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Beauty Tips by Emma

Skincare Myths

We have all heard about certain skincare myths and so-called ‘skincare secrets’. These tips have often been passed down through generations, but most of these common and outdated routines are not true and what is worse, may be damaging your skin.

We would all love our skin to have a luminous glow, and, as it is the most visible part of our body, having a healthy and clear complexion is important. It may seem like a simple practice to follow a skincare regime, but how many of us are doing it correctly? To help clear up some of the myths that surround skincare, we have compiled a list of some of the most common claims.

Skin Myth 1: You do not need sunscreen on a cloudy day We are all aware of the importance of applying sunscreen when in direct UV exposure. But what about when the weather is overcast or cloudy. You would be wrong in thinking that just because it is not a beautifully sunny day that harmful UV rays cannot continue to damage your skin. Clouds still allow up to 80% of the sun’s rays to pass through and sunscreen should be worn daily, even in winter months. The sun produces UV rays which penetrate the skin causing deep wrinkles, lack of elasticity and premature ageing. This results in sunburn and potentially some skin cancers.

REMEDY Wearing a product daily (Ideally spf50) that protects your skin will help to avoid skin damage including sunburn, skin cancer and hyperpigmentation. In addition, UV rays cause premature ageing.

Skin Myth 2: You should never moisturise an oily skin Why would you want to add more oil to already oily skin? It is a common misconception that by stripping an oily skin type of moisture, you will correct the condition. This is false! Our skin’s texture, healing and reproduction all relies on a healthy supply of sebum (our skin’s natural oil). Sebum lubricates the skin and plays a part in maintaining a healthy complexion.Moisturiser on the other hand works by trapping and holding water within the epidermis, maintaining hydration levels. The more you try and remove the moisture from the skin, the possibility of inflammation, infection and premature ageing is increased.

REMEDY Use a daily moisturiser designed for oily skin types which are light, fast-absorbing, and will not leave your skin feeling slick or looking shiny. Look for products that are also labelled non comedogenic, these avoid clogging of the pores leading to the formation of blackheads.

Skin Myth 3: You should let your skin breathe Over the past two years and during lockdown, an increased number of us chose to go ‘makeup free’ and to let our skin ‘breathe.’ But the question is, does our skin need time out to breathe, to be free of products, cosmetics, and impurities? The uppermost layer of our skin is composed of dead skin cells, so, it does not breathe. The underlying layers of the skin get their oxygen and nutrients from our blood supply which in turn, assists in the formation of new skin cells. It is as important to eat a healthy and varied diet as it is to apply suitable products to your skin.

REMEDY Give your skin a glow up with the Aqua Spectra Pro. This facial utilises 6 different modalities to rejuvenate, deep cleansing, lift, tighten and hydrate the skin. The treatment targets uneven skin tone, congested pores, excess oil, dehydrated skin, fine lines, and wrinkles. Chemical peels are used to improve skin tone and texture. An acid is applied to skin to lower the pH, which loosens the connections between dead skin cells, inducing exfoliation and stimulating new cell growth. This process causes superficial layers of dead skin to peel off, revealing a smoother and more radiant complexion.

Emma will be back with more skincare tips next month. GLO Cosmetic Aesthetics at 5 Cross Keys Mews, St Neots offers a variety of advanced facial treatments including microneedling, chemical peels, Aqua Spectra Pro and more. For more details, please contact


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