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Dr. Sapra was recently interviewed by Canadian Better Living, which will be aired on CTV and the Food Network sometime in May 2014, on the importance of sunscreen and sun protection. Head on over to our Instagram page for a behind the scenes look at the shoot (don’t forget to follow us to stay in the loop on all ICLS happenings!). This interview really got us thinking about some of the most common myths Dr. Sapra sees and hears in his every day practice. So, we went ahead and compiled a TOP 10 LIST of the BIGGEST BEAUTY MYTHS. We also provide you with many of the facts, figures and important information that help to debunk these falsities!


#10 – You don’t really need a tonerFalse. After cleansing your skin, using a toner returns your skin to a neutral pH. This allows your skin to be in the perfect condition for accepting active products like topical Vitamin C and Retinol.

We like the Vivier Refreshing Toner, because it doesn’t contain alcohol and really soothes the skin.


#9 – Oily skin doesn’t need hydration or a moisturizerFalse. Even the oiliest skin needs a form of hydration in order to regulate itself and stay smooth and supple. However, not all moisturizers are created equal and someone with dry skin will most certainly need a different type of moisturizer than someone with oily skin. We recommend opting for water based, oil-free moisturizers that are also mattifying. This means, while they’re delivering healthy moisture to your skin, they’re also helping to keep excess oil at bay. It may seem counter-intuitive, but skincare technology is truly amazing these days and can offer multiple treatments at once.

We like Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Gel. It’s an oil-free, light-weight serum that literally feels like water on your skin. It acts as a great base for makeup, and is comprised of hyaluronic acid, which naturally draws moisture to surrounding tissues without adding any oiliness to your skin. It’s an oily-skinned persons dream!


#8 – Acne-prone skin shouldn’t use a moisturizer, because it will cause you to break-outFalse. This is a really common misconception. People with acne are often worried that creams will cause them to break out. However, this can sometimes lead to drying the heck out of your skin and making the problem appear much worse. It’s true; you need to be using something that is oil-free and non-comedogenic (meaning it won’t clog your precious pores), but there are lots of great products on the market that will do just that while also leaving your skin well hydrated. So while you’re battling your acne with drying ingredients, make sure you don’t skimp on moisturizer.

We like La Roche Posay Toleriane Spa Moisturizer. It contains more than 70% thermal spring water, is non-comedogenic, oil-free and has the lightest consistency possible. It’s also important to know, it won’t interfere with any over-the-counter or prescription based medications you’re using to treat your acne.


#7 – I can use my facial cream around my eyes as wellFalse. Ideally, a specialized eye cream should be used around the eyes to address this very thin and more sensitized area. A lot of the active ingredients we use on the face would be far too harsh to use around the eye area. This includes high-potency Vitamin C, Retinol etc. While a good eye cream can be a bit costly, we recommend trying to make it last 5-6 months by just using it in the evening. It will make a big difference in treating concerns you have now, and/or will keep your eyes in tip-top shape for down the road if you’re treating preventatively.

One of our favourites is without question, the Skinceuticals A.G.E. Eye Complex! With a rich, luxurious texture that doesn’t leave your skin feeling sticky or heavy, it’s the perfect formulation. Ingredients like blueberry extract and a potent blend of peptides help to slow and actually reverse many of the signs associated with aging.


#6 – A pressed/loose powder will settle in your wrinkles and make you look olderFalse. Well kind of. Traditional pressed or loose powders got a bad rap for actually making your skin look much worse. They settled in lines and pores and would tend to dry out the skin. That’s why it’s so important to use pure, mineral based makeup, which are anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, have SPF and actually sit on top of the skin vs. settling into any lines or wrinkles. In fact, it smoothes out the complexion much better than a thick, heavy liquid foundation ever could!

We like Colorescience loose powders for giving you that all over, healthy and even complexion. And although we still don’t recommend it, it’s a mineral makeup so you could literally sleep in it without causing damage to your skin. It also has anywhere from SPF20-SPF50! We LOVE this video since it shows just how different and beneficial PURE mineral makeup is for your skin. You can try the water test yourself with your own makeup at home!



