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We can agree with the fact that we have all found ourselves so many times in a situation where we blindly follow some rules in the field of beauty and skin care, without even knowing why. But not only do we not know the background behind the things we do and use, but we do not even try to explore and find the real truth.
To help you recognize your mistakes in the steps of a beauty routine, below we bring you some of the most common and well-known myths, as well as the reasons why they are not, or still are, correct.
Myths about skin care:
AHA acids make my skin sensitive to the sun which means I am not allowed to use them during the day.
Although they make the skin sensitive to the sun even up to 15 days after use, AHA acids, with a sufficient and adequate amount and regular renewal of the cream with a protective factor, are accepted by the morning skin care routine, and can be used during the day. But that doesn’t mean you can’t include them as a step in your evening facial routine. Adjust the use of AHA acids to your needs as it does not suit you the most, but do not forget the great protection factor after application per day!
The serum is intended only for those over 30 years of age.
This is one of the common misconceptions, to which we give the answer that it is never too early to start with skin care and prepare it for aging with adequate care, and even try to delegate aging. To make your skin healthier and more radiant, you can start using the serum as early as your twenties. Since the skin begins to lose elasticity in these years, in the thirties it is especially recommended to use the serum in skin care because in these years and even if you try to be more physically active and maintain a youthful appearance with proper nutrition, without additional care you will not succeed.
All cosmetics need to be changed or rotated to remain effective.
Although we will agree that we have all succumbed to this myth and stopped using our care products because we got the feeling that it no longer helps us, the opposite is true for many products or ingredients. E.g. vitamin C and retinol (and retinoid) must be used for a longer period of time to give the desired results, where we think of months and years in constant continuity. Yes, they are said to take time for the skin to get used to, but not in the sense of ceasing to be effective, but quite the opposite: prolonged use of the product strengthens the skin and makes it less susceptible to irritation.
My skin has gotten used to the product which means it doesn’t help me anymore.
When you get the impression that your skin has become accustomed to a certain product and that it no longer helps you, we must surprise you and say that it is actually good! Namely, the product still does what it needs for your skin, but you are most likely used to the results. We all know that when we try something new for the first time, the change is obvious and the biggest and that the biggest shifts are seen at the very beginning of the modification. Unfortunately, it is "in our blood" that we easily get used to everything good and start taking it for granted. So it is with using skin care products. After a few months, it seems to you that nothing special is happening, that drastic results are missing from the beginning. What has actually happened is that after regular use of the product, your skin is better, firmer and more hydrated, so there is not much room for improvement.
After using the product I feel a burning sensation, which means it works.
A slight burning sensation and tingling on the skin are normal when applying some products, such as those containing acids or clay masks. But just because they are a normal occurrence does not mean that they are a necessary occurrence and that their absence means that the product is not working. Also, in the case of acid tingling is a normal occurrence at the beginning of the application of the product, but it should disappear when the skin gets used to the acid. But just because you feel tingling or stinging after using the product, it does not mean that it really works in a good direction for your skin. Maybe your skin actually has a slight reaction to something in the product, because when we talk about burning, it is important to know that this is exactly what is meant - burning. Nothing more than that, because anything more than that is not good. If you notice a burning sensation, itching or severe redness, immediately rinse the product from the skin thoroughly, set it aside and study what could have caused such a reaction on your skin.
Some products must be paused.
Some products do require discontinuation. These are, first and foremost, preparations whose ingredients are corticosteroids, or anti-inflammatory drugs for the treatment of skin diseases, but they belong to a group of drugs and should certainly not be used without consulting a doctor. Another group of products are those that contain silicone. Silicone-containing skin products give a smooth effect to both skin (e.g. make-up primer) and hair (serum, styling cream, balms). The problem with silicone-containing products is that they precipitate, that is, they do not stop working but simply do not come off.
Nasal patches solve the problem of blackheads.
Nose patches that “solve the problem” will only pull out the dirt that collects on your face on a daily basis, but the blackheads stay in place. The only real way to treat and resolve blackheads is mechanical extraction and chemical and mechanical peels.
The more care products, the better.
