The 7 Skin Care Myths from the team at Proactiv:

 7 Skin Care Myths: BUSTED

 With so many misconceptions surrounding skincare, how can you possibly tell what’s best for your complexion, particularly if you suffer with blemish-prone skin? Unfortunately, following all of the supposedly sound advice out there may do more harm to your skin than good. With help from skin care experts at Proactiv®, wise up on the seven easy-to-fall-for skin myths and get closer to the healthy-looking, blemish-free complexion you’ve always wanted.

Skin Care Myth 1: Wearing sunscreen daily is too heavy for my oily complexion.

To prevent skin damage or to help avoid a blemish outbreak, protecting your skin with a sunscreen should be part of your daily skincare routine. If you suffer with oily skin; try a lightweight formula underneath your makeup, or find a foundation or tinted moisturiser with an SPF built in. Proactiv® Solution Oil Free Moisture SPF 15 £15.95, 50ml can be used as a feather-light treatment by itself or as a pre-makeup skin perfector. The unique formulation leaves skin hydrated, protected, oil-free and feeling silky smooth.

Skin Care Myth 2: To prevent blemishes you should completely strip away the oil from
the skin.

While there is no doubt that oily skin should be controlled to keep the complexion clear and shine-free, completely stripping the skin of all its natural oils can play even more havoc with blemishes and spots. Oily skin should be treated with just as much care as sensitive skin; Proactiv® Solution Daily Oil Control (50ml, £11.95) gently helps your skin balance its own natural oil levels while leaving skin smooth, even-toned and shine-free.

 Skin Care Myth 3: I should exfoliate regularly to ensure my skin stays clear.

Exfoliating excessively can strip the skin of essential oils and spread bacteria. Instead of a daily scrub, opt for a much gentler exfoliant to keep your skin in tip top condition. You should also make sure you’re using the right product when you do exfoliate.  The sharp edges of the particles in some scrubs can injure the skin, leaving it raw and inflamed.  Instead, switch to mild cleansers containing salicylic or glycolic acid which will leave your skin with a refreshing tingle, not red or irritated.  Specifically designed for everyday use and containing Salicylic  Acid, the Proactiv® 4-Piece Core System (£39.98) helps to clear  blemishes, soothe inflammation and prevent future breakouts; leaving skin noticeably clearer, smoother and glowing.

 Skin Care Myth 4: You shouldn’t use moisturiser on oily skin.

Blemish-prone skin needs hydration too! In fact, drying out oily skin sends a signal to your body to produce even more oil; a nightmare for those who already suffer with problem skin. Pick a soothing moisturiser designed to help keep skin hydrated without clogging pores. Proactiv® Solution Green Tea Moisturizer (30ml £15.95) is a moisture-rich formula developed specifically for blemish-prone skin.  Containing refreshing Green Tea and perfect for use day or night, this luxurious moisturiser leaves skin satin-soft and won’t clog pores or leave skin feeling oily.

 Skin Care Myth 5: The only thing that will cure my eyes bags and dark circles is more sleep.

Allergies, swollen veins beneath the skin’s surface or a diet high in salt may also be the cause of the bags under your eyes.  Proactiv® Solution Replenishing Eye Serum (14g £10.95) offers a soothing formula designed to revitalise eyes that need a helping hand. The mixture of Hyaluronic Acid and Co-Q10 helps to minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and the skin around the eyes will be left revitalised and refreshed.

 Skin Care Myth 6: The best way to get rid of blackheads and spots is by squeezing them.

Pulling and pressing on the skin can lead to further infection and even scarring. As well as this, after extractions, pores will fill back up with oil. Ensuring your complexion is always kept clean, fresh and free from everyday grime is enough to unclog pores. Perfect for keeping in your handbag and gentle enough for use  morning and evening, Proactiv® Solution Makeup Cleansing Wipes  £4.95 (45 towelettes) gently wipe away excess oil, dirt and other  skin impurities and condition the skin. These handy little wipes are also great for removing makeup including mascara and lipstick, leaving the skin fresh and smooth.  

Skin Care Myth 7: Wearing makeup to cover my blemishes will just clog my pores even further.

Nothing will make you more self-conscious than suffering with blemishes and problem skin. However, covering up with makeup can run the risk of clogging pores and causing more breakouts; or can it? For an instant skin boost, try Proactiv® Solution Sheer Finish™ Mineral Loose Powder (£13.95) – designed to transform blemished skin instantly. Bursting with special light-diffusing pigments to help balance an uneven skin tone, the talc-free, oil-absorbing formula will leave the skin looking fresh, radiant and flawless for longer.

The Proactiv® skincare range is available now from www.proactiv.co.uk

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