Due to clever marketing tactics and the easy spread of misinformation via the internet, there are plenty of myths surrounding skincare.

Your Skin Needs Oil Free Products

Many brands market their products as oil free as a benefit, stating oil leads to acne breakouts. Instead washing your skin with a gentle cleanser then replacing the oil washed off the skin with a light oil (hemp, argan, grapeseed, rosehip, etc). can help to replenish the necessary moisture your skin needs.

Coconut Oil Is A Great Moisturizer

Coconut oil is often marketed as a gentle moisturizer for sensitive skin. Coconut oil clogs pores and does not penetrate deep into the skin. There are far better moisturizers for skin than coconut oil such as shea and cocoa butters, evening primrose oil, etc.

Fun Fact
Coconut oil is a main ingredient in most natural bar soaps because it creates large bubbles and a harder bar. But be ware, too much coconut oil in a soap dries out the skin.

The Product Matters Most

Successful marketing leads us to believe many skincare products make or break the health of your skin. While it is important to use high quality, non-toxic products, our skin is quite resilient and great at protecting against harmful substances. The most important part of skincare, starts within. Drinking plenty of water, limiting sugar and caffeine and eating whole, unprocessed foods is the best way to care for your skin.

Anti-Aging Products Work

Companies sell billions in skincare products claiming to be anti-aging. While it is important to care for your skin's needs in every stage of life, companies capitalize on insecurity and our own tendencies to compare ourselves to others. Often times simplicity is the most important part of skincare and is often overlooked. In the busyness of life it is easy to try products to "quick fix" unique needs but the most important part of caring for skin is internally though healthy diet, hydration, exercise (movement) and adequate sleep.

"Natural" Skincare Is Better For Your Skin

Just as a lot of large skincare brands will make claims about their products, many smaller indie makers will also make claims about how their natural skincare products are best. A "natural" skincare product does not mean it is truly the best product for your specific skin. Some of the larger, more synthetic brands, have products that are extremely well researched and tested and can be safer for your skin than poorly formulated and tested natural skincare. Many DIY skincare bloggers have led many people astray with misinformation about natural skincare that can lead to more harm than good (ex. cinnamon and ginger in a makeup powder can be extremely irritating).

Do Your Due Diligence 

While these are only a few myths surrounding skincare, there is a ton of misinformation regarding products for your skin. Trust the science while also being aware of the intentions of businesses. For some businesses money motivates in ways that don't benefit the customer long term. Support the businesses that are transparent and don't use manipulation to sell to you.

Skincare Myths Infographic by Natalie Rodeniser

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