Recently I was asked if layering products that contained different levels of SPF would protect the skin better from sun damage.
My answer was “No”.
A lot of people tend to think that if they put on a product, such as a moisturizer, that contains an SPF15 and then they apply another product, such as makeup foundation, that contains SPF10, that their skin is being protected now with a total of SPF25. This is not true. You’re skin is only protected up to the extent of the highest rating of one product. In this case, it would be an SPF15. Believing a misconception like this not only gives you a false sense of security, but it opens the door for a lot of sun damage to occur and increases your risk of skin cancer.
Your best bet: wear a daily broad spectrum SPF30 that also contains antioxidants which help to protect the skin from free radical damage.
Enjoy your summer safely!
That’s the question I’m asking you today. Do antioxidants get rid of wrinkles? What do you think?
The answer is: NO.
Antioxidants are free radical scavengers. Free radicals are the equivalent to tiny little bombs that bombard cells and destroy them. Cellular degradation leads to the breakdown of collagen and elastin in the skin, thus contributing to the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. Antioxidants are the equivalent to ‘body guards’ for the cells. They provide protection to the cellular structure to PREVENT the formation of new wrinkles, but they DO NOT get rid of the fine lines & wrinkles that you already have.
This post was inspired by a comment I read on another blog stating that you can put KETCHUP on your face to help make fine lines & wrinkles disappear due to the high antioxidants levels that are in tomatoes. Seriously, I could not make this stuff up if I wanted to. *SIGH*.
So, I’ll leave you today with this piece of advice…Don’t Believe The Hype.
In my last post, I posed the question: “Will mineral oil clog your pores?”
The answer is “No.” Today’s cosmeceutical grade of mineral oil is very different from its counterpart of days gone by. It’s a myth that the mineral oil used in industry is the same as the one used for cosmetic purposes.
However, the problem I have with mineral oil is that it IS a petroleum derivative. I choose not to formulate with ingredients like mineral oil for this reason. Even though it is effective in helping to dissolve hardened sebum plugs within the pores, I can think of better choices to use for this purpose such as Jojoba oil.
So there you have it. Despite what some companies may have you believe, mineral oil is not comedogenic. However, if using a petroleum derivative is just not your style, then simply opt for another solution such as HIGH LINOLEIC safflower or sunflower oil. These oils are excellent for acne-prone skin because research has shown acne skin types are deficient in linoleic oil.