Rumors, Myths and the Facts of Skin Care

April 7th, 2010 by Joanna

The beauty industry is a mixture of folklore and facts and I have spent over a decade sifting through them. I often ask clients or other estheticians about the results they are getting.

Applying what I learn is just simply practicing clinical skin care.

The results I get, are always yours, in the form of clearer skin, a toned face, and in fact better skin now and for the future.

I wrote out a small list of facts vs fiction below.

Rumors, Myths and the Facts of Skin Care

5591820_sAre natural products and organic products 100% chemical-free?

There is a big difference between “natural” and “organic” as a label in skin care. Natural usually means that some of the main ingredients come from natural sources but in the same product you can find synthetic chemicals that could be quite harmful.

Organic skin care products are a step up as most companies using this claim are using over 75% of their ingredients from sources free of pesticides and chemicals.

Certified organic are companies that use the strictest guidelines to produce their skin care products and use NO chemicals that have been known to cause adverse effects on the body.

The question is not if there are chemicals in organic skin care products but if are they safe chemicals.

Eating Fatty Foods is bad for your skin.

Not all fats are created equal. Some fats promote our health positively while others decrease it. The key is to replace bad fats with good fats in our diet and this will reflect also in the health of our skin.

Too much saturated fat, commonly found in many processed foods and junk food, can lead to an increase in sebum production, clogged pores and acne.

Unsaturated fats, like those in olive oil and the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, walnuts, and avocados, are good for the skin and help it to absorb vital nutrients like vitamins A, D, E, and K.

Tomatoes are nature’s sunscreen.

Although tomatoes contain high levels of vitamins A, C, and lycopene, an antioxidant that helps to protect the skin against the sun, eating an abundance of tomatoes will only give you an SPF of about 3, which is not nearly enough.

Tomatoes will help protect, nourish, and make the skin more resilient but you still need to wear sunscreen.

Vitamin & supplements are OK for the health of your skin in lieu of a nutritious diet.

There’s nothing like a well balance diet and although vitamins and supplements help, according to Dr. Ntambi, a professor of biochemistry and nutritional science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, you cannot rely on them entirely.

I always tell clients, “the overall health of your skin depends on an antioxidant rich diet, plenty of protein, greens and good fats”.

You can take YEARS OFF your skin at any AGE. Remember that the health of your skin is largely dependent on nutrition, followed by a great skin care routine.

As always, if you have any questions please call Joanna Vargas Salon, Skin Care Sanctuary or email me. I look forward to seeing you at your next appointment. 212/949.2350.

Sincerely,

JOANNA VARGAS
Joanna Vargas Skin Care

  • http://www.best-mens-skin-care.com Mayo

    Thanks for the good information. It’s also a good idea to look at what you use on your skin. What you use can either help it or harm it, depending on what’s in the product.

    Therefore, it’s important to consider the ingredients in ALL the products you use – like those on your hair as well as your skin. Research is showing a buildup of chemicals on the skin can cause acne, dryness (which leads to prematurely aging skin) and skin cancer.

    Skin with rosacea tends to be even more sensitive to these toxins.

    With so many manufacturers using chemicals in their products, almost any product – cleansers, moisturizers, shampoos, conditioners, hair gels and sunscreens – can be causing breakouts on your face and body.

    Here’s a page that shows what to look for in organic products as well as ingredients to avoid in skin and hair care products. http://www.best-mens-skin-care.com/organic-skin-care.html

    To find chemical-free products, read labels and research ingredients – or start with certified organic products whose ingredients don’t contain harmful chemicals.

    If you make your own skin care products, use organic ingredients. They cost a little more however keep chemicals off your skin and out of your system.

    Mayo
    http://www.best-mens-skin-care.com