The Quest For Truth: Skincare, Beauty & Makeup Myths

When you have an industry as large as the beauty, makeup, and skincare industry, it’s inevitable that a few myths are going to emerge. These myths come from “common knowledge”; old wives tales; stories you hear online and are repeated so frequently they begin to sound real… but should you listen to them?

Let’s look through some of the most pervasive “truths” that surround this industry, so you know which advice to follow, and which you can ignore…

MYTH: MakeUp Is Bad For Your Skin

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The Claim

Makeup is bad for your skin because it can clog pores. Additionally, makeup can irritate sensitive skin.

The Reality

Is it possible to wear makeup that’s bad for your skin? Sure; it’s possible to find a bad version of pretty much anything in the world. However, for the most part, makeup isn’t bad for your skin at all– even if you’re laying it on, and wearing it every single day.

Makeup manufacturers do their research. They know which ingredients to avoid. The last thing they want is for their products to gain a reputation as being bad for skin, because they would instantly lose a huge number of customers. So you don’t need to worry about your makeup being comedogenic; it has been ruthlessly tested to ensure this isn’t a factor.

The ‘sensitive skin’ claim is a little more difficult to define. Sensitive skin, by its very nature, is sensitive. It can react to makeup products, but it can also react to skincare products, your mood, or weather conditions. However, it isn’t fair to claim sweepingly that all makeup is bad for sensitive skin, because plenty of women with sensitive skin manage to wear makeup just fine.

Conclusion

The good news: you don’t need to worry about makeup being bad for your skin if you’re concerned about makeup clogging pores. That’s a myth that is thoroughly debunked; you can use makeup and still have healthy looking skin, so don’t worry!

The not-so-great news is that, if you have sensitive skin, makeup may irritate the issue. The best way of resolving this is to learn about ingredients and, by the use of a process of elimination, avoid ingredients that are liable to irritate your skin. As a starting point, try this great starter list of ingredients that those with sensitive skin should avoid, and work from there.

MYTH: Skincare Products Can Cure Wrinkles

The Claim

If you’re trying to buy a skincare product, then you will be inundated with claims of said product’s efficacy in regards to reducing expression lines and wrinkles. If you believed the claims on these products, it’s possible — through a few applications — to achieve the kind of skin that will wipe 10 years off your face, all through the wonder of a cream in a jar.

The Reality

First and foremost, anti-aging claims are tough to verify, and are usually based on “clinical studies” that were funded by the company who make the product. As you would expect, these studies tend to find favorable results only– often by cherry-picking. These studies are not rigorous, often fail the accepted scientific method, and are essentially little more than a marketing tool– so don’t be swayed by them.

Secondly, it is outright insincere to suggest that a face cream can combat wrinkles and expression lines. These lines appear because of the constant movement of facial muscles and the loss of collagen in our skin as we age. The problem is far deeper than can be addressed by a topical cream. If you truly want to tackle wrinkles and lines, then you would have to turn to treatments such as those available at www.yeildingmd.com/botox-orlando/ and other dermatologically-proven options. A cream or serum is simply unable to address issues like wrinkles, as they cannot penetrate deep enough into the skin to make a difference.

The Conclusion

Moisturizers and serums have their use, especially in regards to fine lines, but they are largely powerless against deep wrinkles and expression lines.

MYTH: Expensive Makeup Brands Are Better Than Drugstore Brands

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The Claim

Expensive high-end makeup brands invest more into their products, thus the products are always going to be superior to budget options. Eyeshadow will have a better pigment; lipstick will have a longer staying power; foundation will provide better coverage… and so on and so forth.

The Reality

Expensive does not necessarily mean “good”. In fact, many skincare brands also offer drugstore lines which are largely made from the same product.

Consistently, tests find that drugstore brands are just as good as their high-end counterparts. The “dupe” market means you can capture a look or wear a trend without having to spend a fortune and, for the most part, you should.

What are you actually buying when you buy a high-end product? The answer is… the brand. The name. The packaging, which is almost always glorious. You are buying the experience of a high-end product, but there’s absolutely no guarantee that the product itself will be superior. Will the packaging look nicer on your dressing table than a drugstore alternative? Yes, but this is about the only true benefit you will experience– and you have to ask yourself if the increased cost is worth such a small reward.

Conclusion

If you want to buy high-end makeup, then you should– high-end brands tend to have a touch of luxury that is tough to resist. However, you don’t have to buy high-end products; nor should you expect that the products you buy will be inherently superior due to their higher price tag.

