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Fact Or Myth? These Experts Answer Some Of Your Skincare Q's

These dermas are setting the facts straight!
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Skincare is a vast practice, which can make it confusing.  But when you’re armed with facts and expert guidance, your road to healthy, glowing skin can be easy as 1,2,3. 

This was one of the highlights of the recent Dove Skinquiries: Ask The Experts last September 30, 2022. Forty Cosmo readers were invited to a day of learning, excitement, and special treats from Dove.  As they were greeted at the venue, the ladies were asked to answer a short quiz to discover their skincare type.  Then, they went through one-on-one talks with dermatologists about their most curious skincare questions.

After these one-on-one, a panel of experts–consisting of three dermatologists: Dr. Mara Evangelista-Huber  MD, DPDS, Dr. Maan Jaraba-Singson MD, DPDS, and Dr. Jarische Lao-Ong, MD, DPDS, Cosmo.ph editor Ira Nopuente, and skincare content creator Ruzz Melendez discussed some of skincare’s most asked facts and myths

Here are some of the top five skincare myths that were answered during the discussion:

(1.) Oily skin type doesn’t need moisturization.

A hot topic debated frequently! Oily skin happens when sebaceous glands produce too much sebum, giving a slippery sheen to the skin, which is often misconstrued as overhydration.  But this is not the case.  Instead, oily skin needs moisturization because it still tends to be dry or dehydrated.  “Sometimes, our skin barrier opens up, and the water underneath escapes.  That happens even in oily skin. So, oily skin can still be dehydrated.” Dr. Evangelista-Huber said. 

(2.) Rough application means the product will be more effective.

Our skin is not a plate that needs to be squeaky clean.  Roughly cleansing or overdoing your skincare product application can lead to irritation and dryness.  While cleansing is crucial in every skincare routine, it’s apt to gently pat or apply the product onto the skin.  A balanced, moisturizing cleanser is vital.  Dr. Lao-Ong mentioned some factors to consider when finding the right cleanser: the right cleanser will not make your skin feel tight or appear red after use.  “Find the right formulation for your skin that cleans and won’t strip off the oils [it needs].”

(3.) More products mean more benefits.

We’ve probably been drawn to a rigorous 12-step skincare routine with various products.  But the experts agreed that most of the time, less is more.  They recommended using the usual three-step way of cleansing, moisturizing, and applying SPF for sun protection.  Too many products can destroy our skin barrier leading to dryness, redness, and irritation. 

(4.) Fragrance in products is bad. 

Fragrance is not always bad.  It’s a 50/50 case depending on what works for your skin.  Fragrance is preferential, so listening and observing your skin is important.

(5.) All bar soaps are made equally.

Not all soaps do the same job of equally cleansing and moisturizing your skin.  Expert-approved and a favorite among many skincare lovers, Dove Beauty Bar, can do both.  Dove has ¼ moisturizing cream that deeply nourishes the skin.  Since Dove is a beauty bar, it is also recommended to be used on the face since it is mildly cleansing and moisturizing at the same time. It also has ultra-mild cleansers that do not strip the skin of its natural moisture.  Moisture is essential for healthy, beautiful skin, and unlike ordinary soaps, Dove does not leave the skin dry or tight.

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