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Debunking Skincare Myths with DECIEM

From elaborate seven-step skincare regimens to three-figure serums, many skincare brands perpetuate the idea that more is more and expensive is better. But when it comes to unlocking your best skin, how much of that is really true?

DECIEM, the parent company behind cult favourite skincare brands like The Ordinary and NIOD, is one beauty company rejecting the bright packaging, added fragrance and unrealistic promises we too often see in skincare. Focusing more on quality ingredients that deliver results, DECIEM has built its skincare empire on science-driven, active ingredient-based skincare.

Chief Scientific Officer of the ‘Abnormal Beauty Company’, Prudvi Mohan Kaka, shared his insights into some common skincare myths and mistakes so that you can get the most out of your skincare routine.

Myth: You need lots of steps in a skincare regimen

While much of the skincare industry would have you under the impression that radiant skin comes from a seven-step skincare regimen, DECIEM suggests otherwise.

We recommend using no more than three serums in a single regimen for optimal layering and ingredient delivery.

Chief Scientific Officer, Prudvi Mohan Kaka said.

You read that right: all those serums, toners and creams aren’t necessarily doing a whole lot for your skin. Instead, Prudvi recommends building a simple regimen, starting with adequate cleansing.

Then, focusing on one’s skin concerns of priority by introducing serums that would target those priority concerns, but no more than three at a time in a single routine. Lastly, we recommend finishing off the regimen with a moisturizer.

Prudvi said

Myth: You should apply retinol as much as you can

Known to counteract the destruction of collagen and elastin fibres that lead to wrinkles and fine lines, retinol continues to be hailed as a miracle skincare ingredient. But, that doesn’t mean you should use retinol both morning and night.

Prudvi explains that because retinol and retinoids in general work by promoting skin turnover, retinol can make the skin more vulnerable to the damaging effects of the sun’s UV rays.

Without proper protection when using retinoids, this can lead to the development of sunburns, ultimately leading to enhancement of the visible signs of ageing, and excess peeling of the skin.

Prudvi continues

Essentially, using retinol in your morning skincare regimen without sunscreen undermines the desired results you want from retinol.

With summer approaching when many tend to spend more time out in the sun, it is always best to avoid retinol use in a morning routine.

Prudvi said

Myth: Wonder ingredients like niacinamide work for everyone

Another skincare ingredient that has earned some time in the spotlight is niacinamide. A form of vitamin B3, niacinamide is known to improve a range of skincare concerns, from acne and oily skin to rosacea and dehydration. However, like all active ingredients – which work by changing the skin on a cellular level- niacinamide isn’t always well received and has been known to break some people out.

Purging of the skin can occur with any ingredients that affect the skin’s behaviour. In the case of Niacinamide, this can relate to the formation of a ceramide barrier.

Prudvi said

The scientific guru suggests, noting that while purging varies from one person to another, there are things you can do to mitigate it.

This includes avoiding the use of harsh chemicals and utilising gentle skincare formulations with active ingredients that encourage skin barrier support and offer soothing benefits. That being said, your skin can also be intolerant to a formula or ingredient. While we try to make our products suitable to most skin types, everyone’s skin is different and may react differently to new products.

Prudvi said

Myth: You can mix different active ingredients

When you hear about the benefits of ingredients like niacinamide, vitamin C and retinol for your skin, it can be tempting to incorporate every wonder ingredient possible into your skincare routine. But before you go crazy on the serums, it’s important to know of ingredient conflicts.

For example, Prudvi says that the combination of niacinamide and vitamin C is not recommended due to the formation of a salt complex from the two ingredients. In other words, make sure to use these two ingredients on alternate days.

Similarly, Prudvi warns against using vitamin C with peptides which “may increase the susceptibility of peptides to hydrolysis” which can ultimately affect the efficacy of the ingredients.

Copper peptides and strong antioxidants are also a no go. In fact, Prudvi says the two together may result in “the appearance of an orange stain on light coloured fabric or on the skin.” No thanks!

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