The skincare industry is one of the most lucrative industries out there, meaning that there many people out there, particularly on the internet, making all kinds of extraordinary claims about what’s good for your skin and what’s not. While some of these tales have been proven to have some merit, others are just completely bogus.
So, we’re busting some common skincare myths for you all.
Toothpaste for Acne
The myth that toothpaste can help relieve or even eradicate acne has been around for some time. So much so, that it wouldn’t surprise us if any of you experimented with this theory as a teenager. Putting toothpaste on pimples can often do more harm than good as it can irritate the skin. Toothpaste also often contains alcohol, baking soda and/or hydrogen peroxide, which are known to be quite drying for the skin.
It’s Ok to Not Wash your Face Before Bed
We’ve all had times where we’ve gotten home after a late-night and jumped straight into bed without splashing water on our faces. Whilst it’s ok to have momentary lapses from time to time, you should always aim to wash your face before bed and here’s why: Washing and cleansing your face before bed will ensure that all the makeup, dirt and other irritants that you are exposed to during the day don’t stay on your skin at night, as they can become trapped in your pores and can cause blemishes or irritation.
You’ll Age Faster If You Wear Makeup Regularly
Makeup lovers rejoice! Wearing makeup is fine but, there’s a catch. You have to ensure that you are properly cleansing and moisturising the skin after every use to ensure that no makeup residue is left behind. Leaving old makeup on the skin for long periods of time will not only clog your pores and cause blemishes, but it will potentially leave you more prone to oxidative stress caused by free radicals which is linked to cell damage and ageing of the skin.
Products Labeled “Natural” Will Automatically Be Better for the Skin
Any company can put “natural” or “chemical-free” on the bottle of their products, however, this doesn’t necessarily mean that they are. Unlike the Certified Organic label (which Y natural holds), the natural label doesn’t come with the guarantee or assurance that everything in that product doesn’t contain chemicals or that the practices in making that product were natural.
If it Burns it Means it’s Working
We’ve all heard the term “beauty is pain”, this is certainly not the case for skincare. If you put a product on your skin and it hurts, remove it immediately with a damp cloth. If your face becomes red and/or irritated, it means you are likely either having a reaction to the ingredients in that product or that your skin is too sensitive for that particular product. Using products and ingredients that are not right for your skin can damage it and cause it to become incredibly uncomfortable.
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