HydraFacial - Do This, Not That: Easy Lifestyle Changes That Will Improve Your Skin

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Unlocking the power of a solid skincare routine is possible now more than ever. There's no replacement for the confidence that comes with gorgeous, glowing skin. Unfortunately, the Internet is a black hole laced with conflicting opinions and advice, making it challenging to find what actually works. Who knows, on the journey toward becoming your best self, you could be unknowingly sabotaging your skin.

Take a deep breath—we've got you covered. Check out these common skincare misconceptions and the simple swaps you can make to get back on track toward healthier looking skin.

Myth: Hot Water Will Open my Pores

Pores are not tiny windows: They do not open and close. The "opening" sensation you feel when you splash hot water on your face is a result of the tiny blood vessels in the Dermis (re: the second layer of your skin) expanding. Hot water can strip skin of natural oils, resulting in dry, irritated skin, so avoid turning up the heat too much. Conversely, cleansing with cold water is less effective at removing dirt and oil. Instead, wash your face with lukewarm water—Your pores will thank you.

Myth: I Can Revamp My Skin From the Outside In

Your mom was right: What's on the inside really does count. The same is true when it comes to your skincare regimen. No amount of serum, paste or cream will erase a poor diet. Experts have concluded that foods which spike insulin levels (i.e. simple carbohydrates and sugar) trigger the body's inflammatory response, aggravating breakouts. For glowy skin, it's imperative to stay hydrated and make a healthy, nutrient-dense diet featuring leafy greens, whole grains and antioxidant-rich fruits part of your routine.

Myth: I Can DIY my Way to Great Skin

While a night in featuring pin-worthy activities can be fun, at-home concoctions can't replace the effectiveness of a monthly professional treatment. HydraFacial takes a 3-step approach to deeply cleanse, extract and hydrate skin. The best part? HydraFacial doesn't have a "type," meaning it's for all skin types. With frequent treatments, HydraFacial not only improves overall skin look, but also restores skin health, resulting in better skin overall.

Myth: The SPF in my Makeup Is Enough

The phrase, "can't stop won't stop," rings especially true when it comes to the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays. These powerful waves of radiation energy never take a breakand can pose a serious threat to your skin. In fact, 90% of skin damage is a result of sun exposure. Find a daily face sunscreen that can protect you from both UVA and UVB rays, as these both pose a threat to your skin.

Myth: My Favorite Body Scrub Can Be Used on My Face

Should you use the same lotion, sunscreen or scrub on your body as your face? The answer is no. While it is important to exfoliate with a mask or scrub weekly, body exfoliants can have stronger concentrations of acids which can be irritating to the delicate skin on the face. Look for a facial exfoliator (keyword: facial) with a formula designed for your skin type for best results.

Myth: The Priciest Products From the Same Line Will Address my Concerns

Your skin is as unique as you are and should be treated as such; price doesn't necessarily mean better quality. Follow a custom treatment plan that targets your specific skincare needs. Incorporating HydraFacial into your routine is a fantastic way to jumpstart your personalized skincare regimen. Add an award-winning super serumto a HydraFacial treatment to address specific skincare concerns and unlock an instant, gorgeous glow.

Myth: Oily Skin Does Not Need a Moisturizer

When it comes to the saying, "oil and water don't mix," your skin plays by slightly different rules. It's common to confuse oil with hydration but when your skin is dry, your body responds by producing more oil which can lead to breakouts. Using a moisturizer daily is the best way to combat this vicious cycle. Be on the lookout for non-comedogenic products (that's a fancy term for solutions that won't clog your pores) or ask a dermatologist for their moisturizing recommendations.

When it comes to healthy, glowing skin, there is no magic formula. By avoiding common misconceptions and incorporating game-changing treatments like HydraFacial into your regimen, the best skin of your life is possible.

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