MYTH: You Should Use An Eye Cream In Your Skincare Regime

The Claim

If our eyes are the window to our soul, we’re going to want our eyes to look as good as possible. Sadly, it’s all too easy for our eyes to experience issues such as lines, dark shadows, pigmentation issues, crow’s feet, and other signs of aging.

The answer? An eye cream! These specially formulated creams can target the problems you experience with the skin around your eyes, and no skincare regime is complete without them.

The Reality

Eye creams are, for the most part, a waste of time.

Does this sound like sacrilege to you? Well, bear with it– because this simple busted myth could save you a fortune. The skin around your eyes is no different to the skin on the rest of your face… so why does it need a special cream?

If you are thinking an answer along the lines of: “because it’s not safe to put normal moisturizer around your eyes”, then this might be true, depending on the moisturizer that you’re using. However, eye creams can and do irritate the eye as well, and most eye creams will contain a disclaimer advising you not to use the product too close to your eyes.

Furthermore — just like the previously-discussed wrinkle curing products — many of the issues that eye creams attempt to solve are beyond the reach of a topical cream. Those dark eye shadows? They’re caused by your skin thinning as you age, and there’s very little you can do to prevent this outside of invasive surgery. Crow’s feet are caused by expressions, such as smiling, which — again — can’t be prevented with a topical cream.

ven more worryingly, http://www.byrdie.co.uk/skincare-myths makes it clear that eye creams often contain a number of distinctly Not Nice ingredients. These ingredients — which can include skin-clogging mineral oil and petroleum byproducts — are definitely to be avoided, as they can clog pores and create issues such as milia.

Conclusion

You don’t need an eye cream. Use your existing moisturizer as close to your eyes as is comfortable and get a good night’s sleep if you want the skin around your eyes to improve. Avoiding thick, heavy eye creams — which can often do more harm than good — will save you a small fortune, and your skin will thank you too.

In Conclusion

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There is no doubt that the beauty, skincare, and makeup world contains myriad myths that can be debunked with a little research. If you find yourself hearing a new idea, or a warning that a certain product or ingredient will have a dramatic impact (be that a negative or a positive impact), then it’s worth taking the time to research for yourself. These industries are not particularly well-regulated, which can mean that you find yourself persuaded by claims which are not verifiable by scientific fact.

No one knows better what works for your skin, your makeup techniques, than you do. If you find a product that you love, then its price or the “studies” behind it are largely irrelevant. Pay attention to your skin and your experience, relying on empirical proof of what works for you rather than what these industries claim will work for you. Furthermore, always be skeptical about claims of a product being excessively harmful or causing damage; do the research and see if the science backs up these claims.

If you can keep the above in mind, you will be able to craft a beauty regime that truly works for you, based on fact rather than hearsay. Makeup and skincare should be fun, so don’t let yourself be impacted by myths that can ruin your experience. Enjoy, experiment, and trust your instincts above all else– good luck!

 

Hot Fall Beauty Trends for 2017

School just started here, and that means all the kids are sporting their new fall clothes, makeup, and hair, featuring the latest trends. When it comes to making a fashion statement, accessories and beauty products are just about as important as your outfit of choice.  Here are just a few makeup and nail trends that are hot this fall.
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Bold Berry Tones – When it comes to lips, the trendy colors totally stand out.  Consider wearing a bright red or a deep raspberry color, or any bright berry shade.

Nudes – If bold berry tones and bright colors aren’t your thing, you can go completely understated with a neutral nude or softer shades of pink, peach, and tan. [Read more…]

6 Tips for Healthier Looking Skin

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6 Tips for Healthier Looking Skin

Summer is almost here! It’s time for fun in the sun and good times! We all want to look our best this summer, from the way we dress to having perfect looking skin. Today I’m going to discuss six tips to help you have healthier looking skin.

 

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1. Use a Treatment like Differin® Gel. Differin® Gel is the first and only prescription strength retinoid for clearing and preventing acne, and it is now available over the counter. It’s the newest advancement and ingredient in the OTC acne category in over 30 years! The product works to clear breakouts from deep in the pores where they start to prevent breakouts before they begin, and over time the product helps to restore your skin’s texture and tone. Differin® Gel is not used in the same way as a spot treatment. In order to get the best results, you should apply a thin layer all over the face, once a day, every day.

