Cosmetologists Explain Why Some Common Skincare Rules Are Completely False
There are numerous rules and recommendations when it comes to skincare, but not all of them are true. For example, our mothers and grandmothers kept saying that oily skin should be washed with soap as often as possible, however, modern cosmetologists don’t agree with that at all. Or the fact that the media makes up scary stories about the deadly harm that parabens cause when in fact, they’re actually not all that scary.
Bright Side has decided to refute several of the most famous skincare myths once and for all!
Myth #1: It’s not necessary to use sunscreen when it’s cloudy outside.
Solar radiation is one of the main reasons for aging skin. And even if the weather outside is cloudy and we don’t see sunrays, some amount of radiation still gets to our skin; even through glass and windows. That’s why it’s important to apply sunscreen both in sunny and cloudy weather. Choose a sunscreen with a skin protection factor no less than 30 and apply no less than 0.5 teaspoons to the face and neck. Remember to reapply your sunscreen every 2 hours if you’re outside.
Myth #2: Oil clogs pores.
One should always be very careful when using oils as well as other natural components on the face, especially if we’re talking about oils in their purest form. Yes, they really can clog pores and cause an allergic reaction, but only if they’re selected incorrectly. Pay attention to factors like comedogenic ratings: some oils better match oily skin, while others can be perfect for drier skin. The higher the ratings, the higher the chances are that this oil will clog your pores.
For example, coconut oil has a high comedogenic rating, which means that you should be careful when applying it to the face. However, it would be the perfect remedy for dry heels and elbows. Generally speaking, oils and their effects depend on the individual — some people remove makeup with the help of coconut oil and feel extremely happy, while others choose to use no oil at all.
At the same time, oils are very valuable components as they nourish, soften and restore the skin when it comes to hair and body skincare. Oils are good both in creams, serums and in the form of face cleansers. To sum up, you shouldn’t be afraid of using oils, but you should be careful when opting for the right one that best suits your skin type.
Myth #3: Oily skin should be dried, not moisturized.
This is probably one of the most harmful myths about skincare. All skin types need moisturizing and oily skin is no exception. When we try to dry our skin with the help of alcohol, soap, and other aggressive methods, we worsen the situation. Skin fat protects against bacteria and water evaporation, it contributes to skin renewal and isn’t bad generally speaking. Conversely, people who have oily skin now are less likely to have wrinkles earlier on in their lives.
When taking care of oily and problematic skin, it’s important to cleanse it with cosmetic tools that don’t contain SLS, to peel it off with the help of acids and to moisturize it with items that don’t have comedogenic components. But you definitely shouldn’t dry out oily skin and fail to moisturize it.
Myth #4: Parabens cause cancer.
Unfortunately, the use of parabens was misinterpreted when several incorrect research results were widespread in the media, thus, creating fear among consumers. Parabens are used as a preservative in the manufacturing of cosmetics. They can irritate the skin but only if added in large amounts or in special cases, which happens quite rarely.
Nowadays, there is no research that has proven the connection between parabens and the development of diseases. These studies people are referring to come from tests where preservatives were tested on animals. Moreover, large amounts of parabens were injected under animals’ skin, and they were not applied to the surface. Unlike other preservatives, parabens have been studied thoroughly and not all of them are allowed in cosmetic manufacturing. And if some product takes out certain parabens, it’s likely that another less studied preservative was added.
Myth #5: You should only use natural cosmetics.
Actually, natural components are less predictable than those that are synthesized in laboratories. A wide-spread trend for using organic cosmetics has shaped up the wrong opinion that natural ingredients are more useful. This is far from the truth but it’s great when it comes to advertising products. Natural components are good and they really do work, however, you should be more careful with them than with other types of cosmetics, especially if you use them in their purest form.
At the same time, the manufacturers of synthesized cosmetics do not want to risk their reputation and produce potentially dangerous items. Of course, your skin can react badly to certain products, but this doesn’t necessarily make them bad for everyone. As we have already said, there are many individual factors when it comes to using cosmetics and you should always take these into account.
Myth #6: Face tonic is a waste of money.
It all depends on your composition: If you wipe your face with vitaminized water, then you shouldn’t be waiting for a significant effect. Today’s market offers many different types of face tonics and lotions containing effective components.
Face tonics with acids are good at exfoliating the skin and smoothing out the complexion, while face tonics with glycerin are good at moisturizing. Additionally, hydrolates have become quite popular recently. Hydrolates are products of hydrodistillation, which depending on the components, can have an anti-inflammatory effect and neutralize the effects of hard water.
Many things in cosmetics depend on individual reactions and individual formulas of a particular cosmetic item. But there is one obvious thing: we shouldn’t be afraid of modern technology and forget about critical thinking.
Which of these skincare rules have you been following? Are you going to change your habits? Please tell us about it in the comments!
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