Facts about the skin, the facts and myths in a row

Weetjes over de huid, de feiten en fabels op een rij

Pfffff... you read, hear and see so much about what is and what is not good for the skin. Can you still see the forest for the trees?

Read more below about the fables and facts about all kinds of tips & tricks floating around the web. We have done our homework as best as possible, but if you have any additional information or tips, we would like to hear from you via hello@foodforskin.care.

Collagen powder fable or fact

You can no longer avoid collagen commercials. But does collagen really work well for the skin? Collagen is naturally found in your skin and ensures that your skin remains elastic, but is also important for bones, tendons, elastic cartilage, connective tissue, muscles, organs and veins. From about the age of 40, a person's collagen production decreases by 25%. From the age of 60 this is 50%.

By using collagen supplements (from within!), the natural production of collagen in the skin can be stimulated, making the skin firmer and smoother. That's a fact.

The best tested collagen powders come from bovine collagen or fish collagen with as few fillers or other ingredients as possible. Primal bone broth (or homemade) contributes to the addition of minerals such as iron and zinc (bone marrow) and strengthens your resistance.

Collagen is therefore extracted from the skin and bones of animals. Food for Skin would therefore never use collagen in its products, because we do not use products derived from animals.

Vegetable collagen can only be used as a booster and stimulates collagen production, but cannot replace animal collagen 1 on 1.

Administering collagen from outside, i.e. via creams etc., is not possible. The collagen from a cream cannot penetrate so deeply into the skin. Watch the episode of the Inspection Service of Values ​​where this is explained. So it is a myth that collagen can be introduced from outside.

So is collagen a myth or fact? Collagen cannot be applied directly to the skin from the outside, but it can certainly be absorbed into the skin if you take it as a supplement. The potency of taking collagen supplements depends on the quality and quantity of collagen in the product. In addition, results may vary from person to person. It is always advisable to seek the advice of a doctor or dermatologist before adding a new supplement to your routine.

Facts and fables about sunscreen

Myth: You won't get a tan if you wear sunscreen

Many people think that sunscreen does not give you a nice tan or that you have to burn first to build up a nice tan. This is absolutely not true and even causes damage to the skin (skin aging, increased risk of skin cancer).

A high protection factor (higher than 30) will still let you achieve a beautiful complexion the more hours you spend in the sun. It is a myth that you cannot get a tan with a high protection factor. The factor represents the time you can sit in the sun without burning. Read more about what the SPF factor means in this blog.

Fact: SPF is essential

Yes! It is good to spend some time in the sun unprotected every day to help produce vitamin D. How long it is good for you depends on the pigment in your skin and the UV index. But, after that, it is very important to protect your skin against the UVA and UVB rays of the sun with an SPF of at least 30. Make sure that the back of your tube has both the UVA symbol and the UVB symbol. UVB does provide protection against superficial sunburn, but not against skin damage deeper in the skin. This is caused by UVA and you will only see that effect in 10 years!

Avoid direct sun as much as possible between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. when the sun is at its highest. A useful tip: if your shadow is shorter than you are, it is not safe to go into the sun and you can quickly burn. If the shadow is longer than you are, you are a bit safer from the sun. It is still important to apply sun protection.

You can read more tips about responsible sunbathing in this blog .

Cosmetics facts and fables

Myth: More skin care is better

Many people think that the more they work on their skin, the better it is. This is not true. It's important to have a skin care routine that suits your skin needs, but it's not necessary to use a lot of different products. This can actually dry out and irritate your skin, as well as over-pampering it, making your skin lazy. The skin becomes addicted to the products you use every day. As soon as you stop, your skin will react. With the Food for Skin philosophy we choose to maintain the natural skin flora, because we believe that the skin itself has to do the work to really become strong from within. Because of all the dirt in the air, your skin could use a little support and you can do this by cleansing and protecting it with the right and mild products.

Myth: expensive products are better

It is a common misconception that expensive products are necessarily better than cheaper products. The price means little for most brands. It is more important to look at the ingredients in a product and how it is produced, rather than the price.

Food for Skin only uses active ingredients in our products (no water/aqua or other fillers), is locally produced (which, strangely enough, is many times more expensive) with sustainably sourced ingredients (which is unfortunately also more expensive than non-organic, non- local ingredients). Food for Skin is certainly not cheap because we consciously choose high-quality products with the smallest possible impact. You pay for that. Fortunately, our skincare is highly concentrated and contains only essential, nourishing ingredients. That's why you only need a little and the products last a long time.

For many brands, the packaging is more expensive than the actual substance or 10x more is spent on marketing than the combined costs of production. Or are the margins simply much higher because the brand focuses on 'the premium segment'. Check the claims, check the quality marks, check the ingredients (e.g. with an app) to see if it is worth the money.

Fact: a good pH value protects

A good pH value (between 4.3 and 5.6) of the skin protects you against viruses and unwanted intruders. Skin with a high pH value is drier, duller and more easily irritated. Too low a pH affects the barrier function and bacteria are more likely to strike. Your skin becomes irritated and hypersensitive and acne and eczema are common. A good pH value keeps the natural skin flora in balance, protects against micro-organisms and the loss of moisture from the skin.

We are therefore fans of triggering and damaging the skin barrier as little as possible. Our products are very mild, give the skin a helping hand, but above all ensure that the skin itself continues to work. Want to read more about our skin philosophy? Click here .

Myth: All natural skin care is good

Huh, fable?! And that from Food for Skin? Yes! Because unfortunately, natural does not automatically mean that it is a well-functioning product. It depends on the concentration and composition. Of course, that doesn't mean you can't get an allergic reaction. But, the chance of irritation or a reaction is much smaller than for synthetic perfume.

Hydrate facts and fables

Myth: cream can provide moisture

It is not possible to introduce moisture from outside. This is because water, creams and serums cannot penetrate deeply into those skin layers. You can ensure that the skin moisture is better retained in the skin by placing a thin layer on the skin with a cream. This layer then prevents moisture from disappearing and evaporating from the skin. When people talk about moisturizing creams, they actually mean 'moisturizing' and not 'moisturizing'.

Fact: your skin becomes strong with sufficient moisture from within

Yes! It is therefore not possible to add moisture from the outside, but drinking plenty of water ensures that you nourish your skin well from within. You can also drink low-tannic tea to flush your body and help remove toxins.

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