Ignore the myths and take good care of your skin

Thanks to the combination of old wives’ tales and the online world of self-diagnoses, there is an abundance of conflicting skin care advice.

Often, it’s not at all accurate.

In fact, some of the so-called advice could be doing your skin more harm than anything.

Below, we debunk 7 of the most common skin myths we regularly come across and offer helpful tips on what to do instead to keep your skin smooth, glowing, and gorgeous.

Myth 1: You should exfoliate your skin at least 2 – 3 times a week

It’s never a good idea to over-exfoliate your skin. The small granules in scrubs are too large to penetrate into your pores. So, they scratch the surface, literally. That makes for thinner skin over time.

Instead, opt for a diligent cleansing routine to remove dead skin cells, surface debris, and makeup for younger, glowing skin.

Lather your cleanser onto a natural sea sponge and massage onto damp skin using circular motions. Remember to rinse well and pat your face dry.

Neocutis stocks a delightfully nourishing and gentle exfoliating range of cleansers.

Myth 2: You don’t need sunscreen when it’s cloudy, rainy or winter

Even if plummeting temperatures keep you wrapped up and indoors, you still need to protect your skin. When it comes to UVB and UVA, there’s no place to hide and no amount of rain, clouds or cold temperatures will protect you. Even sitting indoors by an open window or under fluorescent lighting is enough to do damage to your skin.

Apply a broad-spectrum SPF, like the excellent range from EltaMD, each and every day, regardless of your layers or indoor preferences.

Myth 3: Acne is always caused by not washing your face

This is one of the most popular myths we come across. Here are the facts: for acne to develop, you need a combination of sebum, bacteria, clogged pores, and inflammation.

Sure, not helping your face will make things worse, but it’s not the sole cause of acne.

To prevent acne, follow a regular regime of moisturizing, limiting sun exposure, and wearing too much pore-clogging makeup without thoroughly cleaning it off every day.

Myth 4: You should always use antibacterial soap to keep your skin clean

It’s normal for your skin to have bacteria on it. In fact, it’s close to impossible to keep skin totally free of bacteria for an amount of time. What’s more, experts suggest that using antibacterial soap could result in even more bacteria.

You don’t need to use an antibacterial soap every day. Thorough and consistent washing with regular soap can help prevent the spread of germs and infections.

Myth 5: Your skin type will never change

Your skin actually changes throughout your lifetime. That’s because it’s prone to a host of hormonal, environmental and seasonal changes.

It’s common for women to have a combination skin, such as dry and oily, and adult acne is often a common occurrence.

Keep your skin nourished with the right moisturizer and serum for your skin type. Seek professional advice as your skin changes to ensure you are using the right products at the right time in your life.

Myth 6: You should always use all your products from just one brand

This isn’t exactly a black and white area. If you want to buy your entire skincare routine from one brand, then yes, it’s easy enough to do and the products are usually designed to work together.

When you use one range, you know that you’re going to get just the right amount of SPF, anti-aging, and exfoliation benefits.

But what if your skin is going through a change? What if you buy an entire range only to find it doesn’t suit your skin?

It’s all about finding what works specifically for your skin. So, if you discover the perfect night cream from one brand and a soothing eye cream from another, it’s okay to cherry pick your selection.

Myth 7: Your skin is dry because you’re not drinking enough water

Dry skin is really a manifestation of inflammation that’s not visible to the naked eye.

One of the best ways to counter the causes of dry and flaky skin is internally with a healthy diet and antioxidant-rich supplements. Also, aim to keep baths and showers short and avoid hot water that dries out your skin. Again, avoid over-exfoliating and use gentle cleansers applied to a sea sponge to gently clean your skin.

As you can tell, the common thread is to keep skin protected from the sun and nourished with the right products for your particular skin type.

Ditch the myths and book a consultation at ENVY Skin Clinic to find the perfect regime for your skin.

 

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Prep Skin

Summer’s behind us now, but is your skin ready for the dramatic transition into fall?

Your skin is accustomed to the sunny, warm weather of summer, and now it must adapt to cooler, drier air. Fortunately, you can start prepping now to lay the foundation for a seamless transition for glowing, beautiful skin.

10 Ways to Get Your Skin Ready for Fall

  1. Add a serum to your routine

In the summer, a lightweight moisturizer was just fine to stop your skin from drying out. With cooler weather comes drier air. It may be a little too soon to switch to a heavier moisturizer but you can start using a serum like Neocutis’ Hyalis beneath your current moisturizer. This will help shield your skin from pore-clogging creams and creates a moisture-rich barrier to protect you from the change in weather.

  1. Thicken up that moisturizer

As fall starts to close in, ditch the lighter oil-free moisturizer you’ve been using in place for a heavier moisturizer to keep your skin healthy. Consider a cream with ceramides which act like fatty acids that your skin craves more of during colder months.

  1. Protect the thin skin under your eyes

The skin around the eyes is particularly fragile, which means it doesn’t cope well with exposure to cool, dry air. The good news is you can use a moisturizing eye cream like the range of eye products from ELASTIderm to ward off wrinkles and fine lines.

Eye creams have special formulas for exceptional moisture, perfect for protecting your skin this fall.

  1. Start exfoliating now

Have you noticed your skin getting dull and rough during the colder months? This a sign that you need to exfoliate, and you can start right now.

Exfoliation removes dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. Those dead skin cells don’t just produce a rough complexion, they also prevent your skin care products from properly penetrating into the deeper layers of your skin.

