As you flip through the pages of a beauty or fashion magazine or check out beauty blogs, you will find a lot of advice and information. However, there is a lot that is inaccurate or just plain wrong. For example, have you ever had someone say mineral oil is bad for your skin or that toner can shrink your pores? Read on to learn the truth behind these common beauty myths.
Beauty Myth No. 1: A new skincare line may break you out.
There is a little bit of truth to this myth, but most of it is a lie. The fact of the matter is if you are putting something on your skin and it is not right for you, your skin tells you. Our bodies can tell us a lot. If you ingest something bad, you will throw up, or it will pass through the body. If you cut yourself, we heal. The same is true for the skin. If you put something on your skin that you don’t need, can use, benefit from, etc., your skin will purge the product back up to the surface of the skin.
Beauty Myth No. 2: Mineral oil is bad for your skin
Mineral oil is a by-product of crude oil; however, high-end mineral oil is very refined and not bad for your skin. It is a great oil to have in a cleanser since the molecule is larger. This means that it will not penetrate the skin and therefore can deep clean your pores. It is also a great waterproof makeup remover. Because it is not a natural oil, it doesn’t go rancid and has a longer shelf life.
Beauty Myth No. 3: Toner closes or tightens your pores
Here is the truth. If toner actually closed your pores, people wouldn’t have big pores. Now the benefits of toner are not seen visually, so many people will say that a toner is not necessary. Here are some benefits of using a toner. First, it is going to balance the pH of the skin. Second, it will remove excess cleanser and the residue left behind by your cleanser. And if your toner has actives like an acid in it, it will help remove dead skin cells, leaving behind brighter and smoother skin.
Beauty Myth No. 4: Cream cleanser is for older ladies
I believe a cream cleanser is for anyone who wants to slow down the aging process. The market today for cream cleansers includes products for all skin types, not just dry skin. When used correctly on dry skin and massaged in with fingers, it can provide a deeper and less striping cleansing than a typical foaming cleanser.
Beauty Myth No. 5: Oily skin needs 100% oil-free products
Oil is good for the skin and within the skin. Unfortunately, oftentimes we cause our oily skin. This happens when the skin is continuously stripped of its own natural oil by washing with harsh cleansers and using drying powders and blotting papers. The skin should have both oil and water. The skin cannot naturally produce more water when it is lacking. However, the body will produce more oil if it needs to make up for lack of either oil and/or water because the skin has been stripped. Thereby creating an oily skin type. Therefore, using products with oil and water will help the skin return to a more normal skin type.
Transform beauty myths into facts.
I’m sure you’ll agree; it is better to be armed with facts than fiction to get your best skin. Were any of the above beauty myths information you thought was true? If so, I’d love to hear from you. Let me know your thoughts in the comments. Want to know more facts? Check out my thoughts on organic skincare in this post.