DON'T BUY SNAKE OIL!
"Don't cross your eyes, they'll get stuck like that!" "Don't go outside with a wet head, you'll get a cold." "Sleep on your back to prevent the formation of wrinkles." Or, "If you don't take your makeup off before you go to sleep at night, you'll get more wrinkles." What you'll get is a dirty pillowcase!
Science based medicine evaluates medical treatments and advice in a scientific light, promoting the highest standards in healthcare. The gold-standard for a scientific study is the Randomized Double-Blinded Placebo Control ( RDBPC) study which, by design, minimizes biases, and has the ability to demonstrate the cause and effect relationship. Unfortunately, these studies can be expensive and time consuming.
All too often, skincare "experts" give advice based on assumption and personal experience. Human "intuition" and personal experience are awful ways to figure out which treatments are actually effective. (read more)
Scientific studies, even RDBPC studies, are not perfect, but experimental studies are, by far, the best way to find out if a particular medicine, ingredient, or therapy is safe and effective. It's the basis of almost every major medical advance in history!
When you come across skincare advice, question whether the advice is based on scientific studies or someone's "intuition." Conjucture in medicine is dangerous. It is "ok" to "not be sure" or to conclude "further studies need to be done." But snake-oil exists. Don't buy any!
MATURE SKIN ....HOGWASH!
CAUTION: Skincare products claiming to be designed for a specific age group, or for "mature" skin (usually referring to women over 50), are formulated with the same ingredients as all OTC moisturizers. There is no specific ingredient that can be added to a moisturizer to make that moisturizer more effective based on age. This marketing ploy makes absolutely no sense. 35 year olds can absolutely use the same moisturizers as 50 year olds, and 50 year olds can use the same products as 80 year olds!
Age should not determine which moisturizer you use. Choosing any skincare product based on your age is not a wise way to shop.
A "NIGHT CREAM" IS ESSENTIAL
A "Night Cream" is a moisturizer. Yes, it is often (but not always) thicker, found in a smaller jar, and more expensive per ounce than a conventional facial moisturizer. Night creams sold on skincare aisles are formulated just like other facial moisturizers. They are water based, contain humectants to pull water into the most superficial layer of skin, occlusives to prevent water from evaporating into the environment, emulsifiers to keep the water and oily components from seperating, preservative to keep the formulation from becoming contaminated with mold and bacteria, and frequently, fragrance. There is a common myth that "skin rejuvenates at night." Research at the cellular level suggests that a possible "circadian rhythm" of skin STEM cells may exist. Cells in the superficial layer of skin, the epidermis, however, continuously divide and turnover 24/7. When the alarm clock rings at 7:00 am, skin cells don't stop replicating!
A "night" cream is a facial mositurizer that does NOT contain sunscreen.
FALSE: You do NOT need a "night" cream.
THE MAGIC POTION!
The Real Magic Potion!
It prevents 90% of sun spots, wrinkles, and saggy skin!
It is sold everywhere (yet only one in ten Americans actually use it daily.)
Scientific study shows that compared to OTC (over-the-counter) ingredients like antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, and the "skin lightening" hydroquinone, sunscreen is the most effective anti-aging preventative in skincare products.
"FIRMING CREAMS" ACTUALLY FIRM THE SKIN
"Firming creams" ARE facial moisturizers. Manufacturers use the marketing term "firming" to imply that a skincare product makes the skin look tauter. Unfortunately, there is no objective way to measure firmness of the skin.
Claims of increased firmness are commonly based on a handful of user's subjective perception. An increase in hydration of the skin may yield the same result.
In actuality, when the skin is hydrated, the skin appears firmer. A grape is "firmer" than a raisin! Apply a sunscreen or a moisturizer with added SPF protection in the morning, and moisturize again in the evening.
Select a sunscreen or a facial moisturizer with added sunscreen protection by clicking on the Product Selector.
FALSE: You don't need a "Firming Cream".
Search Our Blog!
Welcome to Fully Exposed
Hello, and welcome to FryFace!
I've been a New York based dermatologist for over 25 years. I love music. I love triathlons. I love chemistry. (I love petroleum jelly.) I study skincare ingredients and product formulation. I listen to skincare "advice" from self-proclaimed ......Read More