4 Skincare Myths Busted!

Taking good care of our skin is very important but not always easy. Between contradictory advice and misleading marketing claims it’s hard to know what really works and what really doesn’t. So, I thought I’d set the record straight on four common skincare myths that will hopefully help you keep your skin in great condition while saving you a few bucks as well. Are you ready? Let’s start then:

Myth 1: Skincare products with collagen firm skin and fight wrinkles

Collagen is an important part of our skin. Together with elastin, collagen gives our skin its texture and structure, keeps it firm and supple. But collagen deteriorates with age and sun damage, causing skin to sag and wrinkles to form. So, it is easy to believe that applying a cream with collagen can replenish this important substance and improve the way our skin looks. Sadly, that’s not that case.

To provide anti-aging benefits, collagen has to penetrate the skin, but because its molecules are too big, that’s just not possible. When applied topically, collagen stays on top of the skin and moisturizes it. But that’s all it does. And the same is true for elastin and hyaluronic acid. So, next time you see a cream with these ingredients, especially if it is expensive, don’t fall for the hype!

Myth 2: you need to buy a separate eye-cream

The cosmetic industry has done such a great job at convincing women they need a separate eye cream that they refuse to believe this is just another marketing claim without any proof to support it. Yes, it is true that the skin around the eyes is thinner and needs gentle care but there is absolutely no research or proof that shows you need to buy a separate eye cream. Besides, just compare your regular moisturizer with your eye cream: the ingredients are the same! The difference? Eye creams come in smaller jars/tube but have a higher price!

I know what you’re gonna say: eye creams are formulated to fight dark circles, under eye bags, crow’s feet. Well, have you ever come across a product that actually delivers that? No, because they can’t. What your eye area needs is exactly what your face needs: a moisturizing cream with SPF, preferably fragrance-free. So, stop wasting money on eye creams and use your regular moisturizer instead.

Myth 3: Drinking lots of water will keep skin hydrated

If only it were so easy to keep skin hydrated and moisturized, no one would have dry skin anymore! The truth is that it doesn’t really matter how much water you drink (and remember that foods contain water too!), what matters is how well your skin is able to retain water. Our skin, in fact, has a protective barrier that, when intact, keeps water in so skin stays hydrated, supple and soft. However, when this barrier is damaged (sun exposure and cold weather are the main culprits), moisture evaporates and skin dries out. But drinking lots of water won’t repair this barrier, using a good moisturizer to add some moisture will.

Myth 4: Skincare products can eliminate cellulite, stretch marks and wrinkles

I wish! I so do! But again, that’s not true. If there were really products capable of eliminating these flaws, everyone’d buy them and as a result, no one would have cellulite, stretch marks or wrinkles anymore. While there are products that help, nothing can completely get rid of them and the results are only temporary anyway. Most anti-aging creams simply moisturize and fill in wrinkles with substances like silicones so that wrinkles and fine lines appear smaller. But when the effect vanishes, the wrinkles are still there, as deep as before.

Antioxidants help in preventing new wrinkles from forming but then can’t eliminate those you already have. The only thing that can do that is Retinoids, but of course don’t expect miracle results straight away. They can reduce wrinkles and fine lines but it takes ages to see a small improvement. You won’t get baby smooth skin overnight! As for cellulite, creams usually make skin appear smoother so you don’t see the unaesthetic bumps, but don’t make it go away. In other words, cellulite is there, just less noticeable. What about stretch marks? Some creams can help but only if they are newly formed. So, again, don’t buy the hype!

So, there you have it. I hope you’ll find these tips useful and if you have any other skincare myths to bust, feel free to share them in the comments.

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    • Dao, lol. And thanks.

      I think using a separate eye cream is necessary when your face moisturizer contains fragrance or other harsh ingredients that may irritate the skin. But in that case, I wouldn’t use it on the face either lol. May you can try looking for avery gentle moisturizer so you can use it all over the face and save some money. Eye creams are very expensive considering the small amount you get. :)

  1. Thanks so much for this, it really helps out. I don’t use eye cream for the anti aging properties, but I like them for helping to brighten up my area – and you’re so right, they don’t work at all! Regular moisturizer does the trick! Haha.

    • Dee, I’m glad you find this article useful. Eye creams promise to deliver so many benefits but if that were true no one would have dark circles and bags anymore. Instead than looking for a miracle eye cream (which doesn’t exist sadly), it’s better to just use a good moisturizer all over the face. Works well and saves money. :)

    • Stavroula, that’s exactly what I do too and it’s always worked well. I have sometimes tried samples of eye creams that come in those travel size or GWP sets, but they never did anything for dark circles and stuff like that so I must just as well save the money and use face moisturizers instead.

  2. You know, that’s probably true about the eye cream lol. Never thought of that!

    I do think it’s good for your skin to drink water, though. Not to keep it hydrated, but I find that when I drink water consistently and eat healthier foods, my skin always stays nice and clear.
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    • Makeup morsels, I agree with you that drinking water is important and has lots of benefits for the body and skin as well. I’m sorry if that didn’t come across well. What I meant was that while drinking water has benefits for the body (and when the body is healthy skin looks better too), hydrating skin is sadly not one of them.

  3. I’ve heard of that eye cream thing before but I’ll stick to a separate eye cream. My face moisturizer is gel type and doesn’t seem moisturizing enough for my undereyes. I wouldn’t use heavy ones under my eye though. Milia seeds!

    Anyway, some products with hyaluronic acid actually do work.. Like the Hada Labo lotion. It doesn’t feel like just slapping moisturizer on your face.
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    • Isabel, I usually apply moisturizer on my face and then only what’s left on my hands on my eyes so even if the texture’s heavy, only a very small part ends up on the eye area. Enough to moisturize but not enough to cause problems. I understand why some people prefer to still use an eye cream due to the consistency of some face moisturizers though. But being the cheapstake that I am, I’d just switch to a product that I can use everywhere lol.

      I didn’t mean to say that products with hyaluronic acid don’t work at all. Hyaluronic acid has moisturizing properties and prevents water loss, keeping skin soft and hydrating. It just doesn’t have anti-aging properties so if the product you’re using has those benefits, it’s something else in the formula that provides them, not hyaluronic acid.

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