Nine myths we’re led to believe by cosmetics companies
Advertising and bright packaging are often the factors which determine how we choose new cosmetics and beauty products. However, makeup artist, cosmetic expert, and author Paula Begoun thinks that you shouldn't believe many of the companies who make these products - they often make claims that are simply untrue.
To prove this to you, we at Bright Side put together a list of the most widespread myths about beauty products. It's worth remembering every single one of them.
Myth #1: The more famous the brand, the better the effects
The effectiveness of a beauty product is determined entirely by its chemical composition. Neither the brand, the shop that sells it, nor its price have any effect whatsoever on its usefulness.
Myth #2: There is such a thing as an effective anti-aging product
Whether you're young or old, it's important to work out what kind of skin you have and use the appropriate products to care for it. Unfortunately, skin cream that prevents aging does not exist. When an anti-aging cream is marketed, what the company is really selling you is something that keeps your skin flexible, prevents pigmentation, and makes wrinkles less obvious.
Eye cream in no way differs from face cream. It's the exact same product, just in a smaller jar - and for a much higher price. The only thing to remember is that the warning on the packaging to avoid contact with the eyes is true.
Myth #3: Cream can help you get rid of cellulite
If this were true, models wouldn't still be using Photoshop. At present, there is absolutely no scientific data or cosmetic product that can help you get rid of cellulite. Your diet and exercise regime may influence the amount of fatty cellulose that accumulates under the skin, but no cosmetic product is going to effectively get rid of it.
Myth #4: Getting a suntan is safe
This applies to getting a tan either on the beach or by using a sun bed. It's never healthy for your skin. If you want to give it an attractive shade, just use a spray tan.
Myth #5: Organic products are better than normal ones
Organic products are just a marketing method. The presence of natural products in cosmetics has no effect on whether it works or not. So-called "organic cosmetics" might be entirely safe since they don't contain as many chemicals, but this doesn't automatically mean they're some kind of superproduct. Moreover, the people who make them won't ever tell you that such products, in fact, use other chemicals to help preserve the organic components.
Myth #6: Creams can help remove tiny wrinkles
There are no cosmetic products capable of entirely getting rid of stretch marks, wrinkles, or dark circles under your eyes. None of them compare to more serious treatments such as botox and others that require injections. Science simply hasn't got that far yet, and it will be a long time until we can look to cosmetics in particular to help with sagging skin or unwelcome folds.
Myth #7: Suncream should only be used on the beach
It turns out that using suncream is one of the best ways to help prevent the appearance of wrinkles, discoloration, and the loss of suppleness and collagen. Don't dismiss out of hand the idea of using it even in autumn and winter. It might be moisturizing cream with SPF, foundation with SPF, or another kind, but it should in all cases be one that contains zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, or avobenzone.
Myth #8: Shampoo can stop hair falling out
Despite what the company might write on the bottle in order to tempt you to buy it, shampoo has no effect on the condition of your hair. Its only function is to clean it. Neither the brand nor the price is important. The shampoo itself will only be applied to your hair for a short period of time, so whatever exotic products it allegedly contains are not going to be absorbed into your body. The secret to caring for your hair lies instead in using conditioners and special hair masks.
Myth #9: You can dye your hair without harming it
Modern hair dye removes the natural pigment of your hair and replaces it with a different color. This new pigment can linger in your hair for as long as three months, whilst the weaker dyes stay for around a week. So which ones don't harm your hair? Ones that don't destroy your hair's natural pigment...but these are the ones that have no effect on its color. So the answer is simple: all hair dyes have the same damaging effect, and only natural henna has a chance of not doing any harm.