Fact or Fiction
Facial skin is thinner and behaves differently than the skin on the rest of the body. The skin around the eyes, however, can be up to 90 percent thinner than the rest of the already delicate facial skin. Furthermore, the ocular area contains significantly fewer oil glands, which can cause dehydration and premature signs of aging. The eyes are sensitive to internal expressions and external environmental factors that escalate collagen breakdown within the skin. Habitual facial movements, like squinting, smiling, winking, looking surprised, and frowning, have a dramatic effect on the eye area. These expressions and other influences, including smoking, sun exposure, lack of sleep, and alcohol consumption, cause wrinkles around the eye (crow's feet).
The bottom layer of the epidermis, the stratum basale or basal cell layer, has column-shaped basal cells that divide and push older cells toward the surface of the skin. As the cells migrate upwards, they flatten out and become the stratumcorneum and, together with the acid mantle, form the first line of skin defense and the barrier system.
Vaseline is 100 percent pure petroleum jelly, which is a blend of mineral oil and waxes, and has been around for over 140 years. It has been used in a variety of ways, such as the moisturization of dry, chapped skin. However, should a skin care professional suggest that clients use Vaseline to plump up their eyelashes for volume and shine or is that idea an old wives' tale? Technically speaking, Vaseline does give the eyelashes a shine and it does plump them up because it is coated.
Most people want a desirable golden glow and the quest to get one safely is never-ending. Questions continue to rise about the safety of tanning beds, specifically beds that only emit UVB rays. Most tanning beds emit UVA and UVB rays, but, recently, beds with only UVB rays are being touted as a healthy alternative to mainstream beds and have been popping up in tanning salons and day spas.
Throughout history and across cultures all over the world, people believe that they get what they pay for. In a competitive market, goods are priced a certain way because there is a correlation between what the consumer gets and what the consumer pays for. There is a lot of competition in the skin care market; there are many large and small brands, none of which are dominant. For the most part, the market forces set pricing for skin care products.
Many clients tend to over-exfoliate their skin in hopes of sloughing off dead cells and achieving a fresh and renewed complexion. This belief is a misconception; the skin is a very efficient organ and does not require daily exfoliation. Exfoliating daily can strip the skin of its natural oils, which may cause breakouts.
Everyone has seen the commercials on television with a fresh-faced, young model lathering up her skin with a luxurious, white foamy cleanser. As she smiles, the narrator says, "Your skin's not clean unless it's squeaky clean!" The problem with this statement is not only that it is not necessarily true, but also that it has led to an epidemic of over-cleansing.
Clients often wonder whether it is better to use a sunscreen or a two-in-one product that combines the properties of both a moisturizer and a sunscreen. Furthermore, is it even safe to use a sunscreen daily, year round?
A sunscreen's basic function is to prevent sunburns. A moisturizer brings hydration and comfort to the skin and, if makeup is worn, it can serve as a primer. High-end moisturizers also have nutrients, antioxidants, and corrective ingredients that help to achieve results such as reducing signs of aging, pigmentation, or acne.
There are many benefits of vitamin E, including that it can be helpful in treating and preventing heart and blood vessel diseases, such as hardening of the arteries; diabetes; brain and nervous system diseases; and nerve and muscle disorders. Furthermore, immunity levels can improve when vitamin E is consumed on a regular basis. An important benefit of vitamin E is that it reduces cholesterol and the risk of developing cancer.