SKIN CARE MYTHS
Myth #1: The skin is impermeable
If the skin is impermeable, you clearly need a delivery system consisting of fancy marketed nanoparticles designed by that famous scientist in Switzerland. Unfortunately, that famous scientist in Switzerland does not exist, or never published anything in a reputable scientific journal. Even worse, they are lying about skin properties. The skin is not impermeable and you don't need any delivery system to get an active into your skin. It may help if you apply serum after a shower, but that is more or less it. Whatever you apply to the skin, it will be absorbed, for better and for worse.
Myth #2: There is a magic solution
There is no magic solution and no ingredient is going to rejuvenate your skin ON ITS OWN. Your skin is a very complex system and has complex requirements. As we age, our body starts to "short change" the skin, even when you have a healthy diet and take your multivitamins. Simply, there are fewer blood vessels reaching your dermis and they are delivering fewer nutrients to the skin. Just one ingredient will not make a big change. Why? Because as soon as your skin has enough of ingredient A, another ingredient, B or C, will limit the capacity of your skin to regenerate. Remember to take care of your skin and give it the nutrition it needs for overall long-term health. This means a healthy diet and healthy lifestyle.
Myth #3: Everyone’s skin care regimen needs to have a cleaner, toner, and moisturizer
Everyone has unique skin – which is why we support and encourage trying different products from time to time. We aim to suite a variety of skin care needs.
Now, cleansing is important to keep skin clear, even if you do not live or work in a polluted city.
You should forget about those alcohol rich toners, as they will only damage your skin. If you feel that you need a toner after your cleanser, give a hydrosol a try, but it isn’t a necessary step for most people.
As far as the moisturizer step goes, you need a lot more than that! Use a serum that will help your skin by providing beneficial nutrients and actives. Extremely oily skins may not need a moisturizer in the beginning. Silicones (the ingredient that gives a "silky feel" to creams and lotions) is perfect for keeping moisture in but will do nothing else for your skin, and may even slow down absorption of valuable nutrients. Using a nutrient rich cream will help your skin long-term. And if you are planning to live a long and fruitful life, you will need your skin to do its job for quite a while so you'd better think long-term. Think nutrition and then choose the serum and/or cream that provides the right amount of moisture for your skin’s needs.
Myth #4: DNA and stem cells will help your skin
Any skin care product that includes these is trying to take advantage of what is in fashion. Your cells have your own DNA, which you inherited from your parents. Your cells will express certain genes that correspond to that organ (in this case, skin) and time in your life (a baby does not express the same genes as an adult).
When applied to the skin, DNA that belongs to other animals will fortunately not be used to make the proteins of the other animal. Our immune system will not let anything get to the nuclei of your living cells, otherwise it would wreak havoc. Havoc is what happens when foreign DNA does actually get to the nuclei of your cells: it is what happens when a virus cheats your immune system and manages to get in. It will take further action from the immune system to eventually get rid of the foreign DNA.
So what happens to the DNA that marketers get you to apply to your skin? Most of it will be washed away, some of it will be broken down and your skin may absorb the components: nucleotides, sugars, phosphate, etc. The same thing will happen to the stem cells from cow, horse, or whatever. If your immune system is working well, nothing will get in, unless it is broken down to skin food first.
Myth #5: Natural is good, synthetic is bad
Just two words: "stinging nettle". Two more: "poison oak". Plants can't run, and they have lots of predators, including humans. Their defense? Producing chemicals that will stop (or deter) animals from eating them. "Natural" has lately become a buzz word, often emptied of any content. For example: It is true that you can find allantoin in comfrey, but the ingredient used in skin care products is likely to be synthetic. Not that it matters, the chemical extracted from the plant cannot be distinguished from the synthetic one, but this approach only perpetuates the myth.
Myth #6: Your skin needs extra oxygen
No, it doesn't. Our skin gets more than enough oxygen from the air and through the blood vessels that irrigate the dermis. In fact, our skin gets too much oxygen and oxygen is partly to blame for aging skin. The "excess" does not result in more energy because our blood and mitochondria are saturated with oxygen (i.e. have as much as they need). The extra free radicals will age the skin, increase mutations in our cells' DNA, and break down the lipids in the cell membranes. If somebody else wants to sell you a cream with hemoglobin (cow's blood) tell them that dead, old protein will do nothing for your skin, and run.
Myth #7: A product can close your pores
No, it cannot. Your pores do not have muscles controlling their size or movement. Only clean pores, less sun damage and firm skin will give the appearance of refined pores.