Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Is it True...? Debunking More Beauty Myths! Part 2 (editorial)

Following on from Part 1 of our Beauty Myths series, here are some more common misconceptions. If you know of any more please let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook page!

Applying moisturiser to wet skin helps it absorb.

No. If you read any bottle of face or body lotion you're likely to see 'Aqua', 'Eau' and/or 'Water' high up on the ingredients listings. The three terms all mean the same thing: H₂O. If you apply moisturiser when your skin isn't dry you're only watering it down and reducing its efficacy!

Finding the right foundation shade is a one-off event that sets you up for life.

No. Your skin changes in tone and texture from season to season and as you age. You need to monitor the colour of your foundation in case you pick up a slight tan in summer (or while skiing), fake a tan or lose one in winter. Check to see if your skin tone changes as you age or suffer from long-term illness, too.

Spritzing your face with a dedicated facial spray keeps you moisturised.

Yes and No. Many of these special spritzes contain skin nourishing ingredients such as vitamins and plant extracts and these can be sprayed on, left to dry et voilà! Hydrated skin. However, some of the basic water versions can actually dry out your skin depending how you use them. Mineral or Spring water sprays work best if you blot after use which helps prevent the liquid from evaporating and drying out your face. Whichever face spritz you use, make sure you use it correctly.

You have to use the entire collection from a skincare line to get best effects. I.e. cleanser, toner, serum and moisturiser all from one brand.

No. This is a myth peddled by skincare companies to get you to spend more. By all means use the entire range if you want to and it works for you, but generally speaking everyday skincare can be mixed and matched to your heart's content. Most skincare benefits are achieved with serums and moisturisers rather than cleansers and toners, so use whatever you like.

You have to use the entire collection from a haircare line to get best effects. I.e. shampoo, conditioner, treatment and serum from one brand.

Maybe. Haircare can be different from skincare – some premium hair products do work well together or have accumulative effects when the entire collection is used in sequence. It matters far less for basic haircare products, though, you'll have to read the blurbs and make up your own mind.

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