In the day of TikTok and YouTube, everyone has an opinion on tips and tricks for perfect skin. With that, it’s hard to distinguish what works and what doesn’t. Here at Wed Mayhem, we talked to licensed esthetician, Madison McDaniel at TLC Skin Care to find out what really works and what you should totally ignore. Whether you’re a blushing bride-to-be or want to look your most glowy self for your bestie’s wedding we are here to help!
1. FALSE: You only need sunscreen when it’s sunny
No amount of Botox can match up to the effects of starting to wear sunscreen early. When your skin is exposed to the sun, it can cause damage to your skin cells and your skin’s DNA. This can lead to premature aging, wrinkles, and dark spots. The secret to anti-aging and protecting your skin is SPF. SPF should be a daily part of your morning routine, no matter what the weather looks like. In fact, on overcast days up to 80% of UV rays can still reach your skin. Our on-call esthetician suggests Elta- MD. However, if you have darker skin you may want to try Dr. Jart or Black Girl Sunscreen.
2. TRUE: Taping your forehead at night works
Have you ever heard of Frownies? Well, these are the OG Botox. Frownies are facial patches designed to help smooth wrinkles and lines on your face. By “training” the muscles in the face to relax, you can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and pre-existing wrinkles. If you are looking for a more affordable alternative to Botox/dysport, try buying Frownies. These will prevent your skin from getting squished in your sleep and you will wake up feeling more gorgeous than ever.
3. FALSE: You shouldn’t moisturize if you have oily skin.
It may seem counterintuitive to moisturize your oily skin, but the key to good skin is hydration, hydration, hydration! In fact, if you have oily skin you need to apply more good moisture to it. If you are new to skin care and have oily skin, opt for an oil-free, gel, or water-based moisturizer. Some of our favorite drugstore brands to try are Neutrogena Hydro Boost Moisturizer and La Roche Posay Mat Mattifying Moisturizer for Oily Skin.
4. TRUE: Sugar and milk may have poor effects on your skin
Unfortunately, diet does directly correlate to your skin health. Some food products can be highly inflammatory for your skin. If you are trying to avoid any breakouts the week of, cut back on sugar and milk. If you absolutely cannot go without your vanilla lattes in the morning, try using soy, almond, or oat milk! We love Oatly.
5. FALSE: You need to spend a lot of money on skin care products
There are tons of amazing skin care brands that work just as well as the ones that sell $500 moisturizers. What matters is consistency. If you are just starting out, try using the Cerave cleanser and moisturizer every morning and night. A simple, consistent routine is better than any designer skin care brand.
6. TRUE: Eating a ton of carrots might make your skin turn orange
Although it is rare, consuming large amounts of beta-carotene, the pigment that gives carrots their orange color, can cause carotenemia. This can make the skin develop an orange hue. But don’t worry! Adding an extra serving of carrots won’t turn you into an oompa loompa, but it may add a natural glow. Carrots are a healthy food that can have great effects on the skin. When prepping for your next wedding try putting carrot juice in your smoothies. We love: Bolthouse Farms Organic Carrot Juice.
7. FALSE: Olive oil gets rid of wrinkles
While olive oil has several health benefits, such as being a good source of healthy fats and antioxidants, it is not a proven treatment for wrinkles. So instead of lathering olive oil on to your skin, we recommend sticking to cooking with it!
8. TRUE: Tanning causes wrinkles
We know we know… We hate to admit it, but tanning ages your skin. When you’re exposed to sun or any UV radiation, it damages the fibers’ elastin in your skin. If you are really into tanning beds, try getting a spray tan or using a self-tanner at home. We recommend St. Tropez Self Tanner for your body and Isle of Paradise drops for your face!
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