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Facial exercises can help prevent sagging skin.

Written by Dasha Saian, co-founder and CEO of SAIAN
Facial exercises can help prevent sagging skin.

How many people have heard about face yoga or facial exercises, but are unsure if these methods really work for tightening sagging skin? There are a number of YouTube tutorials, books, and miscellaneous information on the subject available online, which may confuse the general public.

Sun exposure is good for acne.

Written by Lina Kennedy, president of Alexandria Professional
Sun exposure is good for acne.

Sun exposure is something everyone needs to stay healthy. Soaking in the warm sun is a relaxing way to enjoy a vacation, but how much sun is too much? With summer in full affect, it is time to consider the truth surrounding the old wives' tale of sun exposure being beneficial for acne.

Bar Soap Ages the Skin

Written by Janel Luu, founder and CEO of Le Mieux Cosmetics
Bar Soap Ages the Skin

Bar soap is often summarily judged and misunderstood as the villain that hijacks skin's natural moisture factor, leading to signs of aging. However, many bar soaps have undergone a metamorphosis due to formulations that make them anti-aging heroes for many skin conditions.

Lemon Lightens the Skin.

Written by Rachelle Dupree, marketing and communications director for Vivoderm Natural Skincare
Lemon Lightens the Skin.

Fresh lemon juice has been known for decades as a household remedy for lightening the skin. Many clients may be wondering, however, if it truly works. The basic answer is yes, but the lightening process does take time.

Products that contain parabens should be avoided.

Written by Sheilah Danielle Fulton, L.E., L.E.I., MBA, published writer
Products that contain parabens should be avoided.

The use of paraben preservatives, such as alkyl esters and p-hydroxybenzoic acids, goes back over decades to when they were first introduced in the 1920s.1 Nowadays, synthetic parabens are found in 80 percent of all personal care products, including cosmetics. These preservatives are widely used because of their antimicrobial impact. There are various types of synthetic parabens, such as methylparaben, ethyparaben, proplparaben, and butylparaben.

Skin damage caused by HEV light may be as harmful as the damage caused by UVA and UVB light combined.

Written by Brenda Linday L.E., L.E.I., C.A.C., owner of Linday Aesthetic Consulting
Skin damage caused by HEV light may  be as harmful as the damage caused  by UVA and UVB light combined.

High energy visible (HEV) light is high-frequency and high-energy light ranging from approximately 380 to 500 nanometers in the blue band of the visible portion of the electromagnetic spectrum and is also referred to as blue light or near ultraviolet light. Sources of blue light include the sun, full spectrum lighting, flat screen monitors, cell phones, and tablets. Additionally, reflective surfaces, including sand, snow, water, glass, and even concrete, are sources of HEV light.

It is important to use a separate eye cream from a facial moisturizer.

Written by Amanda Azar, L.E., founder and executive artist at Azar Beauty
It is important to use a separate eye cream from a facial moisturizer.

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 top layer of skin is dead.

Written by Janine Ellenberger, M.D., founder and president of GR8/SKN
The top layer of skin is dead.

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.

Applying Vaseline to eyelashes will plump them up and give them a healthy shine.

Written by Ellie Malmin, owner and founder of Ellie Malmin Lash, Brow, & Makeup Academy

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.

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