There are so many beauty myths that we have all fallen for. Ever received a beauty tip from your grandma or mother, friend or just from social media that just did not work or made matters worse? Well, some revelations are more mind-blowing than others and we sometimes find ourselves questioning everything we thought we knew about health & beauty, from hydrating our bodies, drying our hair to washing our faces. So what better way to correct these beauty misconceptions than to expose them for what they truly are.
Here we debunk 7 beauty myths with facts that will enable you to make well-educated skincare decisions and change your beauty game forever.
Reality: Drying acne-prone or oily skin does not clear up acne. What really happens is, when the skin becomes overly dry it sends signals to the oil-producing glands to secrete excess sebum (oil). Excess oil production, bacteria and dead skin cells are the main causes of acne.
The goal is to keep the skin balanced by using the right oil for your skin type. Even oily skin needs oils that are non-comedogenic (non-clogging) to help reduce inflammation, regulate oil production and maintain a healthy skin barrier.
Reality: It might seem as though pimples appear overnight, they actually don’t. The development of a pimple or breakout is an extended process that begins at a cellular level. It takes about 1-2 weeks for a pimple to fully develop.
Reality: While this is believed to be somewhat true, drinking plenty of water won’t keep your skin hydrated any more than taking a bath will quench your thirst. Now here’s the tricky truth. When we drink or eat something, that substance must undergo all of your body’s other processes before actually arriving at your skin’s surface. Thus, the impact of your drinking water over time Is helpful, but not significant enough to immediately repair pre-existing damage. Moisturizers need to be applied onto the skin after getting it wet. The skin is what dries out and must also be hydrated from the outside.
Reality: While menthol (a key ingredient is most toothpaste formulas) can cool and calm inflammation, there are some ingredients in toothpaste that are so harsh that they over-dry, cause skin irritation and worsen the breakout. There are many natural ways to remove breakouts, natural spot treatments that are good at killing acne-causing bacteria and also assist skin repair. Turmeric, activated charcoal, witch hazel, tea tree oil and aloe vera are some of the natural ingredients used to treat breakouts and pimples effectively.
Reality: Just as your body doesn’t stop responding to nourishing food, your skin continues to benefit over and over again from nourishing natural products. What can happen, is that your skin may change...not the products that you are using! Skin changes due to lack of adequate sleep, during the change of season, times of general and hormonal stress, so you’ll need to change your skincare routine for those reasons. The same goes for hydration. You need to hydrate your body with water every day, and you need to hydrate your skin every day with natural, moisture-locking products.
Reality: Skin repair is an on-going process, it does not only occur at night. Getting enough sleep will definitely aid your skin’s health by decreasing skin puffiness and increase the natural development of collagen.
Reality: The rule is “If you don’t need a flashlight to see outside, UV radiation is present”. Clouds do filter out sunlight but not UV rays entirely. The Skin Cancer Foundation says that the clouds block as little as 20% of UV rays - so on a cloudy day you’re still getting up to 80% of the suns harsh effects, therefore, you still need sunscreen even on a cloudy day.