The beauty industry is one that is full of myths from people that think they know it all. Forget what you hear going around at the make up counter at Sephora and let’s talk about 5 Major Beauty Myths and get them DEBUNKED!
5 Major Beauty Myths: Debunked
Myth: Certain Products Can Cure Oily Skin
Unfortunately, there is no topical cure for oily skin, since the oil production is caused by hormones. However, you can choose certain products that will help maintain the oil that is produced. Products with vitamin A or tretinoin can prevent the oil from building up and clogging in your pores.
Also, try using cosmetics that help to mattify the skin and absorb any excess oil throughout the day. Keeping blotting sheets on hand and adding a clay mask to your skincare regimen will also help to minimize a greasy appearance. Whichever remedy you choose, be sure your products are helping to maintain the oil and not actually drying your skin out. Depleting your skin of enough moisture will only cause more oil to be produced in order to compensate for the imbalance.
Myth: Drinking Water Helps to Moisturize Your Skin
There are plenty of reasons to stay hydrated throughout the day; however, drinking enough water isn’t necessarily going to keep your skin looking and feeling moisturized. Dry skin is usually caused by damage to the outer layers of the skin and in order to to maintain healthy skin, the outer layer needs to be repaired so that it can more adequately absorb and hold onto moisture. So, don’t quit drinking your 8 glasses of water per day – it’s so good for you! – but make sure you’re also avoiding counterproductive habits and products: Quit smoking, avoid harsh topical ingredients, moisturize daily, and make sure to apply SPF and limit your sun exposure.
Myth: Everyone Should Be Using an Eye Cream
Most eye creams contain the same ingredients as other moisturizing products that you apply to your face and neck. Unfortunately, a lot of companies will just repackage these ingredients and charge more for a smaller amount, while claiming that it’s specifically designed for the eye area.
To treat the skin around your eyes, apply the same fragrance-free moisturizer or cream that you apply to your face. After all, both areas are composed of delicate skin that need to be kept moisturized in order to look and feel smooth and healthy. And, if your facial moisturizer isn’t recommended for your eye area, ask yourself why you’re using it to begin with.
Myth: Certain Products Erase Wrinkles
Sorry, ladies. There is no magical cream or serum out there that will erase these pesky lines. Fine lines are caused by dry skin, in which case, a good moisturizer is your best friend. However, actual wrinkles are brought on by age and sun damage. Your best bet is to maintain your skin’s moisture and elasticity by using non-irritating, moisturizing products, using SPF and limiting sun exposure. Exfoliating will also help to improve the look of your skin.
Myth: You Get What You Pay For
When it comes to skincare and cosmetics, this isn’t always the case. An expensive skin cream or foundation isn’t necessarily better for your skin than an inexpensive one. Everyone reacts differently to various ingredients. So, you should be more concerned with your skin type and the formulation of a product, versus the price.
After all, maybe all your face needs is more moisture and less fragrance, which sadly, is sometimes the only real difference between two products.
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