December 31, 2020

These 8 Beauty Myths Aren’t Doing Your Skin Any Favors

When I stepped into the skin care aisle in grade school, I was sure my skin problems would be whisked away by the fancy bottles and copy writing promises. Even better if the products had before-and-after photos next to them.

What I didn’t realize at that time was that skin care wasn’t a one-size-fits-all situation. In fact, it’s often the exact opposite.

To find out what worked for me, 保濕護膚,my routine, and my budget, I needed to also work my way throughpsoriasis,hyperpigmentation, and the pressure we put on ourselves to look like a porcelain doll.

Throughout my journey I’ve discovered a few things that work and others that do not. More importantly, I’ve learned eight skin product myths that keep people from having a great relationship with their skin.

This myth started from hair care and somehow made its way into skin care. You may even see companies perpetuate this myth when they apply a fingertip amount in their advertisements.

When in doubt, use a little more product than the amount slotted on the back of the bottle. After all, everyone’s face — from size to absorbency — is different.

Two drops of face oil may be too much for balanced oily skin but after it sinks into dehydrated, oily skin, it may turn out to be too little.

Tip:When it’s been a long day of touching your face, eating takeout, picking upanotherquarter you dropped at the coffee shop, you’ll want to treat your face to more than a dime-sized amount of cleanliness. (Same goes forsunscreen, as most people only apply25 to 50 percent of the needed amount!)


A standardtonerremoves excess dirt and oil off the skin before you apply moisturizer. Depending on the brand, they promise to help your skin look brighter and smoother.

While I do believe that toner can assist in your beauty routine, not everyone needs it. Too many products can cause build up or a lack of absorption in your products.

I eventually took a minimalist approach to my skin care journey and removed toner. In its place, I added a liquid cell rejuvenator that’s mostly made of aloe vera. It’s a great base to my moisturizer and gives me that bright glow while minimizing my pores.

Tip:If you use toner, I suggest looking up your toner and comparing it with the other products in your routine (use SkinCarisma). You may find it overlaps or isn’t necessary at all.

If you’re prone to hyperpigmentation, makeup wipes can actually cause friction and slowly tear at the skin if you use daily. Plus, a lot of makeup wipes have alcohol, which can cause stinging for sensitive skin.

On regular days, I apply CeraVe SA Cleanser to my hands and wash my face. After, I wash with the soap again with myVanity brush. You can also opt for an oil cleanse to melt off the day’s impurities.

Tip:If you choose to use makeup wipes, try to limit them for long nights out instead.


Mycombination skinforces me to spend more money on skin products. But I don’t spend a lot onevery product.

Sometimes a simple product that costs less and has less going on ingredient-wise pays off more. For example, my Trader Joes’ Tea Tree Oil Facial Wash is $13.99 but my Lancome Beinfait Multivital moisturizer with SPF 30 is $60.

When I can’t afford that moisturizer for the month, I opt for a Cetaphil moisturizer and Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer sunscreen. Both keep my skin looking fierce!

Tip:You can easily learn to put your money where it matters by researching the star ingredient in your favorite products and see if there are "dupes” (aka copycat products) that also highlight those ingredients.

Skin myths can emerge from anywhere, especially word of mouth. You may have heard: "Avoid touching your face to prevent acne” but touching alone isn’t the only thing breaking you out.

My dermatologist warned me about talking on the phone without headphones and scrolling on my phone and then touching my face afterward. Apparentlyour phones carry more bacteria than most toilet seats.

A huge indicator of the skin issues I dealt with in high school came after I began getting acrylic nails. Apparently long nails can carry the gunk from your entire day, and if there’s bacteria, it can travel to your face or even cause an infection underneath your nails.

Tip:When washing your hands, concentrate on getting in underneath your nails!

A consistent skin care routine isn’t going to save you from breakouts.Breakoutscan be a result of anything from internal gut health to stress.

In fact, an inflexible routine may hurt you in the long run — the weather can change, you may encounter unexpected stress, or your skin might also just stop responding to your favorite cream. When that happens, your routine needs an adjustment.

I believe in keeping the same base products, likeface wash, but switching up othersteps to achieve my goal. For example, I wear aloe vera gel under my moisturizer during the spring. In the summer, I wear a lighter moisturizer so I won’t look oily when the sun comes out.

Tip:Let your inner researcher splurge a little andtry new products or formulations. Don’t be afraid of the return policy. Most brands understand their products aren’t one-size-fits-all and will gladly accept returns.

Your skin is one of a kind. Just because a "clear skin” thread went viral on Twitter doesn’t mean you should be concoctinga lemon and baking soda maskon a Tuesday night.

The goal is to not put your skin into shock. According to research, it may take anywhere from 6 to 20 weeksTrusted Sourceto really see a change in skin. Of course, the time depends on the ingredients and what kinds of changes you’re looking for.

