Learning how to take good care of your skin is hard enough. It gets even harder when you’re constantly bombarded with misleading advice and overblown marketing claims to make you splurge on products you don’t need and waste time with things that don’t work.
That’s why today I’m going to bust 4 of these common skincare myths. Ready? Here we go:
Skincare Myth #1: Skincare Products With Collagen Firm Skin And Fight Wrinkles
If only it were that easy!
It’s true your skin needs collagen. It’s this protein that gives your skin its texture and structure, and keeps it firm and supple. But, like everything else, it depletes with age. After you turn 21, you lose 1% a year. And, the more you lose, the more easily wrinkles form.
So, it’s easy to assume that a cream with collagen can replenish the collagen that you have naturally lost. Sadly, it doesn’t work this way.
For collagen to firm skin, it’d have to penetrate deep into it. But, it can’t. Collagen is such a big molecules, it stays on the surface, where it hydrates skin.
So, it’s not useless. But not even the miracle worker it’s claimed to be.
If you’re really interested in replenishing lost collagen, here are some better ways to do it.
Related: 8 Science-Backed Ways To Rebuild Lost Collagen For Younger, Firmer Skin
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Skincare Myth #2: You Need A Separate Eye Cream
Don’t get me wrong. You do need a cream. It just doesn’t need to be labelled eye cream. Any cream, as long as it is well-formulated and fragrance-free, will do the trick. Here’s why:
- There aren’t special ingredients just for the eye area: Caffeine and all that stuff that’s supposed to treat dark circles doesn’t work. I mean, have you ever used a cream that actually does anything for dark circles? Me neither.
- Eye cream use the same ingredients as face moisturisers: The moisturizing ingredients, sunscreen actives, antioxidants, etc that are used in facial moistuirzers are used in eye creams as well. Check out the ingredients of your eye and face creams, if you don’t believe me. They’re the same.
- If it irritates the eye area, don’t put it on your skin: It’s true the skin on the eye area is thinner and more prone to irritation. But if an ingredient gives you a rash there, do you really want to use it on the rest of your face, too?
Eye creams are facial moisturisers in a smaller pot. Why are you spending twice as much money for that?
Related: Why You Don’t Need An Eye Cream (And What To Use Instead)
Skincare Myth #3: Drinking Lots Of Water Will Keep Skin Hydrated
Water is pretty much the only thing I drink (that, and an orange juice or smoothie once in a while), and let me tell you, I still suffer from dry skin from time to time.
Fixing dry skin is not simply a matter of giving it more water. It’s a matter of helping skin retain water. Skin becomes dry when its protective barrier is damaged, allowing water to evaporate.
You could drink 20 glasses of water a day, but if you don’t repair this protective barrier, they won’t do nothing for you (you’ll just spend more time in the bathroom).
By all means, do drink water. Just don’t forget to apply an occlusive moisturizer to help skin retain moisture and stay hydrated.
Related: Why Drinking 8 Glasses Of Water A Day Won’t Fix Your Dry Skin
Skincare Myth #4: Skincare Products Can Eliminate Cellulite, Stretch Marks, And Wrinkles
We’re all looking for the magic potion that can get rid of all imperfections forever. But, if such a wonder existed, you’d know. No one would have cellulite, stretch marks, and wrinkles anymore.
Instead, we still have them, don’t we?
That’s not to say these products are completely useless. They often can improve the appearance of cellulite or wrinkles, so they look smaller. But, when their effects are over, the imperfections are still there, as big as before.
Some creams can also help prevent wrinkles. The very few that can get rid of them work extremely slowly, and they never eliminate them completely.
As for stretch marks, some creams can get rid of them, but only if they’re brand new.
So, don’t buy the hype. If something seems too good to be true, it usually doesn’t work.
Related: 5 Unnecessary Skincare Products You Should Stop Wasting Money On