One of the best things about the internet is that with the click of a mouse you can find information on pretty much anything. The problem is that mixed in with all of that legitimate and helpful information, is a ton of misinformation. Which is probably why you’re terrified of chemical peels and generic brand facial cleansers.
Today we’re going to talk about a few common beauty myths that harm your skin, intentionally or unintentionally.
This is one I’ve seen quite a bit and it’s pretty ridiculous when you think about it. We all have scars and some of the ones from ten or twenty years ago have faded to the point they’re hardly visible. The same is true of those little brown spots that come (for some) with age. What’s more, those little spots can grow bigger if left untreated which means you should start dealing with them NOW.
There are several well known treatments to help diminish the visibility of those spots. They range from the non-invasive in the form of creams available to fade spots, all the way to chemical peels and laser treatments that work quicker but are more invasive.
This seems, on its face, completely contradictory right? I used to believe this myth because I remember as a teenage girl going through tubes and tubes of Dr. Pepper LipSmackers because my lips always felt dry.
Then I started buying my lip balm outside the beauty department of my local drugstore. The truth is that the ingredients inside your favorite lip moisturizer are what makes your lips dry. Take a look on the label and you’ll see menthol, alcohol and camphor, three ingredients that have been known to cause dryness and irritation.
Instead look for ingredients with lanolin or coconut oil along with the various butters (cocoa, mango or shea). The ingredients give your lips that smooth slick feel that self-proclaimed lip balm addicts love so much without leaving lips feeling dry.
Another reason your lips feel dry? You lick them too much.
This is a pretty funny beauty lie because we’re all pretty split on this one. Some will see hands done wrinkle creams 100% work and are life-changing, while others will say all wrinkles creams are complete crap. So what’s the truth?
The truth of his lie is somewhere in the middle. Grandma’s cold cream won’t do much for wrinkles (though doesn’t that feel AMAZING on your skin??) but there’s this thing called science and it is always evolving.
The key to knowing when you’re throwing away good money on bad products lies in the fine print on the back of the box. The first key is natural. I know, they cost more and they don’t always smell as delicious as the well known brands. What you want to see on the backs of these boxes are antioxidants—all good wrinkle creams should have them (lots!)—think of green and white teas, pomegranate and vitamin C. And if you want to take it a step further, go for the king of wrinkle cream ingredients, retinol.
Finally, there are the alpha hydroxyl acids, or AHAs. They fade blotches and smooth away wrinkles. Read the back of your packaging before you buy or you’re better off with the vat of cold cream Grandma gave you when you turned thirteen.
I’ll give you a minute to stop laughing. Ready?
Okay. I know this seems like a no-brainer but you might be surprised how many people still buy harsh cleansers because they want to make sure their skin is “clean”. This is a throwback beauty lie that persists because…well because we learn most of our beauty tricks from mom and grandma. But let’s chalk this myth up to the days when we were told cigarettes are good for you.
Listen carefully; if your skin feels tight or heaven forbid, actually squeaks after you wash it, you are doing something totally wrong. Make sure to buy a facial cleanser that match your skin type. If you’re super sensitive and your skin feel tight or dry, avoid perfumes and dyes in your products.
Oh and make sure you have a decent moisturizer to apply after each wash.
Admit it! You’ve done it and so have we! Rub a dot of toothpaste on a nasty zit and it will vanish, presto-change-o. Right?
This is one of those beauty lies that is true for some and not for others. Why? For one thing toothpaste contains different types of mints that can dry out skin (that’s why it works, it takes away all the oil in the pimple). But if you’re prone to dry skin this only exacerbates the problem.
The other problem with the toothpaste method of zit removal is that if you’ve been playing around with that pimple for a few hours (or days) before applying the toothpaste you run the risk of infection and inflammation which, let’s face it will only make that zit look more gnarly.
Keep your face clean and moist, use a toner, a good moisturizer, and leave the toothpaste for your teeth.
Hopefully these beauty lies will help the next time you find yourself just picking up the same old skin care products you always buy.
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