We all want to use the best skincare products out there. But, how to find them?
We can’t believe all that marketing mumbo jumbo. The labels rarely makes sense. And, when we turn online, we come across lots of conflicting information.
For example, are natural products really better than synthetic ones? And should we really spend more if we want something that really works? And are we harming our skin if we don’t use hypoallergenic products?
Let’s set the record straight on these, and other common myths about skincare products, shall we?
1. Hypoallergenic products are safer and better for sensitive skin
In theory, hypoallergenic products should be gentler and less likely to cause irritations. In practice, it means nothing. The term is not regulated in any way, which means brands can put absolutely anything (that’s not toxic, obviously!), including common allergens, in a product, and still label it hypoallergenic. Isn’t that a joke?
And a very bad one for those with sensitive skin who buy these products in the hope they won’t irritate their skin and then end up with a bad rash, or worse. If you know your skin reacts badly to an ingredient, your best bet is still to read the ingredient list carefully. It’s the only way you can safely avoid the culprit.
2. “Dermatologically tested” products are safer and more reliable
This is another marketing tool, just like hypoallergenic. Basically, “dermatologically tested” simply means that the product has been tested on skin. Nothing more. We don’t know on whose skin. We don’t know how many people took part in the study. We don’t know how these tests were performed. Heck, we don’t even know what the results were! Maybe some of those folks had a bad reaction to the products. You can be sure, no one will tell you.
3. You should use skincare products targeted to your age group
It’s not about what age you are. It’s about what your skin needs. If you’re a teen, should you use an anti-acne moisturizer for teens even though you don’t have acne? Of course not! And lots of moisturizers for 50+ women are very rich, because skin tends to become drier after menopause. But, that doesn’t happen to everyone. If your skin doesn’t need the extra moisture, it doesn’t make sense to switch just because you’ve turned a certain age, does it? That could do more harm than good. Again, listen to your skin, not to marketing nonsense.
4. Natural ingredients are better and safer than synthetic ones
Contrary to popular opinion, just because something is natural, doesn’t mean it’s safe. I bet even those folks obsessed with organic skincare wouldn’t slather poison ivy all over their faces!
And, just because something is made in lab, it doesn’t mean it’s bad. On the contrary, it’s usually safer. Plants are made up of tens of thousands of compounds, and are often contaminated by pollen, resins, and other natural allergens. Synthetic ingredients are created in a sterile environment using only 3 or 4 compounds. Which ones do you think are more likely to cause a bad reaction?
Even so, it’s not about natural vs synthetic. Simply put, there are natural ingredients that work and natural ingredients that don’t. Just like there are synthetic ingredients that work and synthetic ingredients that don’t work.
It’s all about finding products with ingredients that work for you and help treat whatever skincare issue you have. Whether they’re naturally derived or made in a lab is irrelevant.
5. Expensive skincare products work better than inexpensive ones
You’ll be relieved to know this is utter nonsense too. Yes, there are some expensive products that work amazingly well and are worth the splurge (hello, Skinceuticals CE Ferulic). Plenty of other outrageously priced products, on the other hand, are so basic, or worse contain irritating ingredients, they’re not even worth half their price.
The same is true for drugstore products. Lots of crappy stuff, but also a few gems. It’s all about the formula, not the brand or price. And, because high-end and drugstore brands are often owned by the same company, it’s not unusual to find the same formula, with just some minor tweaks (like a different scent), at different price points.
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What other myths about skincare products do you think need to be busted?