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The five skincare myths that are destroying your skin

The five skincare myths that are destroying your skin – and why you shouldn’t buy a product with the most active ingredients

  •  Lab Muffin beauty scientist Michelle reveals the five top bad skincare myths 
  • From needing to exfoliate daily to only using high-active ingredient products
  • She reveals what you should be doing instead to improve your complexion


A ‘beauty scientist’ has revealed the five skincare myths which are secretly ‘ruining’ your complexion.

Michelle Wong from Lab Muffin Beauty Science explained exfoliating flakey skin, using products with a high percentage of active ingredients and failing to take a break from your skincare regime are common mistakes.

She starts the video with the most common myth: ‘High concentrations are better’.

‘It makes sense that we feel like this,’ she said. ‘If five percent of something is good then ten percent must be twice is good.’

Michelle Wong from Lab Muffin Beauty Science explained exfoliating flakey skin, using products with a high percentage of active ingredients and failing to take a break from your skincare regime were common mistakes

Only it isn’t, she explained, and all too often leads to the skin reacting negatively.

To make it easier for her followers to understand Michelle compared it to eating burgers. 

‘It is about hitting the sweet spot, if you don’t have enough of something it has no effect, too much and you are in side-effect territory,’ she explained.

Michelle said the most common sign you have gone too hard with the active ingredients is when your skin begins to sting when you splash water on it.

The second myth is that you should exfoliate flaky skin.

‘This feels like it makes sense, your skin wants to come off so you help it off,’ she said.

But it should be left to fall off on its own.

Instead people should try drinking more water and adding something soothing like Vaseline. 

If you have to remove some because you need to put some makeup on, Michelle says the best way is to ‘very gently’ exfoliate using a damp towel.

Michelle says most active ingredients don't have to be used every day to be effective

Michelle says most active ingredients don’t have to be used every day to be effective

WHAT ARE THE FIVE MOST COMMON MYTHS?

 1 – The higher the concentration of the active ingredient the better – False, according to Michelle who says too much will land you in ‘side-effect’ territory.

2 – Active ingredients should be used every day – False, every one’s skin is different, Michelle has a three-day cycle with different actives used on two of those days and only light products on the third.

3 – Sun cream is trash – False – it is important and there are so many on the market that are good for the skin and protect from the sun.

 4 – You should exfoliate flaky skin immediately – False, Michelle says you should leave it be – especially if it is red or sore. She recommends exfoliating lightly with a damp towel if you need to put makeup in.

5 – Cleanser doesn’t matter because it is being washed off the skin – False, Michelle says it was difficult for her to get her cleanser routine right. She used to use a cleanser which was too harsh twice per day and it damaged her skin. She now only uses a cleanser once per day and loves the change in her skin. 

The third myth is that you should ‘use every active ingredient every day’.

‘This happens a lot, you have a day routine and a night routine, but ten products so you use three in the morning and seven at night,’ she said.

While some people enjoy long routines Michelle says they aren’t necessary and some only need to be used once or twice per week.

The fourth myth is that ‘cleanser doesn’t matter because it is being washed off the skin’.

But Michelle disagrees and revealed ‘sorting out her cleanser’ was the hardest part of her routine and made the biggest changes to her skin.

She used to think she needed to use heavy cleanser morning and night because she has naturally oily skin. 

She also warns against people going directly for a product with the highest percentage of active ingredient

She also warns against people going directly for a product with the highest percentage of active ingredient

Instead of helping her it irritated her skin and lead to it becoming more oily, quicker.

She now uses a lighter cleanser once per day.  

The final myth is that ‘all sun creams are awful for the skin’.

‘There are a lot of new sun creams hitting the market, it is about finding one you like so you use it often,’ she said.   

Michell also says it is also important to only change one thing at a time – so you know what works and what doesn’t.

The young woman creates videos with the primary focus on helping people make better decisions for their skin. 

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