Very often we are lazy to read the description of the care product to the end and to understand the entire list of its properties. As a result, two seemingly similar moisturizers or cleansers can easily become interchangeable for you, although in reality they are far from so. Such a blunder leads to a decrease in the quality of care and potentially a deterioration in the condition of the skin. What means we confuse most often, and why this should not be done - we figure it out together with a dermatologist, beautician Amina Berdova.
Tonic and micellar water
Despite the fact that the tasks of both tools are very similar, they perform different functions. Micellar water can replace a wash gel or cleansing milk: it helps to get rid of traces of makeup, daily dirt and dust. In rare cases, micellar water must be rinsed off with water.
The tonic, in turn, is not an independent means for cleansing the skin - it must be used after the main one: gel, foam, milk, micellar oil, etc. The task of any tonic is to complete the cleansing process and restore the skin's hydrolipidic balance. It is important to remember that even if the tonic contains a note that it contains micellar water, it is still an auxiliary agent.
Lip balm and oil
A good lip balm should contain natural oils that will nourish and condition your skin. The balm can be used daily: before going outside - to protect against weather conditions, as well as for aesthetic purposes - to give the lips a natural shine.
It is recommended to use lip oil whenever necessary: for example, as an oil mask at night, but not on a daily basis. Its task is to eliminate dryness, discomfort and other unpleasant symptoms. In addition, do not forget that oils are different: basic (this is olive oil, avocado oil, grape seed oil, peach oil, coconut oil) and essential oils (for example, lavender oil, tea tree oil, lemon balm, etc.). Base oils should be used for lips in their pure form, and with essential oils you need to be extremely careful - they can only be used in combination with the former.
Micellar oil and natural oils
Today, various oils for hair, face and body care are at their peak of popularity. But they should not be confused with micellar oil, as it is used to cleanse the face. Moreover, it should be applied with massaging movements on dry skin over the entire surface of the face and only after that add water.
When interacting with water, micellar oil usually changes its consistency, as a result of which it becomes like a light foam. Thus, the cleansing process takes place in two stages. Micellar oil is suitable for all skin types, including oily skin. Thanks to the micelles, it penetrates deeply into the skin, cleanses the pores and prevents the production of excess sebum (see also: "How to take care of oily skin").
Facial mist and thermal water
Unlike thermal water, which we use to freshen up our face during a hot day at work, whether in the car or on board the plane, the face mist is designed to set makeup and make it last longer.
Some manufacturers make mistas based on thermal water (see also: “What is the advantage of care products based on thermal water”). There are also mystics who additionally care for the skin according to the principle of serums, since they contain plant extracts, infusions, essential oils, vitamins, minerals and even hyaluronic acid.
Unlike thermal water, which is recommended for increasing skin hydration and which often “spoils” our makeup, mist has a moisturizing effect without unpleasant side effects, enveloping the face in a pleasant haze, which, among other things, prolongs the life of the makeup.
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