Beauty and Skincare: Facts & Statistics that Will Blow Your Mind
Here’s setting the facts straight on beauty and skincare myths.
Thanks to the internet, beauty and skincare information have never been more accessible. Learning and sharing information about the products we slather on our faces is as easy as checking YouTube, Instagram, and beauty blogs—not to mention, the friends you share beauty secrets to on and offline.
Unfortunately, the spread of misinformation is commonplace online, and the beauty and skincare community is no exception. It is rife with misconceptions that may actually be the thing that’s giving you skin problems in the first place. You’ll want to be wary of any information or advice you may come across the internet, especially when it cannot be fact-checked or is not backed by research.
To get you on the right track, here’s an infographic that sets the facts straight on beauty and skincare myths—because some things are just not what they seem to be.
Myth #1: DIY lemon masks are a good source of Vitamin C.
Don’t fall for the idea of making your own lemon mask to keep away zits. In untrained hands, lemon can be far too acidic for the skin. You may be setting your skin up for adverse reactions like dark spots after prolonged exposure to the sun. Show your skin lots of TLC with a Vitamin C serum instead. It has the right Vitamin C concentration to get rid of acne marks, dark spots, and free radicals in your skin.
Myth #2: It’s totally fine for your skin to feel tight after cleansing.
Arguably, cleansing is the first and most crucial step in your skincare routine. Doing it right is vital. However, your skin feeling tight after cleansing is a sign that harsh ingredients have made your skin a little too dry. Go for a mild facial wash, such as micellar water, to clean your face without completely stripping it off of essential natural oils.
Myth #3: Darker skin tones don’t need sunscreen.
Sunburn may not show as clearly on darker-skinned people as it does on those with light skin, but this doesn’t necessarily mean sunscreen isn’t necessary for darker complexions. Regardless of skin tone, you need to use sunscreen because the skin is prone to problems related to excessive sun exposure, such as hyperpigmentation. Plus, skin cancer affects people of all color.
Myth #4: Sunscreens with high SPF automatically give sun protection.
Several factors make sunscreen effective against skin damage, and SPF rating is just one of them. To get the maximum benefits of sunscreen, use at least SPF 30 with protection against both UVA and UVB rays. Dermatologists recommend applying 1 ounce of sunscreen on the exposed areas of your body about 15 minutes before sun exposure. Re-applying every two hours or after swimming or sweating is essential.
Myth #5: The more amount of products you use, the better.
On the contrary, less is more. Rather than increasing the amount of product you apply on your skin, it’s better to make sure that every area of your skin absorbs the ingredients or solution.
Myth #6: Using preservatives in skincare products is bad.
Beauty and skincare products use a combination of preservatives to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria, mold, fungi, and other microorganisms. Although chemicals can be harmful when used in large doses, cosmetics typically contain low doses that make them safe for use as ingredients.
Which Trends in Beauty and Skincare Should You Care About?
Just like other markets, the beauty and skincare industry is evolving with newer and better solutions to offer to consumers. Which trends are worth your time? Read on.
Sustainable Skincare. Eco-friendliness has caught on in major industries, including beauty and skincare. Statistics say that 1 out of 4 beauty and skincare product users prefer eco-friendly brands and that 92% of buyers would support companies with environmental or social advocacies.
Beauty brands are responding quite well, which is why you will see that many types of packaging are now either recyclable or are made with recycled materials. You can even buy compostable facial and hygiene wipes, so they don’t add up to those that have already accumulated in landfills because they take a lifetime to break.
Clean Beauty. Clean Beauty refers to products that contain non-toxic ingredients both natural and/or synthetic. Many brands claim to be clean or natural, but the truth is every cosmetic product has a chemical in it, whether it’s from nature or in synthetic form. Take note that there are cases wherein synthetic can be “cleaner” and prove more effective.
So, don’t dismiss products just because it’s not 100% naturally-derived. The best way to approach clean beauty is to familiarize yourself which ingredients are toxic and which aren’t. The best rule of thumb is to always research a product you’re eyeing online before making a purchase.
Prejuvenation. Aging is a part of life, and whether you like it or not, skincare cannot change or stop that. A more realistic way of dealing with this is to avoid known stressors that can cause the body or skin to deteriorate fast as early as possible. Aside from good nutrition, make it a habit to cleanse, moisturize, and use sun protection to keep the skin.
Skinimalism. Would you prefer to fill your vanity kit with multiple products offering one benefit or with products that can multitask? Skinimalism favors the latter, wherein a single product can provide skincare and, at the same time, do a host of cosmetic wonders like priming, foundation, and setting, too.
You’ll probably agree that skinimalism is heaven-sent in simplifying your routine, reducing your expenses on beauty buys, and contributing less waste.
Get Your Facts Straight
With the explosive growth of the cosmetics and skincare industry, and with every brand promising the skin of your dreams, your list of choices can grow pretty long. Thanks to the internet, everything you need to know to make educated purchasing decisions is just a click away.
Ironically, the prevalence of myths and misconceptions are a fact of life—particularly online. So, before you jump on any skincare or beauty bandwagon, check your facts first. Your skin will thank you for it.
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