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The Truth About Skin Care

  |   By Roseanne Dela Rosa

Last week I had the pleasure of attending a Burt's Bees event, they were introducing some amazing new products (review to come–still testing them out). But before they presented their new set, they had an interesting presentation on five skin myth busters, which I found completely fascinating. This info could come in handy, especially if you're prepping your skin to be wedding day ready. Here's what they had to share:

HYDRATION
Myth: The more water you drink, the better your skin will look

FACTS: • Water intake does help the cells of your skin stay hydrated • An over abundance of water will cause the body to flush out at too fast a rate • Studies show people who drink too much water do not allow for proper nutrition absorption • Stay with an acceptable amount of water during the day – let your body tell you when enough is enough

SOLUTION: Moisturization from the outside in. The more nutrients, the better. Stay away from petro-chemicals and silicones.

PORES
Myth: Pores can shrink

FACTS: • The size of your pores stay constant and can not be changed • The appearance, however, can change • Clogged pores appear to be larger because they become opaque and can stretch • Cleaned pores are more translucent and can appear smaller

SOLUTION: Cleanse with facial toner, gentle cleansers, and gentle exfoliants. Steam is excellent pre-cursor to facial treatments.

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The Truth About Skin Care

LIPS Myth: Lip skin is the same as facial skin

FACTS: • Lip skin is much thinner than facial skin with 3 to 5 layers as opposed to 16 layers • Lip skin does not have sebaceous glands or sweat glands • Lip skin had weak barrier function • Lip skin does not have a protective lipid layer which keeps the skin smooth and inhibits pathogens • Lips dry out faster and become chapped more easily

SOLUTION:Non-Petroleum lip care, with nutrient rich moisturizers. Apply often and before bed.

WRINKLES
Myth: Facial exercises strengthen and tone facial muscles to reduce wrinkles

FACTS: • Wrinkles occur where skins cells are squeezed millions of times by facial expressions (smiling, laughing, squinting, frowning) • As skin looses firmness with age, wrinkles form in these areas • Rubbing your eyes or face, applying skin care products in a certain direction will not cause wrinkles or help to firm skin. • Sleeping on one side of your face every night could cause wrinkles

SOLUTION: Use products focused on free-radical repair, moisturization, with nutrient rich ingredients

REPAIR
Myth: Skin repairs itself only at night

FACTS: • Skin repairs itself all day long. • At night the body is more at rest and not exposed to environmental stresses, so it can focus. • A night cream is good as long as it does not stress your skin • Moisturization before bed is wonderful

SOLUTION: Night Cream focused on free-radical repair, moisturization, with nutrient rich ingredients. Stay away from mineral oil, petrolatum, and silicones that may clog pores and not allow the skin to breathe.

This article was originally published on Jun 10, 2010
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