Beauty Myths

August 15, 2014

beauty myths

1. make-up causes breakouts
2. you shouldn't wear eye shadow that matches your eyes
3. you should be brand loyal
4. beige/salmon coloured concealers work for everyone
5. expensive cosmetics are better than inexpensive ones
6. hypoallergenic products are better for sensitive skin
7. make-up doesn't get dirty
8. wearing makeup every day is bad for your skin
9. drinking water hydrates your skin
10. hair products can eliminate split ends
11. natural ingredients are less irritating than synthetic ones
12. trimming your hair will make it grow faster
13. you should never tweeze above the brow
14. concealer should be applied before foundation
15. shampoo stops working if you don't switch them up
16. you can shrink pores
17. the higher the SPF, the better the protection
18. you don't need sunscreen on a cloudy day
19. your age is important when shopping for skin care
20. age spots are part of the natural process of aging
21. everyone needs an eye cream and moisturiser
22. you can reverse the signs of aging with products
23. mineral oil is the worst ingredient
24. a tinging sensation means a product is working
25. blackheads can be scrubbed away

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  1. A lot of these things were a shock to me, especially the water drinking one and the SPF one.

  2. I thought everyone needed moisturizer, especially with spf in it *confused*

  3. YES trimming hair to make it grow faster, biggest myth of them all! I learned this the hard way :'(

  4. I always thought that drinking a lot of water hydrates the skin. Well, I can't really tell the difference anymore since I've been drinking little but water and tea for the past 2 years at least. It might not hydrate the skin but it's definitely healthier than soda!

    I'm really glad that I knew most of these already! I do have to admit that I thought that mineral oil was a bad substance, too!

    Elina | Miss Blue Eyes

  5. very true! though i was also surprised by the fact that drinking water hydrating the skin was a myth.
    btw, just discovered your blog today and it's become a fast favorite! the layout, photos, format and everything are just fantastic :)

  6. I wish #25 was true though!

  7. I have to disagree on two things - water most definitely hydrates... Along with adequate sleep, it's literally one of the best things you can do for skin (for your body - this all goes back to cell health). And, mineral oil, while not horrific, is not going to do your skin any favors in the long run.

  8. THANK YOU! I read once that the French (known for taking really good care of their skin) rarely use eye cream. I don't see why they would. Doesn't serum and moisturizers work on your whole face? And since when did people say you can't tweeze above the brow? That's crazy!

  9. Thanks for clearing some things up! Any idea's how to get rid of blackheads?

  10. Amber Hunter8/16/2014

    I feel like with the marketing in the beauty industry it can be so easy to believe much of what is thrown towards consumers through advertisements and "statistics"; this is such a helpful post because it reminds us not to take everything at face value and how important research can be when it comes to beauty and the myths of beauty.
    Amber | Lovely Notions

  11. Amina Sophia8/16/2014

    Number 1 and number 8 are SUCH HUGE MYTHS.
    I wear a full face of makeup everyday and my skin is perfectly fine, in fact I tend to break out when I don't apply makeup and according to my derma it's because routine is good for the skin!

    Love this xxx

  12. I was brand loyal for ages, now I wish I wasn't so I could try more blushes etc without having my collection build up! Wish blackhead could be scrubbed away though - skincare would be a dream then!

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography -

  13. Although I have favourite brands I return to.. I'm not loyal; I won't buy the same cleanser, toner, mask, etc. all from the same brand. I just buy what I like and what I hope will work.

  14. It's good skin care that matters!

  15. I definitely think research is the most important thing when dealing with skin care and make-up. Ignore the ads, read the facts.

  16. You can't! Blackheads are natural and while you can get rid of them for a little bit, they won't ever be gone for good. It's sebum produced by your skin.

  17. Yes! I never use an eye cream because my skin is 'normal' and doesn't suffer dryness or any other skin complaint, so why pay more for less product? I use moisturiser everywhere on my face.

  18. Water hydrates but drinking water won't rehydrate your skin, applying products, however, will. I am a great advocate of drinking water; I drink water endlessly throughout the day but I still have to apply moisturiser because my skin can become dehydrated in the summer.

    In regards to mineral oil, it isn't "bad." It might work for you personally but some people find it works for them. It's just like any other ingredient - if it works, use it, if it doesn't, avoid it.

  19. I have this "fact." I am very pale and beige/salmon concealer does not work for me - I need a yellow corrector or a REALLY pale concealer.

  20. Ahh, thank you so much! It's so lovely to hear.

  21. Drinking water is super good for you, of course, but it doesn't necessarily rehydrate your skin.

  22. I stops split ends from travelling further up the hair.. but it definitely doesn't stop growth. I haven't had my hair cut in a shameful amount of time and it's definitely growing!

  23. It all depends what works for you. I apply concealer over the top but I've done it the other way around before, it all depends on the products.

  24. YES! There is such confusion surrounding SPF

  25. Nope. Not everyone needs a moisturiser, it all depends on your skin type. You should definitely apply a separate SPF though.. moisturisers with SPF alone won't give you enough protection.

  26. Obviously drinking water is incredibly good for you.. but it won't rehydrate dehydrated skin, you need to apply products to do that.

  27. Haha thanks for being honest! Just have to learn to live with them then :) Great blog you have going on! :)

  28. Sophie, I mean this respectfully (as I am a big fan of your blog and I think you have excellent taste) - water most definitely hydrates / rehydrates the skin. Yes, especially as women, we need a trusted moisturizer but in reality without adequate water, sweating, de-stressing (this is a big one) and a clean diet products are nothing more than a quick fix. Women don't realize this in their 20's because the body can take a lot of abuse but in your thirties you start to take notice and by your forties you'll see women going into full on panic mode (enter fillers, peels, life lifts, bleaching creams, etc). The most beautiful women I know are the ones with the healthiest lifestyles. Moisturizer is great, a necessary finishing agent in fact (I love vitamin e oil), but it won't help with the whites of your eyes, cracked lips or dark circles.

  29. We can agree to disagree. From the research I have done, drinking water is obviously very good for you - it's pretty much all I drink, all day long, in large quantities. But drinking water along will not re-hydrate your skin. I have a 'normal' skin type but in summer it gets dehydrated; I drink around 8 glasses a day and my skin is still dehydrated. The only thing that 'cures' it is applying a hydrating moisturiser.

    When reading about this subject I did find there is a split between those who agree and those who disagree. Obviously I am not saying water isn't good for you - I'm a HUGE advocate for drinking water but I don't agree that drinking it will improve the condition of your skin without other products being applied.

    "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." - Paula Begoun

  30. I will agree to disagree but know this - Paula Begoun is a once upon a time esthetician turned business woman (with a face full of fillers) not a medical professional. I would do your own research, carefully, before posting things. Maybe water doesn't work wonders for your skin but it is necessary for hydration. Period.

  31. Paula Begoun is one of many people whose books I have read, she isn't the only person I rely on for information regarding skin care, and I certainly read a lot of books, articles, and reports before posting anything especially posts that could be misconstrued as advice.

    We are all entitled to our own opinions. Neither of us are experts on skin care. If you look into this particular issue, the research is divided; some argue water hydrates and others don't. Personally, the research that argues drinking water does not hydrate the skin to be more compelling. Again, we can agree to disagree and that's the end of it.

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