A lot of media are offering tons of skincare advices, but which ones are really true? Media has been feeding men and women about the do’s and don’ts in skincare, but without doing actual research, you might be a victim of misinformation. Fortunately, we have compiled 20 beauty myths and why you shouldn’t base your purchase decisions on them.
20 Beauty Myths
Myth: The results of dermal fillers, like Botox, can be replicated by skincare products.
Skincare products cannot reach the areas that are normally targeted by dermal fillers. Products that allegedly mimic Botox would be a complete waste of money and sometimes, risky.
Myth: Your age plays an important factor in choosing skincare products.
Skincare decisions should be based on your personal skin issues, not your age.
Myth: Hypoallergenic products are great for sensitive skin.
There are no skincare products that are tested and approved to be hypoallergenic, so using them for allergy-prone skin wouldn’t yield better results.
Myth: Aging causes discolorations, like brown spots.
Discolorations and uneven skin tone are due to environmental causes, like too much sun exposure and pollution.
Myth: Acne will disappear when you get older.
Whether you are in your 50s or 20s, the chances of getting acne are the same.
Myth: One of the biggest causes of acne is makeup.
There are no substantial facts that prove that skincare products, or even their ingredients, can cause acne.
Myth: When a company approves a skincare product, it means it works.
It is important to know that some laboratories, even those belonging to respected universities, can set up studies that support the advertisements and labels included by companies on their products.
Myth: Anti-wrinkle products should include elastin and collagen.
Collagen and elastin are water-binding agents, but they cannot be absorbed readily by your skin.
Myth: Eye cream is a crucial product needed by everyone.
There is no validated evidence that the eye area needs different ingredients to be cared for.
Myth: Wrinkles can be eliminated by skincare products.
Wrinkles will appear and no amount of skincare products is proven to eliminate or prevent them. However, one can slow wrinkle development through the use of a well-formulated sunscreen.
Myth: Inexpensive cosmetics are not better than expensive ones.
In all price categories, you are bound to find both good and bad products. The formulation should be the matter, not its price.
Myth: One of the worst ingredients for skincare is mineral oil.
The evidences showing that mineral oil is bad for the skin are not accurate. In fact, some say that this ingredient is great for dry skin in general.
Myth: Natural products are better than synthetic ones.
The line between “natural” and “synthetic:” can be hazy, so there is no legitimacy to this belief.
Myth: Tingly and cool sensations mean that the product used works.
These sensations actually mean that the skin is irritated, which is not really helpful.
Myth: Blackheads are just dirt that can be scrubbed away.
Blackheads are caused by oil, not dirt, so scrubbing them away with normal soap and water won’t do,
Myth: The right skincare products can control oily skin.
This can be possible, but skincare products can only reduce excess oil, not decrease sebum (oil) excretion.
Myth: Dry skin is caused by dehydration.
Dry skin does not mean lack of moisture, which is why drinking water won’t be a great solution.
Myth: Night moisturizers should be labeled “night cream”.
Night moisturizers don’t have SPF and that is the only difference from the moisturizers used during daytime.
Myth: Constant use of skincare products will result in the skin adapting to ingredients until such do not work anymore.
The skin doesn’t adapt to any product applied to it.
Myth: Regardless of the ingredients, you should sue any skincare product you like.
Your skincare regimen should target your personal skin issues. It should contain products that help you, not the things you like.