Aim to exfoliate once or twice a week as we go into the cooler months, but no more, as you don’t want to strip your skin of the moisture it richly needs right now.

  1. Lather up the lotion

Once summer’s humidity starts to disappear, your skin may be left feeling itchy and drier. That’s because there’s less moisture in the air to keep you hydrated.

One of the easiest ways to stop that itching is to hydrate your entire body, not just your face. Moisturizers like the EltaMD moisture-rich body cream contain enzymes that promote a skin barrier to retain moisture while nourishing your dry summer skin.

  1. Hold onto the sunscreen

Don’t throw away your summer sunscreen yet. Just because it’s getting darker and colder outside doesn’t mean your skin isn’t still bashed by damaging UV rays. You don’t need a separate sunscreen if your products already contain an SPF 30 or higher, though.

  1. Your skin is what you eat

Fall can be a busy time of year, making it all too easy to fall off the healthy wagon. Yet, healthy skin comes from within.

Stick to whole foods rich in fatty acids and antioxidants. Opt for oily fishes like salmon and antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables such as cauliflower, cucumbers, blueberries, and carrots.

  1. Don’t forget to prep your lips

Many people forget about their lips with their skincare routine, and that means dry, chapped lips come fall and winter. As with the rest of your body, you should exfoliate your lips and then nourish them with a lip balm at least twice a day to hydrate and protect them.

  1. Give your feet some TLC

Just because you’re putting the sandals away doesn’t mean you should forget about your feet until next summer. Keep your feet soft and smooth by remembering to exfoliate regularly and keeping them moisturized with a foot butter or moisture-rich cream.

  1. Invest in hand cream

Hands easily become cracked and dry during the colder months, with some people suffering itchy, dry chilblains, too. Start increasing the number of times you apply hand cream to your hands now for soft, supple digits all fall long.

After protecting your skin from the summer rays, don’t let all that hard work go to waste. With the above tips, you can effortlessly prep your skin for fall.

Need help getting on track? Book a treatment at ENVY Skin Clinic today.

 

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EltaMD Lip Balm, Lip Cancer Awareness, Envy Skin ClinicAre your lips shielded from the sun? Although many people are aware of the risks of UV damage to the skin, 70% of beachgoers use no lip protection according to a recent study by the Skin Cancer Foundation. Furthermore, the actual SPF provided by lip block is nearly always lower than the number on the label because the balm isn’t applied thickly or frequently enough.

The current state of lip cancer in the United States is rife with good news and bad news. While the lip cancer survival and cure rate is high, this form of cancer (along with skin cancer as a whole) is increasing dramatically. Often overlooked, a lack of sun protection, regular tobacco and alcohol consumption are factors in the development of lip cancer.

May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month, which means Envy Skin Clinic is providing FREE tubes of EltaMD UV Lip Balm Broad-Spectrum SPF 31 to our customers with the purchase of any sunscreen. This creamy, long-lasting moisturizing sunscreen soothes and protects dry, chapped and sun-exposed lips. The high-quality lip balm’s benefits include:

  • Water-Resistant (80 Minutes)
  • Moisturizing with Transparent Zinc Oxide
  • Fragrance-Free and Paraben-Free
  • Sensitivity-Free
  • Doesn’t Block Pores

EltaMD UV Lip Balm Broad-Spectrum SPF 31 not only helps prevent sunburn, it can decrease the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging caused by the sun. Liberally apply the lip balm 15 minutes before sun exposure and reapply after 80 minutes of swimming or sweating. Make sure to reapply every two hours and immediately after towel drying. Lip cancer is a serious health risk and must be taken seriously. Stop by Envy Skin Clinic to take advantage of our May promotion and protect your lips!

EltaMD Skincare ProductsFrom gentle cleansers to intense moisturizers and innovative formulas that repair visible signs of aging, EltaMD’s line of skincare products can generate fresh and healthy skin. Whether ypu need a morning and evening facial cleanser or post-laser treatment relief, EltaMD products stimulate the skin and offer a quick and dramatic improvement.

At Envy Skin Clinic, the EltaMD skincare products we carry include:

  • EltaMD Foaming & Deep Pore Facial Cleansers
  • EltaMD Renew Eye Gel
  • EltaMD Barrier Renewal Complex
  • EltaMD AM & PM Facial Moisturizers
  • EltaMD Moisture-Rich Body Crème
  • EltaMD Lotion & Moisturizer
  • EltaMD Laser Enzyme Gel & Laser Balm Post-Procedure Healing Ointment

With clinically-proven and long-lasting results, EltaMD products rejuvenate your skin and offer many benefits to your skin. Depending on the product, EltaMD can:

  • Relieve Dry, Flaky and Irritated Skin and Lips
  • Fade Wrinkles, Fine Lines, Under-Eye Puffiness and Dark Circles
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  • Increase Skin Elasticity
  • Protect Minor Cuts, Scrapes and Bruises
  • Alleviate Minor to Severe Sunburns and Other Burns
  • Relieve Symptoms of Eczema and Atopic Dermatitis
  • Ease the Itch and Irritation Following Laser Procedures
  • Heal Damaged Skin

With advanced technology and natural ingredients, EltaMD products provide soft and smooth skin for all skin types. Cleanse, moisturize and protect for skin that looks good and feels great! Need more information on the EltaMD products we carry and which one is right for your skin? Call Envy Skin Clinic today at 952-983-4588.