Recently I was helping a client decide which facial would best suit her skin type and needs. I mentioned that one certain facial had an aha exfoliant and she said she was told "Never to exfoliate the skin during the winter, that it would dry it out." My reply was a simple one. If we don't lightly exfoliate the skin then the products we use to hydrate and moisturize the skin can penetrate past those dead skin cells to. While it is true deeper forms of exfoliation can make the skin peel and flake, lightly exfoliating with ingredient like glycol acid can actually increase hydration.
I've heard "You should never remove blackheads, because it just makes your pores look bigger." While directly after extracting a blackhead from a pore, the pore may look bigger, or open, this is only temporary. It can take a little bit of time for the pore to close back up. Blackhead and whitehead removal needs to be done in a clean environment and is best left to a qualified skin care specialist. Picking blackheads or whiteheads in unsanitary conditions and using things like your fingertips can create more bacteria growth, cause more inflammation and swelling, and can lead to dark spots or scarring.
Another "Myth" is that waxing causes wrinkles. I think this myth comes from people believing that wax pulls aggressively on the skin. Waxing, especially when performed by an experienced technician, barely sticks to the skin and only sticks to the hairs being pulled out. This is especially true when a hard wax in used.
One of my favorites, that I hear all the time, is "I'm allergic to wax". I'm not saying that it isn't possible to be allergic to wax or some of its ingredients, it could happen. But many people experience breakouts or what looks like hives after waxing. For some this is an easily remedied problem. Waxing removes the hair from the follicle that once acted like a wick, bringing sebum or oil up to moisturize the skin and create a barrier to keep out foreign matter. When the "Wick" is removed the oils can get trapped inside the pore, causing a breakout. Doing a light exfoliation a few hours or a day after waxing can help keep the oil from backing up and can soften the skin. The other "Hive" like reaction is a histamine response. This can be avoided by taking an over-the-counter anti-histamine medication, such as Benadryl prior to waxing or a topical medication after waxing.
What are some of the "Myths" you have heard? Is there something you were told that you "NEED TO DO" to have beautiful skin that you wonder about? Let me help!