With everything from fashion magazines to YouTube tutorials, beauty advice has become easier to come by. However, a lot of information out there is inaccurate. Check out some of the most common beauty myths and the “true” skinny on what works.
MYTH: Dry skin? Drink more water!
TRUTH: Ironically, dry skin is not as simple as just a lack of moisture. And, surprisingly, drinking more water won’t make dry skin look or feel better. The studies that have compared the water content of dry skin to that of normal or oily skin show that there doesn’t appear to be a statistically significant difference. And adding more moisture to the skin is not necessarily a good thing. If anything, too much moisture, like soaking in a bathtub, is bad for skin because it disrupts the skin’s outer barrier (the intracellular matrix) by breaking down the substances that keep skin cells functioning normally and in good shape.
MYTH: Hypoallergenic products are better for sensitive skin.
TRUTH: There are no accepted testing methods, ingredient restrictions, regulations, guidelines, rules, or procedures of any kind for determining whether a product qualifies as being hypoallergenic.
The term “hypoallergenic” is meant to imply that a product is unlikely or less likely to cause allergic reactions and, therefore, is better for allergy-prone or sensitive skin type. Beyond the fact that “hypoallergenic” is an unregulated term, there are hundreds of products labeled for sensitive skin that contain seriously problematic ingredients (like fragrances, whether natural or synthetic) capable of triggering allergic breakouts or sensitive skin reactions.
MYTH: You’ll eventually outgrow acne.
TRUTH: Adults in their 20s, 30s, 40s, and even 50s can have acne just like teenagers, and the treatment principles remain the same. Having clear skin as a teenager isn’t a guarantee that you won’t get acne later in life, for women that could mean breakouts during menopause or pregnancy.
What is true is that men typically outgrow acne, because after puberty male hormone levels become more balanced, while women’s hormone levels fluctuate throughout their lifetime. That’s why many women experience breakouts around their menstrual cycle and, for some, during or after menopause.
MYTH: Makeup causes acne.
TRUTH: No research indicates that makeup or skincare products cause acne, and there is no consensus on which ingredients or mix of products are problematic. If you’re taking off the makeup correctly and consistently, you will evade acne.
MYTH: Expensive cosmetics are better than inexpensive ones.
TRUTH: The absolute truth is that there are good and bad products in all price categories. It’s all about the formulation, not the price. You would be shocked at how many expensive products are little more than water and wax— and how many inexpensive products are brilliantly formulated.
MYTH: You should choose skincare products based on your age.
TRUTH: Many products on the market claim to be designed for a specific age group, but age is NOT a skin type.
Not everyone in the same age group has the same skin type, which is why choosing products based on your age isn’t a wise way to shop. Turning 50 does not mean you should automatically assume your skin is drying up and therefore, in need of richly emollient products for “mature” skin—that’s simply not true for everyone. For example, if your skin is still oily, using emollient products will only make matters worse. Instead, the skincare products you buy should be dictated by your skin type and skin concerns.
MYTH: Your anti-aging products should contain collagen and/or elastin.
TRUTH: The collagen and/or elastin in skincare products cannot fuse with the collagen and elastin in your skin to help rebuild or reinforce those structures. The molecular sizes of both collagen and elastin are too large to penetrate the skin’s surface. Some products claim that the collagen or elastin they include has been “bioengineered” so it’s small enough to be absorbed into the skin. As helpful as that sounds, it’s completely useless. No matter how small these ingredients are engineered to become, they still will not fuse with the collagen and elastin in your skin.
MYTH: Your skin adapts to products you use and eventually stop working.
TRUTH: Skin doesn’t adapt to skincare products any more than your body adapts to a healthy diet. Spinach and grapes are healthy for you today, and they’ll continue to be healthy for you six months from now, even if you eat them every day. The same is true for your skin: As long as you are applying what is healthy for skin (and avoiding negative external sources such as unprotected sun exposure) it remains healthy.
MYTH: “Age spots” are simply a fact of getting older.
TRUTH: First, the term “age spot” isn’t quite accurate. Brown, freckle-like skin discolorations are not a result of age; they are the result unprotected sun exposure, including past sunburns. Sun spots, dark spots, brown spots can show up at any age. Treating sun-induced brown discolorations takes proven ingredients (such as hydroquinone, niacinamide, vitamin C, and select plant extracts) plus daily broad-spectrum sun protection to make a noticeable, lasting difference.
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics recently launched the Summer 2016 Capsule Collection—an all-new way to experience makeup.
Matching lip and nails— a trend that shows no signs of slowing down — are made accessible with two all-new pairs of Lip Tar and Nail Lacquer shades for Summer 2016! Both Lip Tar and Nail Lacquer are loaded with super-metallic pigments for a finish that’s as luxe as it is longwearing. Intense yet playful, these shades are for those who want to make bold, beauty statements this Summer.
Founded in New York City in 2004 by makeup artist David Klasfeld, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics started with a pair of Lip Balms. As an artist, Klasfeld wanted to develop products that met the needs of artists who weren’t satisfied with the traditional options found on the market, through a commitment to innovation in color, texture and selection. And from Lip Balm, he moved on to one of the first airbrush formulas, nail lacquer, deeply pigmented multi-purpose shimmer powder and finally Lip Tar.
Lip Tar is the original matte liquid lipstick, formulated for unrivaled pigment intensity and wear-time! The innovative formula is made with hemp oil and dynamic colors. It is gluten free and silicone free and provides a complete, opaque coverage, either alone or mixed with other shades.
Nail Lacquer is a professionally formulated, quick-drying and long lasting polish. Densely pigmented and available in a modern color-palette, this lacquer polish is formulated with the editorial manicurist in mind.
But that’s not all, striving to be on the forefront of colour cosmetics, while honoring both professional makeup artistry and cruelty-free heritage, OCC is 100% Vegan and Cruelty-Free, as internationally certified by PETA.
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