Saturday, 4 May 2013
Skin-Care Myth buster ! [Part 1]Hello everybody ! Today I would like to talk about skin-care and some of their "myths" that are going around .
Myth #1 : Your age is an important consideration when shopping for Skin-care products .
FACT : Many products in the market claims that their products are designed for a specific age group . Such as some products I saw are for "mature" women .
So if you're below the age of 50 , you're immature ? I don't think so . Think about it , why are all the women above that age lumped together? According to this logic , someone who is 20/30+ yrs old should not use the same products as someone who is 40/50 yrs old ( and the difference is only 5-10 yrs older?) , but someone who is 70-80yrs old should use the same products as someone who is 50? What ? I don't get it .
Conclusion : Age is not a skin type and choosing to shop for skin-care products by your age is a very bad way to shop . For example, what if I'm 20yrs old and I have wrinkles and I wanted to use a wrinkle cream but that cream is for "mature" people . What do I do? I personally think it doesn't make a difference , really .
Myth #2 : Terms such as "dermatoligically/dermatologist-tested" , " Hypoallergenic " , etc
FACT : These words on the products you buy are all nonsense . It's nothing more than a marketing scheme to make you buy their products .
What does this mean , you ask ? Well , for the word hypoallergenic : There are absolutely no accepted testing methods, ingredient restrictions, regulations, guidelines, rules, or procedures of any kind, anywhere in the world, for determining whether or not a product qualifies as being hypoallergenic.
For dermatologist-tested , if this word appears on the product does not mean it is reliable and can live up to it's claims . You absolutely should not rely on the "dermatologist tested" claim any more than you should rely on the appearance of a doctor's name on a product's label to indicate you are getting a superior formulation. There are many aspects to the term "dermatologist-tested," as it's used on a cosmetics label, that are misleading and deceptive; however, the primary problem is that it does not tell you what dermatologist did the testing, what he or she tested, how he or she performed the testing, or what the results were. That is, they don't tell you what they found with their supposed testing; they just tell you that they tested it.
For example , they could just take the product and look at it and say :" oh , this looks good . " and that's it . OR , they could actually perform a test , for example , on 60 people . What if the results were that 40 people out of 60 people got an allergic reaction to the product ? Do you think that they would print it out on the bottle saying :" 40 out of 60 has allergic reaction ." . NO , it's easier to print out :" Allergy Tested " on it .
From FDA.GOV :
What about "cosmeceutical"?
The fact is, "cosmeceutical" is just a trumped up word that has no legal or recognized meaning as to what constitutes content versus the content of any "non-cosmeceutical" cosmetic. A quick comparison of ingredient lists reveals that there is nothing any more unique or pharmaceutical about cosmeceuticals than any other cosmetic in the cosmetics industry. Plus, the FDA does not consider the term "cosmeceutical" to be a valid product class, so the term isn't regulated. So, you should view it merely as a marketing term, and nothing more. Anyone can use that term to represent their brand's identity (Source: www.fda.gov).
Conclusion : Don't judge the product base on the fancy words printed on the bottle .
Myth #3 : The tingling feeling / cooling feeling you feel when you use your products on your face means that it's working .
FACT : NO. The tingling/cooling feeling you feel is your skin telling you to stop because it's irritated . Products that produce these kind of sensation will damage your skin , make scarring worse , lower collagen levels , etc .
Conclusion : The cause this sensation is because of the presence of : Menthol , peppermint , camphor , and mint . <-- Irritating ingredients on skin .
(Sources: Skin Pharmacology and Applied Skin Physiology, November-December 2000, pages 358-371; Skin Research and Technology, November 2001, pages 227-237; Archives of Dermatologic Research, May 1996, pages 245-248; Code of Federal Regulations Title 21-Food and Drugs, revised April 1, 2001, CITE: 21CFR310.545, www.fda.gov)
Myth #4 : Dry Skin ? Parched Skin ? Drink more water!
FACT : Water has nothing to do with it . And drinking more water won't make dry skin feel or even look better .
What is thought to be taking place when dry skin occurs is that the intracellular matrix (the substances between skin cells that keep them intact, smooth, and healthy) has become depleted or damaged, bringing about a rough, uneven, and flaky texture that allows water to be lost. But adding water won't keep that moisture in skin unless the outer barrier is maintained or repaired. To prevent dry skin, the primary goal is to avoid and reduce anything that damages the outer barrier, including sun damage, products that contain irritating ingredients, alcohol, drying cleansers, and smoking. All of the research about dry skin is related to the ingredients and treatments that reinforce the substances in skin that keep it functioning normally.
As for drinking lots of water each day, if all it took to get rid of dry skin was to drink more water, then no one would have dry skin and moisturizers would stop being sold. Keeping your liquid intake up is fine, but if you take in more water than your body needs, all you will be doing is running to the bathroom all day and night. The causes of and treatments for dry skin are far more complicated than water consumption.(Sources: British Journal of Dermatology, July 2008, pages 23-34; Dermatologic Therapy, March 2004, Supplement 1, pages 43 -48; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, June 2007, pages 75-82; International Journal of Cosmetic Science, April 2003, pages 63 -95, October 2000, pages 37-383.)
(Sources : www.paulaschoice.com)
Myth #5 : Moisturizers applied at night must be labeled as "Night Cream" .
FACT : The only difference between the moisturizer applied at day time and night time is that the day time moisturizer should contain at least an spf 15 and above .
When you hear those salesperson say " oh , the skin repairs more at night , hence it needs more "nourishing" ingredients to help it " . This is crap.Conclusion : If that's the case there isn't a shred of research or a list anywhere of what those ingredients should be. Skin is repairing itself and producing skin cells every nanosecond of the day, and night. Helping skin do that in as healthy a manner as possible doesn't change based on the time of day.
Well , that's it for today ! Hope you enjoyed reading this and hope you guys learned something from it too ! Protect your skin and face ! You only have one ! :)
bye ! x