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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.

UVB tanning beds are safe.

Written by Kelly Richardson, CEO and founder of B.Bronz Sunless
UVB tanning beds are safe.

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.

Expensive products are more effective.

Written by Catherine Atzen, CIDESCO, MBA, founder of ATZEN Superior to Organic™ Skin Care
Expensive products are  more effective.

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.

Daily exfoliation is bad for the skin.

Written by Dasha Saian, L.E., CEO of SAIAN Natural Clinical Skincare
Daily exfoliation is bad  for the skin.

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.

Squeaky clean skin is a good thing

Written by Rachael Pontillo, L.E., creator of Holistically Haute™
Squeaky clean skin is  a good thing

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.

Moisturizers with SPF are as effective as sunscreen.

Written by Catherine Atzen, L.E., founder of ATZEN Superior to Organic™ Skin Care
Moisturizers with SPF are as effective as sunscreen.

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

Vitamin E helps minimize scars.

Written by Courtney La Marine, L.E., owner of Clove Studios
Vitamin E helps minimize scars.

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.

Oily skin should not be moisturized.

Written by Lydia Sarfati, president and founder of Repêchage
Oily skin should not  be moisturized.

Clients with oily skin constantly fight the battle of reducing the shiny- and greasy-looking appearance of their skin. This skin type often shudders at the thought of putting an emollient on their skin for fear of increasing the oily and slick look they are trying to diminish. However, oily skin still needs to be moisturized.

Oily skin is characterized by having excess oil or sebum. The purpose of sebum is to support the skin's acid mantle and help create a barrier to prevent moisture loss from the skin. It does not, however, provide moisture to the cells, helping only to lock it in.

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