Please use caution when using Differin® Gel with more than one acne treatment or glycolic acid product because this could lead to irritation. [Read more…]

Steps for a Good Skincare Regimen with Differin® Gel

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Steps for a Good Skincare Regimen

Having good self-esteem and being able to walk around with your head held high is an important part of living a full life, and I believe a healthy complexion is at the cornerstone of this.  For this reason, it’s important to maintain a good and consistent skincare regimen. Today I’m going to discuss some steps I take to maintain a good skincare regimen. [Read more…]

Conceal Don’t Feel

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We all want our skin to look the best it can. It’s no surprise; it is on display for everyone to see. Though some lucky individuals have the skin of dreams, the majority of us have to put up with a multitude of issues. The issues range from patchy colouring to spots, and can do real damage to confidence. The good news is, there are ways to alter the face you show to the world Whether you want to look your best for a date night, or just want to feel confident at work, these products may be the solution you’re after.

BB AND CC CREAMS

These are relatively new developments on the makeup counters, but if you have spots, they may be the answer for you. We all know the horrible way foundation can cling to spots and make them more visible. Applying one of these creams underneath your foundation can stop that. They work as sheer foundations, which cover up any blemishes you may not be proud of.

CONCEALER

If you don’t like the idea putting another layer on your face, opt instead for a concealer. These do much the same as the creams mentioned above, but you only apply them to problem areas. This can be useful if you have extreme skin issues as it allows the areas that aren’t a problem to breathe. The less chance your skin has of breathing, the more chance you have of experiencing problems. That’s why concealer can be a lifesaver!

FOUNDATION

It’s important to find a foundation that works to finish your image. Wearing a foundation that’s wrong for you can make problems worse and can also lead to further issues. Ensure you make the right choice by visiting a beauty specialist. They’ll be able to pick out the perfect foundation. They’ll do tests using various options and decide on the perfect colour and foundation type. As well as working with the other products to hide blemishes, a foundation can even skin tone. If colouring is a problem, this is the perfect option for you. Don’t give up after trying a heavy coverage that leaves your skin clammy and suffocated. Don’t give up after one shot. It’s worth trying different things until you find one that works!

SETTING POWDER

After you’ve applied your products, you need to make sure they stay in place during the day. You don’t want to risk your foundation rubbing off, do you? Then invest in a setting powder like RCMA no color powder. This will finish off your beauty routine and ensure your makeup stays in place during the day. It will give you an added sense of security that you look your best for as long as you need to!

So, there you have it. A few products that will change the way you feel about your skin. Bear in mind that it may take you a while to find a combination that works for you. Keep at it, though. You’ll get there eventually!

 

Beauty Hacks That Will Save You Money

When it comes to beauty, everyone woman wants to look and feel pretty. A woman can spend a lot of money in buying cosmetics and in other procedures such plastic surgeries just to make sure that they are beautiful and glamorous. Looking gorgeous and sexy is every woman’s dream that they wish to have every minute of their lives. Well, beauty does not come for free; you have to spend a lot of money so as to be able to buy the best makeup. For some, it may be difficult to afford the designer cosmetics, and therefore the good news is there are some hacks you can adopt and leave you looking beautiful and save you some cash as well. Let’s look at the beauty hacks that you can use and still save you money.

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Add volume to your lashes. Do you want to have your lashes increased in volume and look fuller? Well, you can achieve this by using translucent powder on your lashes after applying your mascara. You do not need to buy the most expensive mascara to make this all you have to do is use the powder, and your lashes will appear fuller with more volume as well.

Fixing your broken powder. Sometimes you may drop your powder, and it ends up breaking. Well, do not worry as you do not need to buy another one. You can always fix it by just adding four spoons of rubbing alcohol to the broken powder. After adding the rubbing alcohol, give it a stir and leave it overnight. By morning the powder will have settled as it was when you bought it

Makeup removal. Did you know that you do not need to buy makeup remover for removing your makeup? There are natural products such as the coconut oil you can use to remove your makeup. This is a cheap remedy and will help you remove the makeup. Start off by rubbing the oil on your face. This contributes to loosening the powder. Then use a cleanser to remove the remaining oils.

Buy makeup when on offer. Sometimes you may find companies offer huge discounts on their cosmetics for a period of time. Also, many online sites offer promo codes such as The White Company. Therefore, look for these kinds of sites to earn great discounts.

