Swimsuit model Bar Refaeli knows the importance of good skin. Photo: Getty
With bare-skin season just around the corner, it’s time to set the sun and skin care records straight. Here are four popular skin myths busted.
1. 30 is the perfect age to start using anti-ageing products. False.
You can spend your entire week's salary on a souped-up anti-ageing serum, but when it comes to the crunch, sunscreen is the ultimate anti-ageing product out there. Following a consistent sun protection routine will not only minimise the amount of sun-related damage it will also cut down on the amount of anti-ageing products (or procedures) you’ll need further down the track. Just remember: your face stops at your chest so whatever product you’re using on the dial – be it cleanser, moisturiser, exfoliator or sunscreen, needs to be extended down to the neck and décolletage.
Try Milk Dry Touch Sunscreen SPF 30, $32.95, milkskincare.com, which goes on with a semi-matte finish to stop if from feeling greasy under makeup.
2. Splurging on an expensive cleanser is a waste of money. False.
Most anti-ageing cleansers containing active ingredients like glycolic acid, work wonders at helping to improve skin clarity and texture. The only catch is that you need to allow for extra time in your routine to apply the product correctly. For maximum absorption always massage the product onto damp skin and leave it to settle for two minutes before rinsing.
3. Squeezing doesn’t cause scarring. False.
Squeezing blackheads and blemishes can pull at pores causing them to stretch and appear more obvious. The solution: treat the skin to a double cleanse at night and try using a chemical exfoliator, such as DMK Micro Peel, $86, dannemking.com, which works a treat at sloughing away at dead surface cells to minimise congestion.
3. If you’re wearing makeup with SPF that means you’re covered? False.
Although most skincare and foundation products boast SPF, it can be tricky to estimate whether you’re applying enough of a product to gain the full SPF value. Instead, always play it safe by applying an SPF 30 sunscreen and leave it to absorb before topping things off with foundation.
4. There are 3-steps to every skincare routine. False.
Despite the continued popularity of the classic three-step routine –made up of cleansing, toning and moisturising, there’s no such thing as a one-fits-all approach to skincare. Instead, it’s about finding the right combination of products and ingredients that work best for your skin type. The bottom line: cleanser and sunblock are the only essentials and the rest you can take or leave depending on your skin’s needs.