Tata’s Refreshing Cleanser is a great example) can be enough for many skin types.
MYTH: The neck and jawline don’t needed to be included in your daily anti-aging routine.
While this isn’t exactly a myth, it’s definitely something we need to point out often – don’t neglect your neck, jawline and upper chest area when applying your daily anti-aging products! The skin there can start showing signs of aging around the same time as the face, so be sure to extend your Serums down below the chin, to support youthful shape and fight deep wrinkles. You’ll be glad you did!
Victoria notes: Oops, duly noted. I need to be better about this!
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Check out past posts in Tata’s natural beauty series with vmac+cheese:
Beauty, Naturally: A Chat with Tata Harper
10 Ingredients to Avoid in Beauty Products