Drying your nail polish. If you are in a hurry and your nail polish is still fresh, dip the fingers in ice water for a few minutes, and this will help your nails to dry pretty quickly.

Exfoliating your lips. Are your lips cracked? Well, there is an easy way to fix this whereby you gently brush your lips with a soft toothbrush. This will help to remove the dehydrated skin and hence leave you with soft lips.

Treating puffy eyes. If you realize that your eyes look puffy, well you do not need to go to the hospital. You can treat this at home by freezing a spoon overnight and then place it either underneath or over your eyelid in the morning. This works magically in reducing inflammation. If you’re not in a DIY mood, there are also plenty of skincare products, such as StriVectin, that offer eye serums, creams, and gels.

Making dry shampoo. You don’t need to buy a dry shampoo as you can always make yours at home by just adding two ingredients. The ingredients required are corn flour and the essential oils. Mix the two ingredients to get your dry shampoo.

My First Target Beauty Box

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I’m so excited to report that I’ve officially joined the beauty box craze.  Earlier this week I received my very first Target Beauty Box.  Target’s Beauty Box comes out each month.  It is not a subscription program, but is instead an item that you have to go on the Target website and purchase each month.  The Beauty Box sells for a $10 flat fee, plus tax.  (My cost $10.90.)  The box is available for sale at the first of the month, generally on a Thursday, and if you subscribe to Target’s ad by email, you will receive notice when it is available for purchase. [Read more…]

Simple Steps to a Better You with Nature Made®

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I believe the cornerstone of a “simply sweet” home is having a healthy home (and a healthier you)!  But so often we see a healthy lifestyle as something difficult, a huge challenge and grand undertaking that is just too much to handle.  But it doesn’t have to be this way.  I believe the key to a healthier lifestyle is to make simple attainable goals and take small and simple steps toward achieving those goals.

For example, many of us don’t drink enough water, so that could be a good goal to start out with.  And you don’t have to say, “I’m going to start drinking a gallon of water day!”  Instead, start by saying, “I’m going to drink 8 ounces of water each morning.”  Then after you’ve made this a habit for about a week, you can gradually increase your water intake from there.

Another way to help you to adopt healthy habits is to join the Nature Made®Healthy Habit Builder program.  The program is free to sign up, and when you sign up, you enter your current health goal.  From there, you will receive tips and articles to help you achieve your goal. So for example, I chose the goal of getting energized, and I immediately received my Day 1 email with 2 tips plus an article to read.  (And when you sign up, you will also be entered to win $5000.)

And perhaps the simplest step you can take toward a healthier you is to take Nature Made® vitamins and supplements: An easy, convenient way to help your body get the nutritional support it needs every day, whether it be to support bone health, immune health or energy metabolism (helping convert food into energy).† [Read more…]

Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil Feature and Coupon Code

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As you know, I love sharing helpful hints and products for healthy and beautiful living.  One thing I am always interested in learning more about is natural and organic beauty products and solutions.  One thing I’ve been hearing about for a while is the wonders of coconut oil, and recently I had the opportunity to try a number of coconut oil products from the folks at Skinny & Co.  Today I’m going to give you a quick rundown on those products, and I’m also offering you a coupon code for 15% off everything on their site.  The coupon code is SKINNYCO15.

Skinny & Co has a number of products including original raw coconut oil, body butters, sugar scrubs, raw soap, and more.  I’ve been able to check out 5 of their products and have been very pleased with their quality. [Read more…]

10 Tips for a Bright and Youthful Eye Appearance

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Throughout my life, the number one thing people have always complimented me on has been my eyes.  Like most people, I always welcome a nice compliment and cannot help but smile about this.  As implied in my blog title, I’m a simple kind of girl, and I’m definitely not a “glam girl.”  However, as a woman, I believe it is important that we do what we need to do feel good about ourselves and feel confident and comfortable in our own skin. I, for one, feel dramatically happier and more positive about myself when I’ve taken 10 minutes to get dressed and do makeup versus spending the day in my pajamas.  And it is amazing how this extra bit of effort improves my confidence and my overall attitude as I go through my day.  And as I go through my day with a positive attitude, I am able to affect others in a positive way.

Achieving that bright and youthful appearance isn’t always that simple.  In fact, for many, it is a daily struggle, but it doesn’t have to be.  Today I’m going to share 10 tips for a bright and youthful eye appearance. [Read more…]