7 Skincare Myths You Think Are True But Aren’t—Busted!

7 Skincare Myths You Think Are True But Aren’t—Busted!

7 skincare myths

There are many skincare myths out there so more to come soon but here’s a few that might surprise you…

Skincare Myths — #1: Toothpaste gets rid of pimples

In short no! In fact, they can have a negative impact and cause more reddening. This is because of the fluoride in toothpaste. The bacteria that cause pimples are completely different from the bacteria in your mouth.

Most people claim it’s the drying properties such as the baking soda and hydrogen peroxide but there’s no evidence to suggest drying a pimple actually kills the bacteria. On the contrary for some people, it can make a pimple worse.

Some people love to stick to home remedies but in this case, it’s certainly better not use toothpaste and use the many products available designed specifically for tackling pimples.

Skincare Myths—#2: Age spots happen to everybody after a certain age

Even more misleading is the term ‘liver spots’ used widely to describe the same thing. The truth is they can happen to anybody at any age, especially if you grow up with lots of freckles. In reality, they are just the result of excess melanin production.

The most common reasons are thought to be sun exposure over time, which is why they happen more frequently as you age. This would also back up the areas on the skin where they are most commonly found on the face, shoulders, forearms and hands—the same places with the most sun exposure.

The best way to avoid age spots it to always use sunscreen protection.

Skincare Myths — #3: Young women can’t benefit from skincare

Prevention is the best cure. Like taking your car to get serviced every now and again using skin care from an early age extends your youthful complexion. Even using products normally reserved for mature skin that contain collagen and elastin that strengthens the dermis can be beneficial. Think of it like training at the gym to get stronger—the stronger the dermis the longer it will last.

These products certainly aren’t going to damage your skin in any way .

For younger or older women we recommend our Revive Restore & Extend DNA YOUTH SPAN which is active at the DNA level, helping to extend the life of cells.

Skincare Myths—#4: Cheaper skincare is just as effective

Unfortunately, in most cases, this isn’t true. Although it certainly is true that good and bad formulations exist in both expensive and cheaper categories, you basically get what you pay for. This is because strong actives and the best essential oils are very expensive through the manufacturing process.

It’s just not possible for cheaper brands to produce formulations that contain the best ingredients and keep their prices low. So although the price isn’t a guarantee it’s a good sign and not a bad one. It’s best practice to always look at the formulation and the actives—look at real testimonials if possible.

Skincare Myths — #5: Natural skincare is kinder on the skin than synthetic ingredients

The main problem here is greenwash. This is when companies use natural ingredients to appear kinder on the skin and claim extra benefits when in reality they are no different or in some cases much worse! Since the rise of ‘natural’ or organic products on the market, there has been a lot of hype about how natural products are kinder on the skin and contain no harmful chemicals. This is one of the more worry Skincare Myths.

In truth, it’s a big myth in some cases because it can be quite the opposite. Most products these days don’t contain nasty chemicals like parabens (once used as a preservative) or synthetic scents. Or any of the other ingredients known to be harmful.

The New York Times ran a piece where representatives for the government, beauty industry, and some activists acknowledge “that there is no published scientific proof to support the notion that plant-based cosmetics are safer, healthier or more effective”

Synthetic ingredients that are used to mimic natural ones are used because they are purer and provide a much more stable product. It is a known fact that natural ingredients can be harder to preserve against microbial contamination for that reason. The very best products have the perfect combination of both. One prime example is the ingredient Beautifyeye™ explained in this article.

Skincare Myths — #6: Skincare products that contain an SPF fully protect you from the sun

This one can sometimes really annoy me because we think we’re doing the right thing and that we’re protected when in some circumstances we aren’t. While some skincare products protect you from UVB rays that cause burning they don’t necessarily protect you from UVA rays that cause long-term damage and aging. Although burning is never a good thing it’s the UVA rays that cause the most damage over time.

The best solution and safest solution is to use your favorite skincare product without SPF and layer a good sunscreen over the top after 10 minutes—this means your favorite skincare product doesn’t need an SPF at all!

Skincare Myths — #7: What works for the face also works for the eyes

As the famous proverb goes “The eyes are the windows of the soul”. Our eyes have particular problems like crow’s feet, dark circles, sagging. Although it’s true you can use most eye creams on the face, products labeled for the eye use different ingredients to target those problems specifically. You may find you’re one of the lucky ones and can get by just using your normal facial skin care products but if you want to specifically target that area using an eye cream is a must.

For example Beautifyeye™ is a world first ingredient that targets upper eyelid sagging and dark circles as well as many other benefits, there would be no reason to use this ingredient in facial skincare.

About Vicki Law

Vicki Law is the Founder of SKN Complex, a 100 per cent Australian owned and operated skin care company committed to taking the clinical complexity out of the science of beauty and to provide an exceptional, inspiring range of products to Australian women. You can connect with Vicki via Twitter, LinkedIn or Email View all posts by Vicki Law ➞