Skin Care Science Facts vs. Bogus Beauty Brand Fiction

Dec '19

The skin care industry is constantly swarming with “the latest” skin care products made up of “miracle” ingredients that claim to work wonders for consumers’ skin concerns. Unfortunately, many of these products and ingredients don’t always measure up to the hype. Westchester’s Best SkinCenter is here to separate fact from fiction as we delve into some of the supposed benefits and bogus claims of the beauty industry’s latest trends. Let’s take a look!

Vitamin C to Reverse Aging

Many consumers rush to the shelves of local or online skin care facilities in search of Vitamin C. Oftentimes, they’re under the impression that Vitamin C reverses skin aging. Unfortunately, vitamin C does not, in fact, reverse aging, but acts as a skin protectant against free radicals that damage the skin and cause aging. It’s important to note that Vitamin C must be used IN CONJUNCTION with your SPF in order to attain these benefits. Which leads us to our next point…

SPF-Containing Products vs. Strict SPF-Products

All too often our Westchester skin care experts are presented with the following question: “Can’t I just use skin care or makeup products that contain SPF in order to protect my skin from sun damage?”

In short, our answer to this question is, “No”. The majority of skin care and make up products contain the bare minimum level of SPF. The SPF industry standard for protecting against sun damage calls for SPF 30 or greater.

For this reason, we tell all our Westchester clients that if they truly want to stop aging and protect against sun damage, they should be applying a product solely formulated for its SPF properties prior to stepping out into the sun or applying their make up for the day. We recommend Skinceuticals Light Moisture UV Defense SPF 50 Face & Body, which you can read more about in this article.

The Power of Peptides

Many skin care brands posit that their use of one key ingredient, peptides, can work wonders for the skin. They state that the peptides in their product(s) kick the body’s natural collagen production agents into high drive, because the presence of peptides reminds the skin that its collagen is breaking down.

The reality of peptide-present skin products is this: If the goal is to kick your collagen production into high gear, the peptides MUST be made with a fatty acid. Without a fatty acid,  the skin cannot process the peptides—thus rendering the ingredient useless in terms of boosting the skin’s collagen content.

Hyaluronic Acid for Hydrated Skin

Hyaluronic acid is often praised for its ability to hydrate the skin. Though this skin care ingredient does play a role in skin hydration, hyaluronic acid must be combined with a defined moisturizing agent in order to achieve the intended outcome. The reason for this is that hyaluronic acid is a moisture-carrying agent that transports moisture into the skin’s barrier. When not formulated in combination with a moisturizing agent, such as aloe, hyaluronic acid can actually pull moisture from the skin’s surface— leaving the skin dry and irritated.

Pore Shrinking Products

Many skin care products claim to shrink pores for a smoother and more refined complexion. In actuality, your pores can’t get any smaller than they were genetically programmed to be. However, what many pore-specific skin care products can do is strip the skin’s pores of excess oil and sebum— reducing the pore’s appearance.

Love these skin care myth-busting beauty facts? Contact our skin experts to learn more, or stop into our conveniently located Westchester location to pick up the perfect skin care products for your skin concerns today!

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