5 More Common Beauty Myths, Busted!


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Myth 1: Expensive cosmetics are better than inexpensive ones

This one is probably the most enduring myths and so hard for us to dispel because of its perpetuated so strongly. Without doubt, there’s no truth that expensive means better in the world of skin care or makeup. Simply put, after 35 years of our researching all types of beauty products from hundreds of brands, there are good and bad products in all price categories.

Spending less doesn't hurt your skin, and spending more doesn't necessarily help it. As we always say at Paula’s Choice Skincare, wasting money isn’t pretty—and having great skin doesn’t have to be a luxury.

Myth 2: Natural ingredients are better for skin

This myth is more tied to the emotional pull natural ingredients have for so many people, because in truth, there’s no factual basis or scientific legitimacy proving natural or organic ingredients are better for skin. And as we all know, there are poisonous plants or plants you can be terribly allergic to so natural ingredients being automatically better isn’t factual in the least.

Myth 3: Cooling, tingling sensations on skin means a product is working

This is one of our favorite myths to bust because once you know the truth you can stop inadvertently hurting your skin. Fact is, a cooling or tingling sensation is your skin telling you it’s being sensitized, not helped!

The most common ingredients that cause a cool or tingling sensation on skin include denatured or SD alcohol, menthol, menthyl lactate, peppermint oil, camphor, and eucalyptus. Avoiding products that contain these ingredients is doing your skin a huge favor—and it will pay you back by looking better and better!

What if you love how refreshing these ingredients feel and you’re not seeing any problems? Then it must be okay, right? Sadly, no. Although your skin may not show it or react in a negative way that you can see, applying skin-aggravating ingredients causes problems you may not see but they’re still taking place and will definitely show up over time.

Myth 4: Dry skin? Drink more water!

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. Ironically, dry skin is not as simple as just a lack of water. So, drinking more water won't make dry skin look or feel better (but you will be visiting the bathroom more frequently!).

The studies that have compared the water content of dry skin to that of normal or oily skin show that there isn’t a statistically significant difference. The causes of and solutions for dry skin are far more complicated than water consumption. Find out what really works for dry skin here.

Myth 5: Your skin adapts to products you use so they eventually stop working

Skin doesn't adapt to skincare products any more than your body adapts to a healthy diet. Spinach and grapes are healthy for you today, and they’ll continue to be healthy for you months and years from now, even if you eat them every day.

The same is true for your skin: As long as you are applying what’s beneficial for skin (and avoiding things that harm skin such as unprotected sun exposure) it remains healthy-looking.

So why does this myth persist? After using well-formulated products for a few weeks, you may see skin stop improving as much as it initially did. But it stands to reason that if you were using products with sensitizing or drying ingredients and then switch to well-formulated products, your initial improvement is going to be much more dramatic. Months later, your skin is maintaining its newfound healthy, smoother, younger appearance—and not "getting used to" the products, so no need to start the search anew!

The Best Skin of Your Life Starts Here: The same type of in-depth scientific research used to create this article is also used to formulate Paula’s Choice Skincare products. You’ll find products for all skin types and a range of concerns, from acne and sensitive skin to wrinkles, pores, and sun damage. With Paula’s Choice Skincare, you can get (and keep) the best skin of your life! Learn more at Shop Paula's Choice.

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Paula Begoun is the best-selling author of 20 books on skin care and makeup. She is known worldwide as the Cosmetics Cop and creator of Paula's Choice. Paula's expertise has led to hundreds of appearances on national and international television including:

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The Paula's Choice Research Team is dedicated to busting beauty myths and helping you solve your skincare frustrations with research-supported expert advice—so you'll have the facts you need to take the best possible care of your skin.

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