Myths and truths in cosmetics

With the use of the Internet, we have an excess of information. We can read lots of affirmations about cosmetics, which are not always true. Some time back, I posted about some skincare myths debunked. However, there are lots of affirmations and I decided to create a second post about myths and truths in cosmetics.

Myths and truths in cosmetics

  1. You don’t need to use skincare products when you are young. FALSE

This is one of the most serious mistakes people make. Most of us are regretting now because we didn’t have a skincare routine when we were young.

When you are young your skin looks gorgeous. It is firm, soft, smooth,…There are no signs of uneven skin texture, wrinkles or dark spots. However, the skin has memory and all the harm suffered when you are young will show symptoms later on. Therefore, you should have a healthy skincare routine even if you are young.

My recommendations are:

  • Cleanse your skin morning and night with a mild cleanser.
  • Exfoliate your skin once a week to eliminate dead cells.
  • Moisturise your skin daily with a lightweight moisturiser.
  • Protect your skin using SPF daily, even if it is cloudy or raining. Remember that it is not the visible light that harms your skin but the UV light.
  • You cannot use hyaluronic acid during summer. FALSE

It is important to avoid the use of acids during summer, as the interaction between acids and solar radiation may harm your skin. However, hyaluronic acid is not an acid, despite its name.

In contrast, not only it is safe to use hyaluronic acid during summer, but you should use it in the Winter as well. Hyaluronic acid retains huge amounts of water, something very useful during the hot summer days.

Myth and truths in cosmetics

  • Natural cosmetics are not effective. FALSE

What makes a cosmetic efficient are the active ingredients. Natural cosmetics contain active ingredients. The difference with non-natural cosmetics is the type of non-active ingredients in the formula and the origin of the active ingredients. Natural cosmetics contain fragrances, colours, preservatives, etc from natural sources.

It may seem that conventional cosmetics are more efficient, but that is because the rest of the ingredients in the formula are showing the desired results. However, keep in mind that these results are fake. The moment you stop the product application you will lose the effects, as it is something superficial.

Image by Mareefee from Pixabay.
  • Expensive creams are better than affordable creams. FALSE

Expensive doesn’t mean high quality. The effectiveness of a cosmetic depends on the formula. You can get cosmetics with an amazing formula, with quality ingredients, for an affordable price. Sometimes when you pay for a skincare product, you are paying for the brand and merchandising instead of paying for the ingredients.

Myths and truths in cosmetics

  • You can use face moisturiser for the undereye area. FALSE

The under-eye area skin is different. The skin in this area is five times thinner than the face skin, the pH is different and there are almost no sebaceous glands. It is very sensitive skin which needs products specially indicated for this area.

If you use your face moisturiser on this area, you can show signs of age, like fine lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet earlier.

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  • Face masks are a flash treatment. TRUE

Face masks contain a high concentration of active ingredients. In addition, they act over the skin for a long time under an occlusive tissue. As a result, they are very effective and show immediate results. If you need a flash result like hydration, plumping, brightening, etc, a face mask is the better option.

What do you think about these affirmations? Do you want to read more in the future? Let me know in the comments.

Bear in mind that some of the links in this post are affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase I will earn a commission. Keep in mind that I link these companies and their products because of their quality and not because of the commission I receive from your purchases. The decision is yours, and whether or not you decide to buy something is completely up to you.

I love beauty and skincare, try new products, and share my opinion with you. All my knowledge comes from years of experience and reading articles. I have dry skin, Fitzpatrick type IV, warm undertone, and my main concern is hyperpigmentation. Keep in mind that what works for me may not work for you. We are all different and products can have different results on your skin. Want to talk? Email me at

One Comment

  • Pam Land

    26 January, 2023 at 10:29

    This is excellent information, especially regarding the paragraph about expensive eye creams. It’s always baffled me how anyone would think a pot of cream costing upwards of £100 will make a difference to their skin. Pam


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