Sorting out fact from fiction, old wife’s tales from exaggerated claims, is certainly no easy task. There is an abundance of half-truths, myths and hyperbole when deciding what is best for your skin. So, let’s set the record straight and separate fact from fiction!
Myth #1: Drink more water to hydrate dry skin
Truth: A beauty myth that always seems to come back to life one way or another, the reality is drinking 8 glasses of water is great for your body’s hydration, but it isn’t good enough for dry skin. If this was the solution, very few of us would have dry skin. The solutions to dry skin are far more complex then simply ensuring you are drinking enough water.
The health of your skin is certainly affected by what you ingest, but the products you apply on to its surface to keep it hydrated and nourished makes all the difference.
Myth #2: All your aging skin needs is a unique ingredient
Truth: Many cosmetic companies tout the benefits of a supposed “miraculous” ingredient in their products, from the mundane olive oil to the weird sounding snail slime extract. The truth is the complexity of your skin requires far more than the supposed benefits of what a single special ingredient could provide.
Myth #3: Avoid parabens
Truth: Parabens has been in rather negative light for awhile now, and many consumers have opted to avoid having them in their products if possible. However, according to published research from cosmetics regulatory organisations worldwide, parabens in small amounts will not cause any issues.
With the rampant scare tactics and fear-mongering used by supposed relevant articles stemmed from questionable sources on the internet, many companies have resorted to the knee-jerk option of avoiding parabens in their products. However, parabens are actually among the most effective (an safest) preservatives around!
Although many cosmetics companies have opted to avoid parabens, those who continue to preserve their products with them are not making a mistake. Parabens are among the most effective (and safest) preservatives around!
The next time you come across a beauty tip or a claim that sounds too good to be true, or just plain scary, be sure to check the facts to separate fact from fiction.