When it comes to choosing and using cosmeceuticals, everyone seems to be an expert. While there is a lot of common wisdom about skin care, there are also a lot of common misconceptions. From the way you use your skin care products to the way that they should affect your skin, you may believe a lot of things about your skin care routine that are actually not true. If you have been operating under any of these common beliefs, it is time to make some changes to your routine.
Cosmeceuticals with Chemicals Are Always Bad
Many people immediately avoid any cosmeceuticals that have the world chemical in their description and immediately trust any that have the word natural on the packaging. In reality, it is just as possible to have an adverse reaction to a natural product as it is to a product that has artificial ingredients. It is also important to keep in mind that the word chemical on cosmeceuticals does not always refer to a harmful substance in the formula. For example, a chemical exfoliator refers to an exfoliator that works without scrubbing and, in many cases, is the safer option.
If It Burns, It Is Working
When we are kids and cut our knees, our mothers often tell us that the peroxide they put on it burns because it is working. As a result, we grow up believing the same thing about our skin care products. Beauty should not be pain, however, and if a product is making your skin burn, you need to remove it from your skin immediately. Burning is a sign that your skin is rejecting the product for some reason and that you are likely on your way to an adverse reaction. There are plenty of cosmeceuticals available that will treat your skin without causing you pain and those are the ones you should be using.
Use Hot Water for a Thorough Cleaning
It is well known that hot water opens your pores and cold water closes them. Many people believe that, in order to get the best clean for their faces, they need to shock their pores open with hot water and then shock them closed with cold water. In fact, this causes stress to the skin and can lead to more visible pores, in addition to other issues. Lukewarm water is the best option for every step of your cleansing process and will leave your pores more than open enough to fully absorb your skin care products.
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