#CarveComeliness: Myth Busting to a Better Skin Care Routine | CARVE AFRICA

#CarveComeliness: Myth Busting to a Better Skin Care Routine

With Social Distancing well underway and many of under COVID-19 lockdown, one is pretty sure to turn to the internet for entertainment and skin care DIY solutions. Take it from someone who has expertise in the skincare industry, don’t believe everything you see on the net, dolls. When it comes to all things skin care, there are a lot of untruths and silly trends to get people to buy their products.

Now when it comes to glowing skin, don’t be so hard on yourselves huns. Don’t let social media let you think otherwise because we are not the same. Oily skin is seen as problematic skin… here is the thing, no matter how expensive your product may be, it cannot change how much sebum (oil) your skin produces. It is easier to get clogged pores and pimples when one has oily skin and that’s why it’s essential to have a skin care routine accustomed to you. Use a face wash for oily skin and don’t forget to tone. To combat clogging, hyperpigmentation (dark marks) and pimples, use a granular scrub.
Please don’t use sugar, the granules are rough and may cause irritation to the skin. Rather use a combination of coconut oil and bicarbonate of soda. Masking is considered food for the skin, now when masking, think about the problem that you are trying to solve… don’t go and use an avocado mask on an already oily skin. Go for a hydrating mask or an aloe mask.

Please avoid using lemon on the skin, its acidic and disrupts the pH level of the skin. Using lemon strips away what’s called the Acid Mantle, which is a film that protects us from UV rays and pollutants.

If you must pop a pimple, use ear buds because under the nails may be dirty and nails may cause scarring caused by the excessive squeezing.

Always moisturise, not moisturising tricks the skin into producing more sebum.
When applying makeup, use a primer to create a protective barrier. It also minimises the look of large pores.

We treat sensitive, dry and matured skin in almost the same way, use a gentle face wash, use an enzymatic exfoliator. Enzymatic exfoliators are a more mild exfoliating option and the best for sensitive skin types. Enzymes come from natural sources like fruits, and are not granular but come in liquid form. Sensitive, dry and matured skin types are scientifically thinner than oily skin types, and that’s why one needs to be careful when busy with a skin care routine. When masking, again think about the problem that you are trying to solve. For example, don’t use a clay mask, it will leave the skin cracked and painful.

The skin is the last organ to receive water and the skin responds more topically than orally, so the drinking more water to get clear skin is a myth. Imagine drinking water to change your genetic make up.

Drug store skin care products work just enough to keep you coming for more. If you are looking for products with active ingredients, go to a Spa or a skin clinic where they will advice on what products to use. If you have a severe case of skin ailments, please consult a Dermatologist.

Hope this helps and leaves you better prepared for your next Skin Care Sunday routine.

Photos by Anthony Tran, Priscilla Du Preez, Lauren Mancke and Chris Knight on Unsplash.

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