Ask Sara: What’s the biggest misconception about skincare?
-Oct 19, Jenny Paul, Beauty -
There’s so much information out there that when it comes to skincare it can seem impossible to work out what’s best for your skin as well as your budget. We asked Lumity’s Dr Sara Palmer Hussey, PhD whether we should worry about skin type when buying products or if that’s just a beauty-industry myth?
When it comes to beauty care, what is one of the biggest misconceptions among women and men?
One of the biggest misconceptions in beauty is that skin requirements are different depending on skin type and area of the body.
Fundamentally, skin has the same needs wherever it is and whatever issues it may currently have. When skin is supported with the right nutrients, both internally and topically, it will function optimally and resolve any issues or imbalances (eg. too oily, too dry, oversensitive, ageing prematurely, eczema, rosacea, psoriasis, etc.)
Sometimes harsh treatments that unbalance the skin’s function can certainly exacerbate issues.
Another misconception is that skincare has to be high-tech in order to be effective. We get mesmerised with marketing messages about nanotechnology and patented ingredients, while some of the best ingredients for skin have already been beautifully packaged by nature in ways that have a better affinity with the skin than synthetically-produced skincare.
Are face oils especially good to use in winter and if so, why?
Facial oils are perfect for winter, when heating and weather conditions can deplete the skin of moisture. Oils are very effective at strengthening and protecting the skin’s natural barrier function, which holds in moisture to keep skin supple and plumped through dehydrating conditions. Also, as opposed to petrolatum-based formulas, they aid this moisture-retention function without clogging pores. Facial oils are not just moisturising either, they deeply nourish the
skin in a way that helps the skin function better and therefore better withstand the ravages of winter.
Would a facial oil work for oily skin types too?
Yes, absolutely. Contrary to popular belief, the right facial oils can actually balance and improve the condition of oily, acne-prone skin.
Oils can be the ideal skincare for all skin types. Happy skin is skin that functions well on all counts, including balanced oil production. Too many astringent “oily skin specific” products can actually exacerbate the problem by stimulating extra sebum production in the skin. So, rather than shopping for skin type, shop for optimum nourishment.
Does how you apply an oil affect its performance?
Yes. An oil offers the perfect slip to be able to gently massage the face during application, without dragging the skin. Massaging the skin with circular, outward strokes increases blood flow and lymphatic drainage. Benefits of this application include improved absorption of the active ingredients into the skin as well as being a moment of relaxation and wellbeing. The uber-facialist Nichola Joss devised a specific Lumity facial massage for use with Lumity’s Skin Nutrients Facial Oil,
which optimises the benefits of our skin-loving oil.