#5 – Getting a base tan is a healthy way to ensure you don’t burnFalse. This is one of those myths we hope we’re still not having to talk about 1-2 years down the road. It’s such a misconception that as long as you don’t burn, you’re not causing damage to your skin. Any colour including a “base tan”, is causing damage to your skin. Rates of melanoma and other skin cancers are on the rise. In fact, alarming statistics from the Canadian Cancer Society state:

  • About 1 in 63 Canadian men is expected to develop melanoma during his lifetime and 1 in 287 will die from it.
  • About 1 in 79 Canadian women is expected to develop melanoma during her lifetime and 1 in 420 will die from it.

Luckily more and more people are ditching their unhealthy tanning habits for healthy self-tanners like St. Tropez, which won’t turn you orange and don’t have that yucky “self-tan smell.” There are also about 1 million gorgeous celebs to emulate who have totally embraced their natural, fair-toned skin. Think of the likes of Amanda Seyfried, Rachel McAdams, Emma Stone, Nicole Kidman and Kate Blanchett (the list goes on & on). So, even if you’re a past sun worshipper, it’s never too late to start either embracing your inner (or should I say outer) porcelain doll appearance, or fake a tan with the newest and greatest in self-tanning skincare.

Amanda Seyfried, Rachel McAdams and Emma Stone



#4 – Makeup causes you to break outFalse. Well that’s not entirely true. Using old makeup and not washing your brushes can cause unsightly breakouts. So make sure you throw out anything older than 6-12 months for normal drug-store makeup (take a look at the Product After Opening symbol on the packaging – aka the “tuna can” with the number in it – that number tells you how long that product is good after opening), or over 2 years old if it’s a mineral makeup. Also, washing your brushes once every few weeks with an anti-bacterial facial cleanser will help a lot.

The best type of makeup for a clear, acne-free complexion is definitely a pure mineral makeup. We like Glominerals for providing a healthy, even complexion; while also helping to heal acne breakouts.


#3 – Anti-aging creams should only be used after the age of 30False. This is somewhere we can say with confidence that prevention is key! It is so much easier to slow the aging clock when you’re addressing your skin preventatively, versus actively treating concerns like wrinkles and brown spots that you already have. We recommend starting on a good skincare regime as early as 13 years of age (think a good cleanser and a moisturizer with sunscreen in it.) When it comes to anti-aging and prevention, we recommend starting as young as 18/19 years old with a facial serum like Vitamin C, a moisturizer with SPF and a good eye cream. After that, as you get more comfortable, you can always supplement your regime with additional products!

Our favourite Vitamin C is definitely Vivier CE Peptides. It contains high-potency Vitamin C along with potent peptides to help battle aging concerns, even your skin tone and give you that envy-worthy glow we’re all looking to achieve. You can really tell when someone is using a Vitamin C because their skin tends to look healthy and glowing.


#2 – You have to use expensive skincare to get good resultsFalse. The old adage “you get what you pay for,” doesn’t always have to apply! There are options out there for every budget. Yes, of course there are certain ingredients and types of products that tend to be more costly. We recommend investing in active, high quality products like anti-aging eye creams, high-potency Vitamin C serums and all-in-one anti-aging creams that contain peptides and Retinol. However, even in these cases, there is every spectrum of price from low to high. A good eye cream will typically be around $100, Vitamin C $120 and many all-in-one products can be approximately $150 and upwards.

But one of our favourite products that mixes business with pleasure is the SkinMedica Rejuvenative Moisturizer. It is an excellent moisturizer that also contains Retinol to help slough away old dead skin cells and gives you a healthy glow with more refined pores and texture. And at $54.00, it doesn’t get much better than that!


#1 – You only need sunscreen when it’s sunny outFalse. This could be one of the biggest misconceptions to date! Certainly, if you’re planning a trip to the Caribbean, a broad spectrum UVA UVB sunscreen with a minimum of 30SPF is a must. However, what many people don’t realize is, the damaging effects of the sun are looming 365 days a year. Even through thick winter clouds or the glass of your car, the sun has damaging effects on your skin. These effects not only include premature aging such as brown spots, red spots and wrinkles; they also greatly increase your risk of skin cancer. So it’s hard for us to understand why there are still people who choose to go SPF-free during the day.

One of our best suggestions is integrating SPF into an everyday moisturizer. Most people use a moisturizing product in the morning either for anti-aging purposes or to just make their skin feel more comfortable. So what if you could continue using a moisturizer that feels light-weight, non-greasy and won’t cause you to break out, but also happens to contain SPF 30? It’s the best of both worlds! We recommend Vivier Sunscreen 30SPF. We actually have it in big pumps in all of our treatment rooms because we can confidently apply it to any skin type.

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