There is a lot of half-knowledge about skin care: It will be fine if’s is natural, smells good and is also suitable for sensitive skin. And anyway: What could you possibly do wrong – the cream is “dermatologically tested”. Who reads the small print? With ingredients like “Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate” or “Ethylhexylglycerin” you will get dizzy anyway when reading…
Many people prefer to rely on advertising promises and the senses (“Oh, the cream smells good! And it glitters so beautifully!”) But: Unfortunately, not everything that is advertised in drugstores and perfumeries as “extra gentle”, “super effective” or “natural” is good for the skin. So it’s good that you landed here! With main care expert Shenja from Incipedia we bring some light into the dark of the skincare universe and clear up the 6 biggest skincare mistakes.
1. “What smells good is good”
I’m sure you know this: The body lotion is empty and you stand for half an hour in the drugstore of your choice to sniff through the shelves. Stop – already wrong. An appealing fragrance is no guarantee for a good skin care effect, but often the opposite, knows expert Shenja: “Perfuming a product is not an advantage for the skin, but is simply intended to cover up the raw material smell.
In most cases, the fragrance should even be considered negatively, as fragrance allergies are among the most common allergies and fragrances can irritate the skin”. So next time, it is better to use unperfumed and therefore less irritating products – this can also be easy on the wallet, as fragrances are often cost-intensive to produce.
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2. “Short lists of ingredients are always better than long lists”
The idea is actually understandable: The fewer ingredients (in short: INCI s) in a product, the less chemistry is ultimately applied to the skin. Or? Bullshit! For one thing, the chemistry argument counts for nothing because everything – including water and air – consists of chemical compounds. “No chemicals at all” is therefore a rather empty advertising promise.
For another, it is not the length of the INCI -It is not the product that is listed, but the ingredients themselves: “No matter how short or long a list is, it can always contain potentially irritating ingredients such as fragrances that must be declared or harsh surfactants. With background knowledge about the skin and through the jungle of ingredients, Shenja helps for example on her YouTube channel with videos like this one:
“Super sensitive”, “suitable for sensitive skin” or “extra mild” – products with such or similar predicates are certainly good for the skin, or? “Not necessarily”, warns Shenja. “Unfortunately, such terms are not protected and in no way replace INCI -list. Even “dermatologically tested” says nothing about the quality of a product. As a customer, you don’t know how exactly the test was carried out, how many test persons participated and what skin condition they had”.
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4. “Good skin care is always expensive”
In cosmetics, there is a huge range of products, from inexpensive drugstore cosmetics to high-end brands. However, “expensive” does not necessarily mean “good”, because as with other goods, you often pay for the name. “Simple and good skin care is also available in the drugstore,” says Shenja.
At least the basics – such as cleaners or moisturizers – are easy to find, but for more complex or innovative combinations of active ingredients you often have to dig a little deeper into your pocket. Fortunately, there are skin care blogs and YouTube channels that present effective ingredients and protect you from making bad buys. Also great for inspiration: The hashtag #skincarecommunity_en on Instagram.
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5. “Anti-aging is only important in old age”
Attention, grandma wisdom: prevention is better than aftercare! Those who pay attention to adequate care and sufficient sun protection at a young age can enjoy smooth skin for a long time. “The UV -Radiation is responsible for a large part of skin aging, which is why protection against it can replace any anti-aging cream,” explains our expert, leading to the next myth.
6. “I only need sun protection at the height of summer”
This skin care misconception is unfortunately still widespread, but the rule of thumb is: a day care product should always have a sun protection factor (of at least 30). Even Shenja cannot say this often enough in her articles and videos: “In the winter months the UV -B radiation may be reduced, but the UV -A-radiation affects us all year round. So if you want to prevent skin aging and reduce your risk of skin cancer, you should always use sunscreen.
Therefore, less irritating products, sun protection and background knowledge are important. For a quick check to go, here in Shenjas online shop a small INCI -helper with practical checklist and background knowledge about the most important ingredients (6.99 Euro). But you are also well oriented with the tips in our article.