Technology and science are constantly advancing, this being reflected in the quality and effectiveness of many cosmetic products. However, we can’t always fully trust many of the claims that come at us from various advertising positions and the guaranteed advice circulating on social media.
This is also because each of us has a unique skin with its own specifics and thus works differently for one person than another.
It’s easy for even the most perfect product to not work for you, and it won’t get better over time because no skin can be forced to get used to a particular product. So the best thing you can do for your skin is usually not based on your best friend’s recommendation, but just your own experience.
Of course, experienced beauticians can help you, but you must always put your feelings first.
But even choosing the right product may not guarantee that it will work, as you also need to know the correct application procedures. There are many myths about cosmetic products and their use, which often lead to adverse effects. Instead of helping, they often subtly harm.
1. Micellar lotions are harmful
Micellar waters are not harmful, as many superstitions claim. They can serve us well because micelles (oil droplets) attract sebum and impurities, so they exfoliate and cleanse the skin.
However, it is always necessary to rinse the skin with clean water after using these cleansers.
Similarly, it is a good idea to rinse your skin after using disposable moisturized skincare wipes. These often contain alcohol and other substances that need to be rinsed off as well.
2. Foaming products contain only harmful detergents
Some foaming facial cleansers contain sulfates. Therefore, according to experts, foaming detergents are alkaline and rip the lipids out of the skin, thus disrupting the skin’s protective layer, which subsequently becomes dry and irritated.
But if you like foaming cleansers, you don’t have to give them up completely. Ingredients ending in glucoside, glutamate, taurate, or sulfosuccinate are gentler foaming detergents and are more sensitive to the skin.
3. Cleansing your skin with soap is always better
Classic soap cubes have recently experienced a boom. This is mainly due to their ecological usability and also the minimal packaging.
However, their production often involves mixing oily ingredients with sodium hydroxide, a potent chemical that, although it essentially evaporates, still causes the solid soap to remain alkaline.
But our skin has a naturally acidic pH so that the soap can dry it out, no matter how much shea butter it contains.
4. A cleansing brush is all you need to cleanse your skin perfectly
The advantage of all cleansing brushes is that they can very effectively remove all dead skin cells, making the skin more radiant afterwards.
But the problem is that, for example, nylon-bristled brushes can be a breeding ground for all sorts of mould and bacteria and can even harm the skin without regular, thorough cleaning.
Silicone cleansing devices do not have this problem and are much more sensitive to the skin, but experts still recommend not using them daily, but at most two times a week.
5. The more potent the acid, the better
Recently, products containing alpha, beta, and polyhydroxy acids (AHA, BHA and PHA) have become very popular and are used to remove dead skin cells and for their antibacterial effects and faster renewal of the top layer of the skin.
These acids are thus added to various products from toners, cleansing lotions, serums, masks, and make-up remover pads.
Glycolic acid is one of the most aggressive and most used AHAs because it penetrates the deepest. Polyhydroxy acids (PHAs), on the other hand, are the mildest.
Thus, a high percentage of these acids does not in any way mean a better product; on the contrary, it may indicate more adverse skin reactions to it.
If you still desire a strong exfoliating effect, then opt for products that list these acids at the top of the ingredients list and, conversely, neutralizing agents such as sodium bicarbonate and potassium hydroxide at the very end.
According to experts, it is always better if the product contains a mixture of acids.
6. Serums are the best moisturizers
Serums are concentrates of active ingredients that specialize in addressing a specific problem, while a moisturizer is a multi-purpose skin protectant. They are, therefore, not the same.
Of course, some moisturizing serums (based on humectants such as hyaluronic acid and glycerin, which attract water to the skin) can be used as very light moisturizers, but other serums have entirely different effects.
7. Oil-based products are better than other creams
Natural oils are a great addition to your daily skincare routine, but they are not essential.
High-quality natural oils may be appreciated by your dry skin and light oils by oily skin. Still, they are not miracle cures or equivalent substitutes for active serums unless they contain additional active ingredients.
8. You can’t do without eye cream
Suppose your regular skincare products are free of perfumes, alcohol, mineral oils, and other irritants. In that case, they are very gentle products that can keep skin hydrated all day long and can be used on even the most sensitive skin around the eyes.
The only exceptions are products rich in vegetable butter, which are not suitable for the eye area. And then also products with chemical UV filters, which can irritate the eyes. It is much better to prefer mineral UV filters.
Special eye creams should also be used to minimize wrinkles and use products with active ingredients such as retinol or hyaluronic acid. This is because facial creams may contain these substances in larger molecules that would not work well for the eye area.
If you want to minimize circles and bags under your eyes, forget about expensive and miracle eye gels. Instead, put a classic tablespoon in the freezer for two minutes, and then apply it under your eyes. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how quickly this recipe works.
9. You can’t do without a night cream
All products that contain UV filters are intended only for daytime care, while most products with retinoids (a form of vitamin A, such as retinol) and AHAs are used in the evening.
However, all other products with various other active ingredients can be used in the morning and evening. Therefore, it is not always necessary to use a different cream in the morning and a different one in the evening.
How do you know a quality product?
It doesn’t matter what the product packaging looks like, and neither does the price. The following matters should be the decisive factor.
- What is written on the label in the composition? If the active substances occupy the leading positions, they are contained in larger quantities, and the product can thus be truly functional.
- Likewise, check if the product contains petroleum, silicones, alcohol or isopropyl myristate at the top of the list. While these are functional ingredients, they should not be present in large quantities.
- The high level of extracts contained and the Latin-mentioned plant extracts can also testify to the quality.
- Check the label to see where the active ingredients stand in relation to preservatives and perfumes. Preservatives are approved in concentrations up to 1%, while fragrances are approved between 0.01 and 0.5%. If the products contain more ingredients such as vegetable oils, vitamin C or niacinamide, that’s as well.
- Keep an eye on the functionality of the packaging. Instead of trendy things like all sorts of crystals, spatulas or metal-coated lids, opt for opaque, airtight packaging designed to keep products fresh.
- Prefer products that boast independent clinical studies.