Do you even know a person who has only one cream or one tonic in their bathroom? Although most of us have several types of different products that cram in skin care steps, skin care experts say that for a person with healthy skin, a three-step routine consisting of facial cleansing milk, tonics and moisturizers is perfectly sufficient. If you feel the need for it, you can put on a nourishing mask once a week, and that’s quite enough. So, just as in summer our dressing is not in 5 layers, so also on the skin, if not necessary, we do not have to put excess layers. Simplicity is always the best choice. You do not need a lot of skin products, and choose the ones that suit you best and take care of the purpose of the product and texture: serums and creams do not have the same aim, and no single ingredient will suit just about every skin.
The protective factor is only needed in the summer when I am in the sun.
Although under the influence of increasingly strong medical warnings we have begun to take applying SPF cream much more seriously, most people still believe that a sunscreen should only be applied before direct exposure to sunlight, such as going to the beach or spending all day outdoors. If we want to protect our skin from UV rays and prevent blemishes, premature wrinkles, but also skin cancer, SPF should be applied even when the weather is cloudy and rainy because UV rays penetrate through clouds. Also, it is desirable to protect the skin in winter, because snow reflects almost 80% of harmful rays, which can damage our skin as much as the summer sun.
For healthy skin, it is enough to drink as much water as possible.
Do not think that drinking three liters of water a day will hydrate and rejuvenate the skin from the inside, or that drinking huge amounts of water will "cure" a problematic complexion streaked with acne and blackheads. We are not saying that drinking fluids is useless, on the contrary, water affects the general well-being of the body, improves digestion and kidney function... but it is not a substitute for moisturizers and other preparations that help your skin.
Myths about skin types:
Dry and dehydrated skin are the same thing.
One of the most common misconceptions is precisely the identification of dry and dehydrated skin. So how do you distinguish dry from dehydrated skin? Basically, dryness refers to the type of skin, and dehydration refers to the condition of the skin. This means that dry skin is often long-term and genetically determined, i.e. hereditary, while dehydration refers to the current condition and can affect any skin type. Dry skin lacks fat because it produces less sebum than normal skin. This lack of sebum means that the skin does not have enough lipids that it needs to retain moisture and build a strong and impermeable hydrolipid barrier that protects it from harmful external factors. On the other hand, dehydrated skin is a condition because the skin, like the whole body, is constantly changing depending on age, lifestyle and environment, and unlike dry skin, dehydrated skin lacks moisture rather than fat.
A lot of dirt removal products will suppress excess sebum.
The most common mistake made by people with oily skin is to use too many products to remove impurities. Excessive facial cleansing can cause even more sebum secretion. Namely, with such products, the skin becomes dehydrated and therefore begins to produce more fat. Additional excess sebum clogs pores and results in acne, and aggressive cleansers also disrupt the natural protective barrier and make it difficult to maintain a healthy skin balance.
Oily skin cannot be dehydrated.
Just like dry and combination skin, oily skin can be dehydrated. Skin dehydration involves a lack of water, which has nothing to do with whether the skin is oily, because oily skin means excess sebum, not excess water.
Moisturizers are not for oily skin.
Another misconception closely related to the previous claim. Skin hydration is important for every skin type, so oily skin also needs moisturizing products. Proper care that includes regular skin hydration prevents premature aging and keeps the skin healthy. People with oily skin should choose a water-based and oil-free moisturizing product. Regular delivery of water to the skin cells will also reduce the increased production of sebum, enable the restoration of the protective barrier and help oily skin to more easily regulate its own balance.
Because of oily skin, I have to avoid creams with a protective factor.
People with oily skin often avoid creams with a protective factor, thinking that such products are too heavy and leave the skin even more oily. But various sunscreen creams are available on the market with new formulas that are adapted to every skin type. Regardless of the skin type, everyone should apply a sunscreen every day. As with moisturizers, you should choose a cream with a protective factor that is light in texture and without a lot of oil, with a mattifying effect.
Acne is a sign of poor hygiene.
Just because someone has acne, doesn’t mean they don’t take care of personal hygiene. Of course, proper facial cleansing is the first step to keeping things under control, but in addition to hygiene, there are many factors that have a much greater impact on the development of acne. One of them is genetics, i.e. the predisposition to acne can be genetically inherited, so some people will have acne despite the best care and perfect health. Hormones and various diseases and conditions also have a big impact. So gynecological problems, hormonal imbalances, some autoimmune diseases and medical conditions can cause various types of acne, and even with the best facial hygiene, these acne will not go away because the problem that causes them needs to be treated from within. Although this is not the case for everyone, in some people acne can be caused by intolerance to certain foods or their ingredients, such as additives. There has been a lot of talk lately about dairy products as causes of acne, but there are also various artificial colors, gluten and hormonal supplements given to poultry on the wallpaper. Last but not the least factor in the development of acne is that people who have oily skin type are more prone to acne. Skin type is long-lasting and difficult to change and has nothing to do with personal hygiene. So, it is important to discover the cause of your acne and act on it adequately in order to remove it as effectively as possible, and by washing your face excessively in order to keep it clean, you can only dry out the skin and even intensify the inflammation.
