Can you spot a beauty myth? Clean beauty, natural beauty, green beauty… There are many buzzwords and beauty myths on the web right now. The message is if it’s natural it’s safe, if it’s synthetic (or contain “chemicals”) it’s dangerous. If you are serious about your skin care and want an effective & safe routine there are a few things you need to know.
Beauty Myth Nr 1 -Natural does not necessarily mean that it’s safe
Plants (and some animals) naturally produce toxins to protect themselves. Take mushrooms for example, some you can pick and eat, but pick the wrong one you’ll end up at the hospital. Neem oil is another example. Neem oil is a natural oil and sometimes used in beauty products. It is also used as a natural pesticide. Personally, I stay away from neem oil just for that reason.
Beauty Myth Nr 2 – My skin care is chemical free
All substances that exist are chemicals, water, or dihydrogen oxide, is a chemical, rosehip oil consists of fatty acids which are chemicals as much as sodium chloride is a chemical. (Sodium chloride is the chemical name for table salt). The claim that a product is free from chemicals is simply not true, unless the product is imaginary, and then you’re paying for nothing (literally).
Any chemical can be toxic, it depends on the concentration of the chemical and how long you are exposed to it. For example – if you touch a lead rod once it’s probably fine, but drinking water containing trace of lead for years is very damaging.
Even too much oxygen is bad for you. Your body is designed to inhale an air mixture of 20% oxygen and 79% nitrogen & minor parts other gases. If you change that balance, and increase the level of oxygen it will be toxic.
Beauty myth 3 – Avoid preservatives
Another huge misconception is that “preservatives are bad and should be avoided at all costs”. – NO, that’s wrong. Any product that contains water (which most beauty products do) must contain a preservative. The preservatives will prevent mold, fungi and bacteria to grow and thrive in your skincare. Who wants to smear an infectious mix of bacteria & mold on their face? (Even if that also is natural.) I don’t, it’s horrible and it could lead to bad infections. Bottom line you want preservatives in your products.
Beauty myth 4 – Natural is good for sensitive skin
Some natural ingredients can be very irritating, for example essential oils. Essential oils are a potent mix of thousands of chemicals and can cause skin reactions. I meet many costumers who say “ I have sensitive skin, so I only want essential oils”. My answer is always the same – if you have sensitive skin choose unscented products, since fragrance (natural or synthetic) can trigger reactions.
Be a bit critical next time you see marketing slogan – if you want a solid skin care routing your need to separate the beauty myths from the facts.