Specialists Name the Most Common Beauty Mistakes We Don’t Stop Making

Many people spend a lot of money on pore tightening serums, avoid using skin care products that contain alcohol, and are sure to give their nails a break in between gel polish applications. But should they really be doing this?

Bright Side decided to find out more about some popular misconceptions and explain why the most widespread ones are not true.

13. Avoiding foundation

In fact, foundation doesn't cause skin aging. Studies show that women who use this type of makeup have younger-looking skin. The thing is, foundations and powders protect the skin from city smog, dust, and wind. Besides, the ingredients of the foundation prevent the skin from aging thanks to the antioxidants, vitamins E and C, and the useful oils. Of course, you shouldn't use too much — you should let your skin rest from time to time and it's also incredibly important to wash your makeup off before going to sleep.

12. Avoiding night cream

As you get ready to rest during the night, so does your skin! Nighttime is when the recovery process happens so after you wash your face, don't skip the night cream! It won't clog your pores and it'll still allow your skin to breathe.

11. Thinking that alcohol-containing cosmetics dry your skin

Of course, alcohol dries the skin. But in most cases, the package says "Alcohol." It's hard to imagine the production of cosmetics without this ingredient. It is often used as solvent, moisturizer, antioxidant, and emulsifier. Most of the time, you'll notice ingredients such as stearyl alcohol (it smooths and moisturizes), propylene glycol (moisturizes), cetyl alcohol (a thickener), SD-40 alcohol (dissolves oil), and tocopherol (antioxidant). So, there is nothing dangerous about these types of alcohol.

10. Believing that cellulite depends on how much water you drink

The recommendation to drink more or less water to get rid of cellulite won't give you any results. Because neither the shortage nor the excess of moisture can be the reason you see cellulite on your body. Our fat cells are 10% water. So, generally, neither the limit in water, nor its excess consumption can cause any noticeable changes. However, a healthy lifestyle can give really good results.

9. Believing that getting manicures frequently is bad for your nails

Nail polish can actually make your nails stronger if you follow some simple rules. First, you need to put a special base layer on the nails. It contains vitamins. The nail polish comes next. It protects your nails from everyday microdamage.

There is no way that the nails can have a lack of oxygen because it's keratin that receives all the necessary nutrients from the bloodstream.

8. Washing hair in cold water to make shiny

Cold water won't make your hair shinier. Cold leads to a temporary narrowing of vessels which means that the flow of nutrients to the hair stops.

What really does the trick is a good hair conditioner. All you need to do is wash the shampoo off your hair and put on the conditioner and leave it on for a few minutes.

7. Believing that using the same cosmetics for a long time is bad

Some people believe that cosmetics should be changed right after the bottle ends. The reality is that there is no cream, shampoo, or deodorant that can cause an addiction – otherwise, they would be treated like drugs. The condition of the skin, hair, and nails depends on many different factors, such as age, food, and hormonal balance. If the skin care product is not as effective as it used to be, maybe it's because your skin needs a different kind of care. So, you need new cosmetics.

6. Thinking that UV light doesn't hurt your hair

UV light can damage your hair, but it definitely decreases the strength of keratin. After a long exposure to UV light, hair becomes dry and brittle. In order to protect it from damage, you can use sprays, styling products, and water-resistant hair conditioners with UV filters. It's important to remember that usual shampoos and conditioners with UV filters won't give the same effect because they are simply washed off with water.

5. Trying to tighten pores using special serums

This may be disappointing news for some, but unfortunately, there are no products that can tighten pores. The size of skin pores is determined by a person's genes. Using cosmetics only leads to a short-term visual effect — pores become less noticeable because they are covered with keratin, sweat, and bacteria. And in order to really make pores less noticeable, it's necessary to use a good concealer or foundation.

4. Believing that all natural cosmetics are hypoallergenic

In most cases, only one of the ingredients causes an allergic reaction. And it doesn't matter if the product is natural or synthetic. So, before you buy a new product, try to get a sample of it and put it on your arm to see if you are allergic to it. This way, you can reduce the risk of buying useless and harmful products.

3. Using cosmetics only from the same product line

Companies produce cosmetic lines as one thing that must solve a number of problems. But sometimes it happens that not all the products from the series work well for us. For example, creams moisturize the skin really well, but the tonic dries it. In this case, there is nothing bad about buying a necessary product from a different company. It's important to choose the products so that they are right for your type of skin.

2. Not using wrinkle-smoothing cream as early as possible

Young skin needs universal care: moisturizing, protection from UV light, and other harmful factors. If you start using a wrinkle-smoothing cream too early, there is a risk of skin irritation or an allergic reaction. Besides, the skin might stop the production of collagen hoping for the outside help. So, you need a wrinkle-smoothing product only when you notice the first signs of aging.

1. Wearing a tight ponytail

Tight ponytails are very comfortable, especially in windy weather. However, there are quite a few problems that such ponytails can lead to. Aside from headaches and even migraines, a tight ponytail can cause hair loss. The constant pulling of hair causes it to loosen from its follicular roots which may result in losing the ability to grow new hair. So, when it's possible, don't wear a tight ponytail.

Which of these mistakes do you make? Tell us in the comments section below!

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