Toothpaste helps with acne.
While that would be really convenient and practical, there isn’t too much truth in it. According to experts, this myth probably arose because some toothpastes have antibacterial properties. Yes, applying the paste on the inflamed area of the face may reduce the redness and dry out the part you want to soften, but you will not achieve absolutely any long-term effect. On the contrary, those who have sensitive skin, by applying toothpaste, risk additional irritations, but also new inflamed areas of the face. Ultimately, depending on your skin type, using the paste can lead to overproduction of sebum, which will cause you to get new pimples, or a feeling of tightness.
Other beauty myths:
The powder is tested on the hands.
We all went through the trouble of choosing a liquid powder shade. But despite doing so for many years, the powder should not be tested on the hand. It is also recommended to be tested on the chin, but if you are bothered by the appearance when leaving the store, since you have several shades of powder on your chin, there is one trick! Test the shades of the powder on the neck, as the skin tone on the neck is one shade lighter than the skin on the face, so the difference of the tried shades will be easy to see and notice and you will find the right powder for your face.
After the haircut, the hair grows faster.
Your hair is dead and there are no nerve endings or blood vessels, which is why your haircut does not hurt, or you do not feel the cut. That’s why hair can’t respond to what’s happening to it, so when you cut it at the ends, there’s no way the root of the hair knows you’ve cut it. Hair always grows at the same rate, the only thing is that it will grow healthier and, if you cut it regularly, it will not tangle or crack, so it will look lush, and maybe even longer.
Gray hair must not be plucked because 3 new ones will grow by plucking.
We can tell you with absolute certainty that this is a myth. Only one hair grows from each follicle and it is impossible to increase that number. Otherwise, if possible, baldness would be eradicated. This well-known classic myth of gray hair probably arose because, when you pull out one gray hair, you soon begin to perceive the others as well.
Coffee can get rid of cellulite (or at least reduce it).
Caffeine and antioxidants from coffee can help us to some extent, if not in solving cellulite, then at least to reduce it. Caffeine will dilate blood vessels, which is why our skin will at least temporarily tighten and thus successfully conceal cellulite. But the unwanted orange peel that we don’t like so much still doesn’t accept it as a permanent solution.
Shaving makes my hair firmer.
In fact, it is not true. In a very short and clear way we can say that it is not really about the hairs that grow after shaving becoming firmer, but somehow shorter and prickly, which may make us feel that they have hardened. Also, when shaving, we cut the hair at the thickest part, at the root, which means that when they grow, they look thicker, even though they are not. For comparison, we wax them by plucking them, so when they grow, a thinner tip comes out first, which is why it seems to us that we have thinned our hair.
“Beauty sleep” is just something they say in movies.
As much as it has been talked about in the context of just one of the beauty myths told to princesses in movies, the fact is that “beauty sleep” is essential to maintaining your beautiful and healthy appearance. Namely, the night is a key part of the day for the whole organism, because then new cells are produced and dead cells are removed. This process is due to a neurohormone that is activated at sunset and signals to the body that it is time to sleep - melatonin. It is the lack of this hormone in the body that causes the gray complexion and dark circles that appear after a sleepless night.
White streaks on my nails indicate that I am lacking calcium.
Nails form in the skin at the tip of the finger, and when that skin is traumatized, struck, or bitten, it does not grow properly. A little air can even enter under it, which is seen on the nails as white streaks. Calcium is essential for their health as well as for bones and teeth, but white streaks on nails do not indicate its deficiency.
It is advisable to store the perfume in the refrigerator.
This is not a myth either! If not in the fridge, make sure it is a cooler place. This way the perfume will not evaporate quickly and lose the scent that is why you use it. Also, make sure that perfumes, in addition to a certain temperature, also require darker spaces.
We hope that we have managed to teach you something new and encourage you to reconsider the facts in the future and thus provide yourself and your body with what you need! :)