Five Illuminating Skin Truths From MVO Founder Marie Veronique Nadeau
By Koun Bae
July 16, 2013
When we started talking to chemist-turned-MVO founder Marie Veronique Nadeau, we were shocked at how many things she told us that we hadn’t known about skincare. And as a beauty junkie from even before she started MVO as well as a skincare research fanatic, Marie’s accumulated some knowledge that even the biggest beauty devotees might not know. From SPF to Vitamin D-3, Marie imparts with us some truths about skincare that might just make you rethink your routine.
1. Worried about vitamin D-3? Get it through your back!
“A lot of people say they want vitamin D-3, and they want it from the sun, and my advice is, if you want to get vitamin D-3 from the sun, you can stay in the sun for 15 minutes and expose your back two or three times a week, and that’s going to give you enough vitamin D. In the meantime, you can keep your face and neck protected. Vitamin D-3 is good for skin. The skin needs it to function properly, but you can also supplement, and you probably should after a certain age.”
2. Destigmatize oil
“If people are prone to breakouts, the best thing you can do is put oil on your skin! We’ve been brainwashed to stay away from oil on your face, but you need oil, just like your body needs fat. You need the Omega-3s and the Omega-6s, just like in your body. That’s the way nature works. If you give it what it needs, it can do a wonderful job of keeping you healthy.”
3. Cleansing your face twice a day? Unnecessary!
“Your body is working all night long working to prepare your skin for the next day, so I’m not a big believer in cleansers at the beginning of the day. A study was done that showed, if you wash your skin with soap in the morning, you’re about 50% less protected in the sun. Your skin has produced oils to keep your skin lubricated and also give it that barrier of protection, so you don’t want to wash it all off. Tepid water in the morning is fine, but at night yes, you definitely want to use some kind of cleanser to get rid of the dirt.”
4. Use sunscreen every day, all year–but make sure it’s the right kind!
“UVA rays are the aging rays, and for that, you need protection even when it’s cloudy, even when it’s raining. Zinc oxide gives you the best protection against the longer wave lengths, the UVA rays. It is anti-inflammatory; it reflects the sun’s rays rather than absorbing them like chemical sunscreens which generate free radicals. So it’s stable, safe, and an anti-aging product. You actually have to reapply less often than chemical sunscreen since it’s reflecting rays rather than absorbing and breaking them down.”
5. Just because you’re using high SPF, doesn’t mean you’re being protected.
“High SPF can end up doing more harm than good. It’s the UVA rays that are going to do a lot more damage in the long run, and SPF is related UVB, the burning rays. So you can stay out in the sun longer than you should without burning, but you’re incurring a lot of sun damage. Here’s your body acting like an alarm system, but you’re turning off the alarm, so where before you would turn pink, now you don’t, so it works against you in the long run.”