Skincare Myths

Although Google is a good tool and has a good source of information, you must still double check. You will not believe some of the myths on the internet regarding skincare!  Some of them make me want to cringe. This is one of the reasons why I enjoy blogging to educate my readers as much possible and to be as accurate as possible. It is still up to you to do your diligence with each subject.

  • 60% of everything you put on your skin ends up in your bloodstream.

The reality is that between 0% and 100% of what you apply to your skin can end up in your bloodstream. In other words, all of it, some of it or none of it will end up in your bloodstream. You cannot put a definitive figure on this. Penetration of a cosmetic product into your skin depends on the ingredient, the delivery mechanism, the overall health of your skin and your environment (e.g., the temperature, humidity).

  • It takes 26 seconds for cosmetic ingredients to reach your bloodstream.

Following on from the last myth, it is impossible to put a time on how long it may or may not take for an ingredient to reach your bloodstream. Some ingredients will penetrate rapidly (if they get there at all), others will pool in your skin and be released over a matter of days. It will also depend on the size of the ingredient’s molecules and where you apply a cosmetic to your body, as some parts of your body have thinner skin than others. Drug companies create patches which can be applied to the skin. They then slowly release a pharmaceutical product into the bloodstream over a period of time. Even those products do not work within 26 seconds.

  • It is okay to sleep in makeup.

Not true! Although has minerals and vitamins, it still clogs pores. If you keep your makeup on 24/7 you are preventing your skin from self-exfoliating, healing, and releasing natural oils.   And if you are not cleansing your skin, it’s at risk of accumulating harmful bacteria as well. The results can be anything and everything from increased breakouts through to a dull sallow complexion and earlier signs of aging and you do not want that.  It does not take much to remove makeup. If you fall asleep, once you wake up, take your makeup off. It does not have to be hard. (Use Essence of Nature Micellar Water.)

  • Retinol is only useful for aging skin.

It is not only for aging skin. Retinol has other great benefits for all skin types with many concerns.  It aids with cell regeneration, which helps with clogged pores.  It also benefits those who have breakouts, congestion, and red post-breakout marks. 

  • You do not need moisturizer if you have oily skin.

This is far from the truth, although I can see why one would think that. They figure if your skin is oily, why waste moisturizer. Oily skin needs love too. Oily skin needs to be hydrated like all other skin types. Moisturizer is also a way to get excess oil under control.

  • Vitamin E makes scars fade.

There is little to no evidence to support this claim. There are options for improving the appearance of scars but, vitamin e is not one of them. Talk with a dermatologist and ask for suggestions.

  • There is no such thing as over exfoliating.

Exfoliation has it benefits.  It helps remove dead skin cells and gives you a fresh look.  However, over exfoliating can cause irritation, breakouts, stinging feeling, and skin hypersensitivity.   Seek advice from a dermatologist.

  • Steam helps open or close the pores.

This is an “old wives’ tale” that has no truth whatsoever. Technically, your pores do not open or close; they are always open.  Not to say steam is not good for skin; steam has it benefits, such as increasing moisture levels in the air to help prevent dry, cracked lips, etc.  The so-called opening of your pores is not one of them. Sorry!

  • You do not need eye cream.

Even if you do not show sign of visible bags or dark circles, eye cream is important to add to your skin regimen.

  • There is no such thing as over washing your face.

Not true. Over washing can strip your natural oils and can lead to dryness, irritation, and sensitivity. Twice a day, morning, and night, is advised.  Follow the 60 second rule, when washing your face.  You want to give your product a chance to work; the 60 second rule will help. This means washing your face and neck gently for 60 seconds. Most people wash their face for 20 seconds.  They go over there face once; not taking time with their skin. Take time and love the skin you’re in.

  • Age spots are signs of getting older.

Not true. Age spots, also known as liver spots, come from sun exposure over the years. Therefore, it’s important to wear sunscreen.

  • All preservatives are dangerous.

Not true. Some preservatives are questionable. But ALL are not bad. There are lots of preservatives made from fruits and vegetables.

Remember preservatives serve a purpose- they help stop bacteria, fungus, and yeast from growing in products.

  • Natural skincare is chemical free. 

Not true. Air, water, our plates we eat from are all made of chemicals. What people really mean when saying “chemical free” is that it does not contain synthetic ingredients or is paraben free.  Did you know we eat parabens and synthetics?  Parabens are derived from para-hydroxybenzoic acid (PHBA) that occurs naturally in many fruits and vegetables, such as cucumbers, cherries, carrots, blueberries, and onions. Are all synthetics bad? According to (yeouth.com) Synthetic ingredients can be good and bad. What matters is that the product that you are using is effective and has little to no negative impact on how your skin looks and feels. Below is a list of synthetic foods we eat and drink:

  • Diet sodas and other beverages.
  • Sugar free foods (such as jello, ice cream, cookies, etc.)
  • Sugar-free gum.
  • Yogurt.
  • Premade shakes and protein powders.
  • Energy drinks.
  • Bread products (granola bars, cereal)
  • Condiments, sauces and dressings.
  • And the list goes on.

 

Reference:
https://www.beautybay.com
https://www.health.harvard.edu/womens-health/dont-fall-for-these-skin-myths
https://www.lorealparisusa.com/beauty-magazine/skin-care/skin-care-essentials/skin-care-myths-debunked.aspx
https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/uk/beauty/skincare/a570937/skin-care-facts/
https://www.chemicalsafetyfacts.org/parabens/
https://yeouth.com/blogs/news/the-truth-behind-synthetic-ingredients
https://formulabotanica.com/blog/
https://www.yeshealth.com/top-10-artificial-ingredients/

 

 

 

 

 

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