Fake Beauty News
Where did you learn most of your makeup and skincare knowledge? Was it from your mom, grandmother? Or maybe on YouTube? Well no matter where you get your information from, there are some beauty myths that seem to have gone down in history, but are less than accurate. As we like to call them, they are “Fake Beauty News.” But unfortunately, some of us still live by these long followed beauty claims. So today, we are going to debunk the beauty myths that can actually do you more harm than good.
Makeup Causes Acne - FALSE
Yes, the wrong makeup can cause breakouts. Poor quality ingredients and products you happen to be allergic or sensitive to can all cause issues. But if you use the right products for your skin, makeup should not cause pimples. But not washing off your makeup before bed, that is what can and does cause acne. So as long as you wash your face nightly, you can feel confident wearing full on glam daily without fear of extra spots. And next time someone tries to tell you that your makeup is causing zits, you can relax knowing it is not your perfect coverage and sharp contour that are clogging your pores, but rather keeping your makeup longer than normal. As with humans and sleep, your skin must rest. Removing your makeup allows it to breathe.
You Can Mend Split Ends With Products - FALSE
When it comes to those dreaded split ends that we all seem to get, there are balms, masks, and even oils that can seal split ends temporarily, but the only way to actually treat them is a trim. Now there are ways to prevent split ends like using heat protectant, being gentle when brushing your hair, and simply caring for it properly. But once those ends split, there is no magical way to heal them. As we said, products can reduce their appearance and make them feel softer for the time being, but only a trim will truly get rid of them, and avoid the ends to split further.
The Sun Clears Acne - FALSE
This may be the most dangerous of all the myths on this list. I cannot tell you how many times someone has told me that the sun cleared up their skin. It makes me cringe and worry every time. Yes, when you lay out on the beach the sun seems to dry out your oils, and therefore lessen your breakouts. But what seems, is not what actually happens. When you tan, your skin is darkening which makes breakouts and spots look less noticeable. But in reality the harmful UV rays are causing severe scarring, unseen age spots, and dehydration. This damage may look like the smooth and bronze skin of a goddess for now, but all of that sun will actually damage your skin irreparably. From wrinkles to sunspots, leathery skin, and of course skin cancer, avoiding the sun is always the best option, acne or not. Oh and if you think you get freckles in the summer, think again. Those freckles that only show up when you have been in the sun are not freckles, rather they are sunspots that are showing that your skin is damaged by the effects of the sun. So stick with an SPF and break up from the sun.
Oily Skin Should Only Use Oil-free Products - FALSE
I would love to think you already know this one, but in case you do not, oily skin and oil-free products are not always perfect partners. In fact certain oils, especially, cleansing oils and moisturizers with oil can help balance and nourish oily skin. When you use oils on oily skin, it absorbs into the skin better, and actually prevents it from over producing oils and causing breakouts. Constantly using oil-free products can strip the skin of its natural oils, and make it produce more oil. It is sort of like how washing your hair everyday can make your roots more greasy. If you have crazy oily skin, opt for beauty products with oils at night, and oil control ones during the day.
Skincare Will Show Results In 2 Weeks - FALSE
Although it is possible to see skincare results taking effect soon after trying something new, in most cases, it takes a full 6-8 weeks to truly see any benefits. In fact, when you treat acne, there can often be a purge period where your skin gets worse before it gets better. This can make you think that a product is causing you to breakout, when actually it is working how it should be. When it comes to skincare, the golden rule is patience. In such an immediate and technical world, we expect everything right now, but with skincare we have to take our time. The same goes for treating wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and other issues. You have to give your beauty products a chance before giving up on them.
Exfoliating Will Clear Acne - FALSE
Although exfoliating with a scrub gets down into the pores and buffs off the top layer of dry skin, it can be super irritating to acne prone or sensitive skin. Not to mention harsh scrubbing can also strip the skin, causing more oils that lead to breakouts. When it comes to exfoliation about three times a week is a good place to stay. So unless your dermatologist recommends a chemical exfoliant that can be a bit more gentle or you use a Clarisonic, take it easy with the scrubbing. In many cases, exfoliating or any scrubbing at all on acne prone skin can cause more problems and irritation than it helps.
The More Products The Better - FALSE
When you do not see the results you want from skincare, it can be tempting to pile on everything hoping to see a change. But when you get out of hand with beauty products, nothing works. Loading on multiple treatments or serums can cause products to counteract each other, not to mention irritate your skin. Keep it simple, and use what works. Too many products of any type can throw your skin out of whack. So if you are trying a bunch of stuff at once, pull back the reins and stick with cleansing, toning, treating, and moisturizing. And be sure to let each product absorb into the skin before applying the next one. If there are three serums you love, split them up, and use them when your skin needs their help, not all at once. And if you have acne, you do not need all the treatments. Stick with one or two acne fighting products with similar ingredients, and let them do their job.
Natural Is Always Better - FALSE
There is such a surge in the beauty world right now to reach for natural products. We have even shared multiple posts about it. And nine times out of ten, it is the best bet. Natural products tend to have fewer ingredients, less chemicals, and are more gentle. But many people have allergies to commonly used ingredients like tree nuts, beeswax, or soy. And an allergy can cause a severe reaction, worse than anything your average products may cause. So even if a product claims to be all natural that does not necessarily mean it is perfect for you and your skin. Before using any new skincare products, always look at the ingredients list, and do a patch test to ensure you are free from any reactions.
Did you know these beauty myths were false? Which ones shocked you? Are there any other ones you know of? If so, feel free to share them in the comments below so everyone else can learn a bit more about true beauty facts. Hopefully now you will steer clear of fake beauty news and do what is best for your skin.
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