Beauty Myths and Misconceptions
Written by Nelly N & Donna Van Trier
Our National Artistry Trainer, Donna Van Trier has the answer to your burning beauty questions.
Q1. What are the main causes of acne?
A: Around 70% of teenagers are affected by acne at some stage of their life. Acne is caused by an overactive sebaceous gland (over oil production in the skin). It’s really important that we cleanse the skin because the pores can get blocked and when the pores are blocked that causes breakouts.
Q2. What is the most important part of your skincare routine?
A: I need to cleanse properly. But that’s just the first step. I always say cleanse, tone and moisturise. Cleansing will get rid of those impurities so that your pores won’t be blocked. Then you tone the skin and moisturise the skin to nourish and protect. cleanse, tone and moisturise. Cleansing will get rid of those impurities so that your pores won’t be blocked. Then you tone the skin and moisturise the skin to nourish and protect.
Q3. Does more product get better results?
A: Wrong! If you’re using too much product you’re potentially going to clog your pores. And it’s just going to sit on the surface of the skin and, not do much. In most cases, a 10-cent sized amount is generous enough to work on your skin concerns.
Q4. Do I need to use a moisturiser if I have oily skin?
A: Oily skin needs moisture as much as dry skin. The sebaceous glands that sit in the lower layers in the dermis determine how much oil production is produced. Often a person with oily skin that’s not using a moisturiser can actually cause the surface of their skin to become quite dry. That’s why if you use a moisturiserdaily it will calm the surface of the skin then your sebaceous glands won’t think that it’s dry and they will normalise. Essentially, it’ll help to calm down the oil production. Before applying product, wash your face with water and pat dry your skin. This will help your skin to feel less dewy.
Q5. Do only mature aged people get wrinkles and fine lines?
A: If we don’t look after our skin we are prone to premature ageing. In fact, I see a lot younger skin that’s prematurely aged due to sun exposure and not protecting the skin from the sun. That’s why it is important to protect your skin whenever you go out in the sun.