Part 1 has received so much good feedback, the community has requested more, so here we are with Part 2 of SKINCARE MYTHS, DEBUNKED.

MYTH: Drinking Water Keeps Your Skin Hydrated.

FACT: Drinking more water can be beneficial for different health conditions, but water does not automatically get absorbed by the skin when drinking it. There’s only one study we could find, indicating that drinking more water could help hydrate the skin, but it took 1 gallon to notice an improvement, and the improvement was minor at best; most people would not be able to notice the difference in real life. It’s imperative to know that water hydrates our cells and it is critical to overall bodily health and should you be dehydrated, your skin will show it as well. Best way to keep skin hydrated is to avoid dry air (try a humidifier), use a gentle cleanser and a daily moisturizer with ingredients that help bring and keep moisture locked in your skin barrier. Ingredients like hyaluronic acid, ceramides, niacinamide, glycerin, are fabulous!


MYTH: Not Washing Your Face Causes Acne.

FACT: Poor hygiene doesn’t help the situation, but it’s not the acne culprit.

The development of acne involves a combination of factors: oil production, clogged pores from shedding keratin/skin cells, bacteria and inflammation, with hormones and stress significantly adding to the problem.


MYTH: Eye Creams Are Just Expensive Moisturizers.

FACT: If we had a penny for every person saying that eye creams don’t do anything…

Here’s what! The skin around the eyes is thinner, more delicate, more prone to dryness and damage, and quicker to show signs of aging. Constant blinking, squinting and movement, adds stress to this area even more than the rest of the face.

Many eye creams are specifically formulated to adapt to this area and target specific under eye skin concerns.

Comparing products purely based on “ingredients” is arbitrary. Body lotion could read a similar ingredients list as a facial moisturizer, yet havoc would blast if you used body lotion on your face. All skin is not created equal, and while ingredients may be the same, the process of mixing those ingredients may follow different protocols. The percentages may be different as well (the order on the list doesn’t share specific numbers so it’s impossible to know purely based on that). Quite a few things could be different, that would change how that product engages with the skin altogether, so the blanket statements that eye creams don’t do more than a moisturizer would, are false.


MYTH: You Don’t Need to Wear Sunscreen in Fall & Winter.

FACT: The ultraviolet UV rays that cause fine lines, wrinkles, and skin pigmentation issues (A’s) are present year-round, but the UV rays that cause sunburn (B) are not as strong in the winter, even though they’re always present.

As much as 80% of the sun’s UV rays are able to go through clouds, and they can also penetrate through clothing and windows as well. Which is why it’s important to wear sunscreen year round, indoors and outdoors. 

If you want to protect from UV rays, air pollution, AND blue light damage, try the 4-IN-1 Concealer SPF 30. It’s an eye cream in a tube, with powerful active ingredients formulated at their researched levels of performance. It glides on like a gem, and it’s like nothing you’ve ever experienced before.


MYTH: Vitamin E Fades Scars.

FACT: This will come as a surprise to some, but there's no reliable evidence to support this claim.

Vitamin E is a generic term for a group of tocol and tocotrienol derivatives; and while it can help moisturize the skin, research indicates that it either has no notable effect on scars, or (bad news here), it can actually worsen the cosmetic appearance of scars.


MYTH: Oily Skin Doesn't Age as Fast As Dry Skin.

FACT: Excess oil can make the lines and wrinkles look slightly less less noticeable, but it does not impact how fast or how slow skin ages.

Regardless of skin type, it’s the unprotected sun exposure, your genetics, health condition, lifestyle choices (skincare routine included), repetitive facial movements, gravity, they all play a role in how quickly your skin will age.


MYTH: Chemicals Are Bad For You.

FACT: Everything – All matter (ourselves included) is made of chemicals.

If something is made of matter, it means it’s made of chemicals. What’s not made of matter, is not chemicals. Energy, light, heat, sound… they are not matter, so they are not chemicals.

But air is matter and has weight so… air, water, the human body, etc . are all made of chemicals or rely on chemical reactions to function. To claim a product is chemical-free, is absurd!

The word “chemical” is not a bad word. There are simply good chemicals and bad chemicals. But keep in mind that an excessive amount of good chemicals could do bad things. Good chemicals used the wrong way could also be bad. And likewise, so called “bad chemicals” could be perfectly safe at the proper amounts. Don’t let the “chemical” narrative steer you down the wrong path, that’s fear-mongering marketing.


MYTH: Topical Products That Are Like “Botox In A Bottle.

FACT: There’s not shortage of claims like this, but bottom line is that topicals can’t compare to injectables, they simply work differently. Simply put, a cream will not be able to interfere with the communication between the nerves ad the muscles like neuromodulators do (I.e. Botox). And why? Because no topical product can penetrate deeply enough to have that same effect.

Topicals at better at maintaining the results you get from injectables.


MYTH: The Fewer Products Used, The Better.

FACT: A minimalist routine can work for some, but definitely not all! There are many of us with more than one concern, like aging and enlarged pores. Premature lines & wrinkles as well as acne… dull skin, uneven tone, rosacea, sagging and so on… For more than 1 concern, a minimalist skincare simply won’t be enough, and when ignored, the skin concerns will worsen.

The VREA eye masks will help deliver ingredients that protect the skin from blue light, while hydrating and nourishing. They don’t slip off, so you can live your life and do everything you could be doing when you’re not laying flat so your masks don’t slide off the face. They are optimized for better product absorption, about 25% BIGGER than most eye masks, and manufactured in a carbon-neutral facility.


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