Six myths about facial care

No matter how ancient or, on the contrary, ultramodern, this or that science was, the myths around it multiplied, multiplied and will continue to multiply. As long as there are people, there are their knowledge and experience, there will be misconceptions and prejudices that people share with others. Some of the myths become obsolete, part of it disappears, and some remain and permanently poison life for future generations.

You can argue for a long time about what exactly science, myth, experience etc. is, but let philosophers do it. We will venture to call the science of cosmetology and try to dispel a few myths from those that still exist among the beautiful half of humanity.

Let us have known for a long time that the breast does not increase from eating cabbage or bread crusts, and from the red lipstick the color of the lips does not “fade”, the female irrational beginning is often inclined to ignore objective knowledge and give rise to harmful illusions. Here about these illusions, more precisely about how everything is in fact, and there will be a speech.

Myth No. 1 – The scrub needs to be constantly used

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cosmetologists say here that:

    scrub, in general, not the best remedy, because its effects on the skin too aggressively, especially if the facial skin;

    a scrub can be used in no case more than twice a week (this is the maximum), and better – no more often than one;

    The scrub should be not with sharp, but with round (oval) abrasive particles – jojoba granules, for example, or plastic granules.

The fact is that the scrub causes inevitable trauma to the horny skin particles. Those who wish to get rid of the standard problem of oily skin with the help of it, and at the same time refresh their complexion will receive a backlash. The traumatized stratum corneum will respond to excessive exposure by more intensive restoration, and this will give a gray shade of the skin. The pores that will first be cleansed and breathed out more freely, from too persistent cleansing, “decide” that they want to dry out, and begin to defend themselves by more actively producing sebum, i.e. will be constantly expanded and “hammered”.

In terms of body scrub, the intensive restoration of the stratum corneum (hyperkeratinization) is very likely to result in ingrown hairs.

The only exception to the rule is a scrub in the beauty salon. If this is a professional, one-time procedure, after which the skin will be comforted with knowledge, protect from inflammation and restore the protective layer, then no harm will be caused by the scrub. One nuance – such salon procedure should be done no more than once a month. Myth # 2 – natural cosmetics is better than synthetic
This myth is multilayered.

First, and most importantly – do not be fooled. All modern cosmetics are synthetic. Earlier, the cosmetologist personally “cooked” a magic cream made from her own collected herbs and sold it at a similar price to regular customers. Now the cosmetologist cooperates with a couple of companies and offers their customers their products.

Second, natural ingredients (such as lanolin, for example) – strong allergens that can cause serious dermatological reactions, especially in people with sensitive skin.

Third, if you really want at least something natural, something will have to give a round sum of money for expensive natural raw materials – modern cosmetics manufacturers spend it rarely and reluctantly, and sell cheap.

Fourth, the largest natural without additional unnecessary costs will help achieve cosmetics labeled “hypoallergenic.” It is guaranteed not to contain either synthetic or any other perfumes and dyes – this is the maximum possible for today day “approach to nature”. In addition, perhaps, a mask from a slice of cucumber, which is beyond competition, unless, of course, the cucumber is grown in an environmentally friendly way, that is, you yourself.

Myth No. 3- The main cause of wrinkles is the sun
In fact, wrinkles have different origins. There are wrinkles mimic, there are wrinkles dynamic, there are wrinkles static, there are even gravitational wrinkles. Along with them, of course, there are also photographic areas, those that are “from the sun”. More precisely – from the ultraviolet radiation spectrum.

The photoresists are a dense, very small mesh of intersecting grooves. From them you can protect yourself with sunglasses, ignoring the beach, special sunscreen cosmetics or ordinary cosmetics with sunscreen filters.

There is no mythical leading role in the generation of wrinkles in the sun. No matter how harmful its radiation, natural facial expressions and facial care policies are responsible for the smoothness of your skin to a greater extent than your favorite star.

In passing, we note that the myth that wrinkles appear earlier on dry skin is not at all a myth. From ultraviolet radiation, any skin becomes drier, and therefore defenseless, and dry skin – especially. But there’s no need to go for a recipe – moisturize, protect and avoid direct sunlight, if possible.

Myth # 4 – the solarium harms nothing less than the sun
Actually, yes it is not. In solar lamps there is no full spectrum of solar radiation. There are only those parts of it that give a tan, that is UVB. By the way, that’s why solar tan looks somewhat unnatural. Most of the unnecessary and harmful rays (UVA) are cut off, respectively, the skin accounts for less thermal and luminous aggression. Therefore, the solarium is certainly less harmful than the “natural” sun, especially in light of the current environmental situation.

However, experts advise in any case to use sunscreen filters (which are in all sunbeds in the solarium), ideally containing vitamin E and panthenol. In this case, they advise a person to “not to let in” at all, closing it, for example, with a towel. To maintain the tanned skin color on the face, it is better to use autobronzants that simultaneously work as moisturizers, or tonal creams and bronzing powders. Myth # 5 – self cleaning face is harmful
This is not really a myth. Nothing fantastically terrible as a result of cleaning the face at home will not happen, but mechanical cleaning in the salon – the event is much more effective than squeezing acne and black dots with your own hands.

First, for self-cleansing facial is impossible to ensure the desired degree of accuracy the impact – is likely to “go too far” and scratched a pimple blood.

Second, to some areas of the face just not visible and clear they can only be someone else.

Third, before cleaning is necessary to prepare the skin, ie, soften comedones (the contents of the pores), which is also best done with treatments. Ordinary steaming, which is common, provokes the stress of skin tissues, which is fraught with couperose.

Fourth, after mechanical squeezing inflamed pimples and clearing clogged pores necessary to apply special tools that eliminate and prevent inflammation, or use other disinfecting and sedatives – D`arsonval apparatus, for example.

Without following these requirements, the manual extrusion of acne is a stone age compared to modern technology. There are no other objections to the independent mechanical cleansing of the face of cosmetologists. So, in principle, if you are sure that you do not need to squeeze out anything on the “blind” areas of your face, if you have a means for softening the skin secretions and a good non-aggressive anti-inflammatory drug, you can safely arm with cotton buds or disposable napkins and brush as much as you like .

Myth number 6 – there are cosmetics that can eliminate serious problems such as wrinkles, acne or cellulite
This is perhaps the most common beauty myth. Who does not want the fairy with a magic wand or a jar to do everything right immediately. But, no, he will not. The fairy is the patient himself. Or the client – to whom it is more pleasant.

The fact that any skin problem is just a reflection of the internal problem, any cosmetician will tell you. And coveted deliverance will bring only complex therapy – a course of vitamins, and even medicines, a diet, a course of salon procedures and the subsequent attention to yourself – so as not to start the process. But before this visit not only beautician, but also a dermatologist, endocrinologist, gynecologist …


In general, up to you, of course, but remember – the science does not sleep, it moves forward and to replace These myths will come new. Be on the alert and trust your feelings and your beautician. This is much more reliable than the memory of a grandmother forty years ago or the “competent” opinion of a friend.

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