Tip:If you do want to look at reviews of the product, look at the four- to three-star section for a more balanced perspective. The best reviews are the ones that include a before and after of someone who has the same skin tone, skin concerns, and skin type as yours.


One of my biggest mistakes was self-testing products until I found one that worked. For many others this meansnot learning your skin typeor even theactual condition(remember there’sdifferent types of acneand theyall respond to different treatments).

But dermatologists are doctors for your skin. They can tell you things that other people can’t, with the scientific education and experience to back it up.

How do you know it’s working? What breaks you out? Is your skin going into shock because of a new product or are the ingredients not a fit for your skin?

These questions are ones dermatologists can help you answer — or even start asking.

Tip:Access and costs are some of the biggest issues relating to dermatologist visits. If your provider won’t cover visits or treatment, tele-derm apps may be an option. Tele-derm based services use selfies to help you decide what kind of skin treatment you need.


Pause before downloading that app

  1. Consumer tele-derm services are a huge ethical concern as every app will have a different policy around your privacy. Don’t hesitate to email the company asking if they are HIPAA compliant and what they will do with your photos. If they cannot provide a clear and straight-forward answer, it’s best not to use the app.

You may want to see if there’s a dermatologist who charges based on flexed income. This kind of payment is usually based on the income of the individual and can be set at a reasonable rate.

Most of these myths I learned about after a grueling journey to clear and healthy skin. I didn’t see progress until I decided to take control of what healthy skin looks like for me — and not based on what others did.

That included accepting my hyperpigmentation, controlling my psoriasis, andletting beauty marks accent the beauty I naturally possessed.

Taylor Ramble is a skin enthusiast, freelance writer, and film student. For the past five years she’s worked as a freelance writer and blogger focusing on topics from wellness to pop culture. She enjoys dancing, learning about food and culture, as well as empowerment. Right now she works at The University of Georgia’s Virtual Reality Lab focusing on the impact of advancing technologies on behavior and wellness.

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December 22, 2020

Online education is popular, with plenty of room for improvement


Fragmented teaching is popular

When it comes to online courses, a Beijing parent whose child just started first grade told reporters, "My father and I work under a lot of pressure and have very limited time to spend with our children. It is inconvenient for the elderly to pick up and drop off their children. Online learning not only saves time and energy for the child to get out of class, but also connects well with the in-school curriculum." Most parents do not know the key points of the course content and do not demonstrate them, even if they are around their children for 5 hours, the effect is not as significant as the one hour of remote online practice with a professional teacher.


Today, China has moved into the initial maturity stage of the online education industry, and the user groups of online education can be broadly divided into three categories: primary and secondary school students with off-campus tutoring; university students with inter-school education and teaching resources information sharing economy and non-student groups with various different vocational and technical skills in our free time learning process.

Compared with primary and secondary school students who use online off-campus courses as a supplement to their on-campus learning, online courses for non-student groups are mainly characterized by fragmentation, refinement and practicality. Fitness sculpting, improvised oral expression, Python programming, photography, spoken English, etc. Most people take such classes to expand their skills.

Liu Tianchi is a Chinese opera performance teacher who shot to fame as a mentor for her participation in Zhejiang TV's "The Birth of an Actor" program. This year, she started an online acting course for young professionals to teach working professionals how to communicate with their leaders and colleagues at work. Back in 2018, her acting workshop received an investment of tens of millions of RMB from Sequoia Capital.

Plum, who works in an Internet company, will study a one-hour online PS retouching class at home after work at 8 pm. "I always feel that I can't come back from work time because I am always idle, so I enrolled in this online class in China, the price is quite suitable and the class time is not too long. While we still have a lot of energy to learn more professional skills, so that when I take a break can also give themselves to others to earn a little extra money retouching."

The knowledge information that cannot be learned in school can be easily obtained online. The reporter retrieved in a professional online education platform, e-commerce marketing is one of the platform's popular courses. Some merchants who want to open an online store can learn the latest marketing techniques, such as newbie online stores looking for sources, low cost drainage on the Handao homepage, and the operational skills of micro-amalgamation drill show. The courses are mostly free at the beginning, but the best part is the expensive learning.

Online education has a lot of room for improvement

Although the online education market is booming, there are still some problems that need to be solved.

This reporter saw a video shared by a parent on WeChat in his circle of friends. The video showed that the child fell asleep because he was too sleepy while video learning with his English teacher. The child was exhausted and the parent was distraught.

With so many online courses to choose from, it's still a question of whether parents can filter out the ones that are truly suitable for their children and whether they will suffer from "indigestion" due to hunger.

At the same time, even though the number of online course users has more than doubled, the high marketing costs of the online education market apparently make many education platforms and institutions are about to fail to hit. After the high-profile IPO, many online education companies can not afford the huge marketing costs, there are negative news such as layoffs, bankruptcy and downsizing.

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