Skincare Myths We’re Leaving Behind!

It’s no secret that the beauty sector is frequently filled with untruths and misconceptions. Although if these words of counsel may have started out with some element of truth, they can occasionally become a bit muddled along the road, and occasionally they are outright incorrect. In any case, we believe it’s time to distinguish fact from fiction and dispel a few lesser-known urban legends that many of us once took for granted.

Packaging doesn’t matter – it’s what’s inside that counts

As consumers we have been fed for way too long the idea that a high quality product that works to its fulles potential is all about the ingredients, and perhaps more recently the idea that the actual formula of a product (the quantities of each ingredient and how they work with eachother) is what determines wheter a product will work or not. This hyperfocus on ingredients has allowed a crucial component to slip through the cracks: the packaging. The chances are most, if not all, of your skincare products are packaged in plastic – because unfortunately the beauty industry’s contribution to the global plastic crisis is just nog being tackled fast enough, despite the sheer scale it is on, and detrimental impact it is having. Meaning that there is more single-use skincare than ever before on the shelf. According to studies, the global cosmetic business alone produces more than 120 billion packaging units annually. According to the environmental investigation Agency, the plastic problem has an effect on 633 marine species that we are aware of. The issue is not just one of the environment and ecology, but it also jeopardizes the quality of the things we use in the first place. Because plastic is greatly influenced by its surroundings, it’s life cycle is short. As a result, even natural phenomena like sunlight can hasten the degradation of plastic and harm the substance inside. And regrettably, the majority of plastics have poisons that are then absorbed into the product over time and then ingested by us upon application. But it’s not all bad news – because change is coming. Now more than ever before, we are seeing a growing push to protect our environment, marine life, and our own health. A belief that is at the very core of Vemels values. Which is why each and every Vemel product you received is packaging in high quality glass jars and bottles, opaque to protect from UV damage, and rightly sealed to protect active ingredients from air – all this and fully recyclable too. Because we don’t see the need to skimp out when it comes to skin.

Using anti-aging products too soon can make it harder for the products to be effective in the future.

No, to put it simply.. Anti-aging creams and serums are still beneficial if you start using them when you’re younger. Collagen-stimulating chemicals are frequently found in anti-aging products because they promote cell turnover, a process that slows and diminishes with age. In our youth, the skin is perfectly capable of completing this procedure by itself. So, anti-aging products are not necessary if our skin can achieve the same result without their support. Yet, skincare products that are introduced earlier can act as preventative measures since the aging process begins in our 20s although the visible indicators take longer to manifest.This does not mean that the impact later will be negative, simply that you can’t enjoy the product for what it is intended for now, as that is not a skin concern you are struggling with. You may however enjoy the moisturising properties that are often included in anti-aging products, designed to plump up the skin.

It makes no difference in what order you apply your skincare products.

While the fundamental skincare stages we must include in every regimen are explained to us, the application of these procedures is typically given little to no attention. That really does matter, though. As our skin’s numerous barrier layers are intended to keep things out, obtaining goods to permeate them requires careful planning. Merely putting them on in any order can hinder the skin’s ability to absorb a product, wasting both your time and money. In certain cases, it can even harm the skin by disrupting the skin barrier, leading to unpleasant symptoms like clogged pores, acne, and excessive dryness. The only point on which we can all agree is that every routine starts with a cleanser: if you are double cleansing with different types of cleansers you first start with an oil cleanse, and then follow up with a water based or milky type of cleanser. Sometimes you might find a product that works wonderfully as a first and second cleanse, and it’s perfectly fine to use it twice to make sure the skin has broken down any make up, sunscreen or grime, and left the skin ready and prepped for the next step.  A good example is the Vemel no.1 cleansing oil, an oil to milk formula when adding water, this cleanser removes even the most stubborn mascara, (without rubbing or stinging!) as well as injecting the skin with a multivitamin and antioxidant boost. Follow this up with your serum, usually this step will be tailored to any skin concerns you have in particular, like dryness and dehydration or hyperpigmentation and reducing signs of aging. In the morning you can simply follow this up with your sunscreen. Whereas in the evening you can seal everything off with a moisturiser for the final step to your simply but effective routine.

Eye creams and moisturisers are just the same thing’

We’ve all probably heard at some point that ‘an eyecream is just a glorified moisturiser’ and that we should just apply our moisturiser all the way up and it’ll have the same result. Well, the truth is the results aren’t the same because the skin isn’t the same. The skin around our eyes is a lot thinner than the rest of our face – in fact it’s the thinnest skin on our entire body, meaning it is a lot more sensitive and requires more care. Which is where eye creams come into play – eye creams are designed to target specific concerns we struggle with in the delicate eye area, and are gentle enough to not cause irritation. Which is why when it came to Vemels Intense Age Repair Eye & Lip Cream, our founder Agi was intentional and selective about which ingredients make sense for that area of the skin.

For instance, whilst many brands include Aloe Vera in powder or liquid form, which is therefore stabilised with alcohol, Intense Age Repair includes pure Aloe Vera, so it’s hydration and antioxidant properties can be enjoyed to its fullest, completely free from the damage alcohol can cause to the skin. And, whilst she was certain the benefits of coconut was a must for the cream, to avoid the heaviness of coconut in such a delicate area she opted for Coconut Pulp Extract, helping to create a vitamin and antioxidant filled product, tailor made with love.

Ultimately, myths in the beauty industry are a constant – but sometimes we need to dig a little deeper and arm ourselves with the knowledge to avoid falling into just another marketing attempt, giving our skin the best opportunity to flourish.

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