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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Sweaty armpits stressing you out? From workplace presentations to romantic dates, wet and smelly underarms can threaten to sour your most important occasions—until now. miraDry is the first and only non-invasive treatment to permanently eliminate your underarm sweat and odor glands.

miraDryCleared by the FDA, a miraDry procedure eliminates underarm sweat and helps you feel clean, confident and carefree 24/7. Results have been proven according to a clinical study, with patients experiencing an average of 82% underarm sweat reduction.

How it Works

MiraDry is simple and effective. The system safely and permanently destroys sweat and odor glands in your underarm area, ensuring that your treatment will last forever!

After your treatment area has been marked and numbed, a miraDry specialist will place the handpiece directly to your underarm to apply the procedure. Once the handpiece is in place and activated, you will feel a slight suction as your skin and glands are brought closer to the surface for optimal results.

Finally, miraWave energy is delivered to remove your sweat and odor glands. Throughout the entire process, your skin is soothed and cooled to ensure your treatment is painless and comfortable. Two procedures spaced three months apart are typically recommended to maximize the quality and permanence of your results. Each appointment is quick and convenient, generally lasting for about an hour.

Your Results

MiraDry results are immediate as well as permanent. You should notice a reduction in underarm sweat right after your treatment. In addition to sweat reduction, miraDry helps reduce underarm hair and odor.

Say goodbye to wet marks, body odor and chalky white antiperspirant stains on all your favorite clothes. If your antiperspirant deodorant just isn’t cutting it, try miraDry for a natural, toxin-free lifestyle. From the office to social events to the comfort of your living room, a quick and easy miraDry procedure will give you one less thing to worry about.

So what are you waiting for? Schedule your miraDry appointment today for an underarm treatment that is literally no sweat!

Maybe dry skin and static cling are annoying during the winter months?

Here are only a few more reasons to consider a humidifier during the cold, dry season.

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Heal faster: Whether it be a cold or allergies, a humidifier keeps your nasal passages lubricated, which helps speed up the healing process when you’re under the weather. For people with bad allergies, there are humidifiers that are specially designed to purify the air as well.

Fewer nosebleeds: Another reason keeping your nasal passages moist and lubricated is helpful in preventing nosebleeds. If you’re regularly experiencing nosebleeds due to your dry climate, it’s worth a try. Many people have found that it makes a big difference.

Support beautiful skin: Soothe dry skin by sleeping with a humidifier on through the night. In the morning, you’ll not only notice that your face looks suppler, and your hands and lips won’t feel dry and dehydrated either.

*The type of humidifier you choose depends on your preferences, budget, and the extent of the area in which you want to add moisture. There are five types of humidifiers:

  • central humidifiers
  • evaporators
  • impeller humidifiers
  • steam vaporizers
  • ultrasonic humidifiers

For the best results, the Environmental Protection Agency recommends that the humidity level in your home not exceed 50 percent. (EPA)

*Source- Healthline

Relief from Eczema

November 14, 2014

Eczema is an itchy rash that’s often hard to get rid of. Most people can’t help scratching it, which further irritates the skin. Eczema is often, but not always, related to allergies.

Skin affected by eczema loses water easily, so treatment involves rehydrating the skin by taking warm (not hot) baths or showers and then promptly applying moisturizers. Thick creams that lock in the moisture can help a lot. Use creams or lotions without fragrances or preservatives. You should also limit the use of shampoos and soaps to once or twice a week. These products remove the skin’s natural oils and worsen dryness. Over-the-counter antihistamines can help with the itch, too.

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First Steps to Treating Eczema

If you have eczema, it is important to take good care of your skin. Take warm (not hot!) baths on a regular basis and immediately applying moisturizers afterward will help keep your skin moist. You’ll find more information about this in the bathing and moisturizing section. In order for prescription medications to be most effective, a proper bathing and moisturizing regimen is required.

Eczema prevention check list:

  • Moisturize every day.
  • Wear cotton or soft fabrics. Avoid rough, scratchy fibers and tight clothing.
  • Take lukewarm baths and showers, using mild soap or non-soap cleanser
  • Gently pat your skin dry with a soft towel – do not rub.
  • Apply a moisturizer within 3 minutes after bathing to “lock in” moisture.
  • When possible, avoid rapid changes of temperature and activities that make you sweat.
  • Learn your eczema triggers and avoid them.
  • Use a humidifier in dry or cold weather.
  • Keep your fingernails short to help keep scratching from breaking the skin.
  • Some people with allergies find it helps to remove carpets from their house, and give pets dander treatments.

Please contact your health care provider with additional questions.

Source: National Eczema Association

Drink Up!

February 8, 2013

How important is water to your body, inside and out?

Take a close look…

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Are you tired of shaving? Have you considered laser hair removal? What is laser hair removal?

Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is a procedure in which hair is destroyed by utilizing a long pulse laser. This process has been designed and perfected through years of research and experience.

The laser parameters are carefully determined by examining the anatomy of the hair follicle and precisely matching the laser light and pulse duration to the follicle size, depth and location. This process prevents the regrowth of the hair in the designated treatment area.

Watch the video for more…

Protect your lips

January 2, 2013

During the winter months the lips get especially dry.

Keep drinking plenty of water, protect and hydrate your lips.

Try out Envy Skin Clinic’s newest product…

Elta lip balm

Moisturizing lip sunscreen with transparent zinc oxide

  • UVA/UVB protection
  • Long-lasting moisturization
  • Antioxidants helpabsorb free radicals
  • Water-Resistant (80 minutes)

EltaMD® UV Lip Balm Broad-Spectrum SPF 31 soothes and UV protects dry, chapped and sun-exposed lips. Transparent zinc oxide, antioxidants, and creamy, long-lasting moisturizers are blended in a sheer, water-resistant formula.

EltaMD UV Lip Balm contains 5% Hydromanil to provide immediate and long-term moisturizing. Hydromanil is a unique, three-dimensional glycol-matrix delivery system that releases moisturizing molecules sequentially into the stratum corneum, resulting in a highly significant improvement of both immediate and long-lasting skin hydration. Powerful UV protection and a cosmetically elegant formula make EltaMD UV Lip Balm the ideal lip protectorfor all skin types and lifestyles.

EltaMD UV Lip Balm is fragrance-free, paraben-free, sensitivity-free and noncomedogenic.

Active Ingredients:  Octinoxate 7.5%; Zinc Oxide 5.0%