Knowledge is power, and when it comes to getting glowing, happy and healthy skin, it pays to know the ins and outs of skincare.
After all, skin confidence is a beautiful thing – and it's our mission to help you get there.
With that in mind, here are a few more of the most common misconceptions around skincare, and our tips for what to do instead.
Myth: Wearing makeup with SPF is as good as sunscreen
Sunscreen is the most important part of your daily routine – it helps protect the skin from UVA and UVB rays, which play a key role in the signs of ageing.
While some makeup has SPF included, we wouldn't recommend replacing a proper sunscreen with it. For one thing, you generally aren't using enough of the product to give you the protection you need, and you're also less likely to reapply regularly throughout the day – two key factors in making sure you get the true SPF value of the product.
The best way to protect yourself? Layer on a sunscreen underneath your makeup and make sure to reapply if you're going to be out in the sun for an extended period of time.
We recommend our Skinsmiths Sunscreen with SPF 30, which was formulated with Matmarine to help give you a beautifully matte finish (perfect for wearing with or without makeup).
Myth: You need to 'feel' a product working for it to be effective
While some products are designed to 'tingle' a little on first application, anything more severe (such as stinging or burning) should be seen as a definite warning sign.
If you're introducing a new product to your routine, it's always a good idea to patch test first to ensure you won't have a reaction.
If your skin feels uncomfortable or you notice irritations or breakouts, cut back the frequency of application. If you're still having a reaction, consider removing the product from your routine entirely. And it goes without saying it's better to test one new product at a time rather than overwhelming your skin with a bunch of new things all at once!
Myth: Natural is always better
There's a perception that natural, plant-derived ingredients are inherently 'better' than those made synthetically.
In reality, everyone's skin is different, and just because some ingredients work for others doesn't mean it's the best fit for your skin, too. Some natural ingredients are great for skin, while others aren't as useful (and can sometimes lead to a reaction). It's all about knowing what nourishes and supports healthy skin and what doesn't (both natural and chemical).
That's why we created our line of Skinsmiths skincare to feature the best of both worlds, catering for a range of skin concerns.
If you're battling breakouts, dullness, uneven texture or any other skin concern and would like advice straight from the experts, come and see the friendly team at your local Caci Clinic for a free consultation.