5 Beauty Myths – Exposed!
The beauty industry can be a mysterious world, full of smoke and mirrors causing us to follow a particular beauty regime which can end up being based on fantasy, with no credible factual or scientific proof to support it.
Here are five beauty myths examined; – you might be surprised!
Myth 1- You should choose skin care products based on your age
Considering the amount of ‘age relevant’ cosmetics and beauty products on the market, this myth is one which has been very much exploited from a marketing perspective. You should actually choose your skin care products according to your skin type and not your age.
Many age specific products assume that all skin types for that age group follow the same patterns, for example in the over 50s that skin will suffer from dryness. Manufacturers who make products based on this assumption essentially produce a product for dry skin and market it at the over 50s, with no other age specific qualities in it at all.
Skin care should be determined by your skin type such as dry, oily, combination, sun damaged, blemished, normal or sensitive.
Myth 2 – Natural ingredients are better for your skin than synthetic ingredients
Astonishingly, in a world where natural is always promoted as better than man-made, there is no scientific proof to support this assumption for beauty products. ‘Natural’ is a very loose phrase, with no particular regulation, and some products which might be marketed as natural, might have some natural ingredients, but not necessarily all.
Dr. Linda M. Katz, director of the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Cosmetics and Colour’s said in the New York Times, November 1, 2007, “Consumers should not necessarily assume that an ‘organic’ or ‘natural’ ingredient or product would possess greater inherent safety than another chemically identical version of the same ingredient.”
Joan Shaffer, USDA spokeswoman was also quoted stating “people should not interpret even the USDA Organic seal or any organic seal of approval on cosmetics as proof of health benefits or of efficacy.”
Myth 3 – Eye creams are specifically formulated for use around the delicate eye area
There is no clinical evidence or research to support the premise that the eye area needs different ingredients from those used on the face or neck. The whole of the décolletage is a delicate area, and the overall composition of most eye creams are so inconsistent it is clear that even the manufacturers don’t believe that these creams should take a particular formulation.
This seems to be another myth which prompts two sales instead of one, and you the consumer end up getting half as much product in an eye cream, at twice the price of a face cream.
Myth 4 – Expensive cosmetics are better than inexpensive
This myth encourages us to part with more of our cash than we need to. The expensive price tag on some products can often be because of the packaging and advertising rather than the quality of the ingredients.
There are good and bad products in all price ranges, and spending more doesn’t necessarily benefit your skin in the same respect that spending less means you are getting a poorer, less effective product.
There is no doubt that using a more expensive product helps to make you feel better about yourself, again the general rule is – buy the best that you can afford and ensure that it is suitable for your skin type
Myth 5 – Women outgrow acne
Sadly this isn’t true, as you can suffer from acne from your teens to your 50s, and just because you might have had clear skin as a youngster, it doesn’t mean that you won’t get acne later in life.
This is down to those wonderful things called hormones, which fluctuate throughout our lives, and are heavily affected by the menstrual cycle. Men on the other hand are usually able to grow out of acne as their hormones level out after puberty.
About the author of this article
This article was written by Debbie Parker – owner of the popular www.beauty-reviews.co.uk website. Debbie’s blog is full of great tips and advice on how to get the best from your beauty regime and which products actually make a difference.