Beauty Myths

Make-up causes breakouts – Not cleaning your face properly causes breakouts. Or not removing your makeup properly and thoroughly can encourage the build up of bacteria and clog pores, causing breakouts.

Beige/salmon coloured concealers work for everyone – Your skin tone is personal to you, so what works for me, may not work for your skin tone. “Fit all” under-eye correctors never work for me because they’re too dark. If you want something effective it’s best to be colour matched for graduated concealers rather than opting for the one shade fits all types.

Expensive cosmetics are better than inexpensive ones – Some of my best makeup finds and favourite products come from ‘drug store’ brands. Just because something’s expensive doesn’t mean it’s better than something that’s easier on the pocket. Granted, most of the makeup I use day to day is high end, but that’s only because they’re things I have invested in due to their quality.

Hypoallergenic products are better for sensitive skin – Any product that says “safe for sensitive and hypoallergenic skin” really grates on me. Everyone’s skin is different – products that my skin reacts to might be perfectly fine for you, and viva versa. So something that is marketed as safe for sensitive skin really isn’t making any statement at all.

Make-up doesn’t get dirty – Nothing makes my skin crawl more than seeing dirty make-up products so I regularly clean down surfaces, drawers, and the products themselves to make sure everything looks brand new and germ free for as long as possible. Every month my storage gets completely emptied, disinfected, and washed down, with each individual product getting wiped over using cotton buds, baby wipes, and mild soap. Products that don’t keep well and can’t be cleaned (mascara and doe-foot applicators) get thrown away. This maintenance is important to prolong the life of your products and to keep things clean.

Wearing makeup every day is bad for your skin – Not really. As long as you remove your makeup properly and thoroughly cleanse you skin morning and night, your skin should be fine.

Drinking water hydrates your skin – When you drink water, it doesn’t go straight to the skin. It goes through the intestines, gets absorbed into the bloodstream, and is filtered by the kidneys. Then it starts to hydrate cells. So realistically, drinking water doesn’t combat dry skin. Moisturising does.

Hair products can eliminate split ends – Only regular hair cuts and limiting heat to the hair can prevent split ends, sorry girls.

You should never tweeze above the brow – Sometimes to achieve the correct brow shape tweezing or waxing above the brow is essential. Just don’t go crazy and make them super flat. Stick to just a general tidy up.

You can shrink pores – Pores are not doors, they don’t open and close. Products can only ever minimise the appearance of pores. Not shrink them. Realistically you cannot see your pores. The only person that can see your pores close-up is your optician – or your boyfriend. Your optician is looking at your eyes. Not your pores. And if your boyfriend is thisclosetoyou and notices your pores? He’s gay. Or not attracted to you. Or at best, rude. Rethink the entire relationship.

Your age is important when shopping for skin care – Skincare is important at any age, and using something that has anti-aging properties at 20 is not stupid, anti-aging products contain ingredients that are fantastic for all skin types at any age.

Age spots are part of the natural process of ageing – Dark spots are part of the natural process of skin damage from the sun. That is all.

Everyone needs an eye cream and moisturiser – Everyone needs to find out what’s best for them, and stick with it. You don’t have to have a cleanser, acid toner, hydrating toner, serum, moisturiser, eye cream, treatment and oil just to look after your skin. Work with what’s best for you.

People with acne should use acne specific products – Most products that are aimed at people with acne are foaming products that strip excess oil from the skin, during this process the skin produces more oil to replace the oil lost, therefore making the skin greasy and a breeding ground for bacteria.

Stinging means working – If you use a product and it stings your face, it doesn’t mean that it’s working. It means that it’s reacting with your skin and is aggravating the area. Stinging is a result of blood-flow to the area, this can be when a product is swiped over an area with an open wound (i.e. a spot) which is fine, because it removes bacteria. But when it stings your whole face and goes very red and angry it’s not so good, and probably isn’t the product for you.

If you have oily skin you shouldn’t use facial oil – Mineral oil, avoid? YES. Good, light, plant-derived oils? – no. They don’t clog pores, they nourish the skin you are now pledging to take care of and they do not break you out. Cheap, nasty, mineral oil used in heavy formulations may break you out when you are cleansing, not good oils. Check labels. Avoid paraffin, paraffin liquidum, mineral oil in ingredient listings.

Any other myths you can think of?

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