7 Millennial Skin Myths Busted By A Pro
These days, you only need to indulge in a couple of scrolls of your Instagram Discover feed to see an onslaught of beauty bloggers, makeup artists and influencers harping on about how to get ~perfect~ skin which requires #nofilter at all.
...But are all the Insta fads the real deal? Will slathering your skin in overpriced oils and removing your makeup with expensive exfoliators going to keep it healthy and clean?
Instead of letting Google be your guide, we've enlisted the help of expert skin therapist and Dermaviduals ambassador Robyn McAlpine to help demystify the weird and wonderful world of millennial skin myths.
You are most welcome.
Myth 1: More steps & more ingredients = better results
Have you ever watched a beauty routine on YouTube and thought, where's the storage unit they're keeping all of these products!? Well, according to Robyn, sometimes less is more when it comes to your skin.
"With skin, active ingredients are great and brilliant when looking to change how skin is behaving, but keeping it simple and not overcomplicating things is always a winner in my eyes! An easy, three step routine is easy to maintain and ensures you are covering the basics of keeping your skin healthy."
"Skin doesn’t need a 10-step program to achieve results. This is why I love Dermaviduals as I can really customise a basic skin care routine but add appropriate actives into the bespoke moisturiser but also reduce the number of steps, making a daily skin care regime more streamlined."
Myth 2: Facial oils are a MUST for any beauty routine
There's no doubt about it – facials oils are a BIG deal in the beauty blogger world right now...but according to Robyn, not all oils are created equally.
"Looking at the quality of the oil is really important as some could cause congestion. Not all skins need a facial oil in a routine but they are a great option for drier skins in wintertime to help support the skins barrier function. I like to work with a high quality, organically sourced Jojoba oil, like that from Dermaviduals."
Myth 3: Using a face wipe to remove makeup is enough
We've all been there – you get home after a big night out or a massive day at work, and swiping a makeup wipe over your face a few times sounds far more appealing than getting stuck into a complicated cleansing routine. But Robyn says this is a BIG no-no if you're trying to keep your skin in tip top condition.
"A face wipe does not a cleansed skin make! If I achieve anything in my life it would be to ban the make-up wipes. First and foremost, they are not adequate in cleansing and the ingredients of a face wipe should not be left on the skins surface."
"Using a skin specific cleanser, that also works to break up make up but also cleanse the skin and using it twice will not only remove all of your makeup, but leave your skin properly cleansed, without the not so skin friendly ingredients found in makeup wipes. "
Myth 4: Exfoliating your skin daily is KEY to clear skin
There's nothing like that squeaky clean feeling after a good scrub, but while exfoliating can help the skin feel smooth, Robyn says doing it daily "removes too many layers and our skin can't keep up with the turn over."
"The process of our bodies making new skin takes a month to create a new top layer. Gentle exfoliating once per week is all your skin should require. If you feel the need to continually exfoliate, have a chat with a corneotherapist and find out why your skin is not feeling smooth. I love the Dermaviduals Peeling cream as it gives a gentle smoothening whilst also repairing and maintaining the skins barrier."
Myth 5: If it smells good, it’s good for my skin
Who doesn't love smelling like a field of daisies or a gorgeous mango cocktail topped with strawberries and whipped cream? While it's easy to be drawn to beauty products that smell divine, skin expert Robyn says fragrances and perfumes are big disruptors to our skin.
"They increase cellular inflammation and can exacerbate pigmentation within the skin. Most fragrances are also sun sensitizing, increasing our risk of sun damage. Our skin doesn’t need to smell like a bouquet, our cells don’t need perfume to function!!"
Myth 6: Oily skin doesn’t need moisturiser
If you suffer from oily skin, slathering it in moisturiser might sounds like a terrible idea, but according to Robyn, all skin needs moisturiser including oily skin.
"The skin specific moisturiser will support the skin barrier without making an oily skin oilier. Th composition for a moisturiser formulated for an oily skin is different to that for a drier skin. Oily skin still needs all of the benefits of a moisturiser, to protect, nourish and provide the skin with support."
Myth 7: My foundation has SPF, so I don’t need a sunscreen
While stocking up on makeup with SPF is a great option, it's not a foolproof way to protect your skin from harmful rays.
Robyn asks the very valid questions: "What about the days you don’t want to wear makeup? What about weekends, going to the gym, or days you you’re just running errands want to be make up free? Also, we only wear makeup on our face. What about our neck, décolletage, ears and other areas that are exposed to sun daily yet we don’t apply make up?"
"We also need to apply sunscreen frequently to adequate protection, in a higher SPF rating than a makeup may provide. Having a sunscreen separate to your make up ensure you are well protected no matter where on your body and what your life throws at you!"
Now, go forth and have beautiful radiant skin.