Most of us walk around with a wide mix of skincare knowledge. Some tips were handed down to us by our grandmothers and mothers while some we read in a magazine or got from makeup-counter staff—and a lot of what we believe may be flat-out wrong. To slay a few skin myths, Mom.me spoke to Los Angeles, New York and Dallas-based celebrity aesthetician Renée Rouleau.
The first myth is that moisturizing alone will help with dry skin on the body. "Dryness happens as we age," says Rouleau. "Oil production slows down; your lipid barrier starts to break down. Your skin is an essential organ that is a cushion to keep hydration in. When you produce less oil, this barrier gets damaged. Then, irritants get into your body more easily, but simply moisturizing won't help." It's important to exfoliate the body and follow with a body lotion that has active components. Rouleau says, "Ingredients to look for in body lotions include phospholipids, jojoba oil, borage oil,safflower oil, and linoleic acid. They repair the moisture barriers. The buzz term for this is 'barrier repair'—but it's simply putting healthy oil onto the skin."