Breaking a Few Skincare Myths.
Our Beauty Expert Donna Fay wants to smash a few skincare myths just in time for the weekend.
When you’re out buying skincare products, always look for collagen and elastin, as they’re the best wrinkle eliminators. Here’s the truth: while collagen and elastin are great water-binding agents, they actually can’t fuse with your skins natural supply of following skin agent. Most collagen molecules are actually too large to penetrate your skin, and even when they’re small enough, they don’t bond with your skin’s existing collagen. In short, they’re a great moisturizer, but not effective as wrinkle reducers.
Here’s another myth we’ve heard: “Eventually, you’ll outgrow your acne.” Here’s the fact: Your age doesn’t have much to do with acne growth. Just because you’re clear-skinned as a teen, that doesn’t mean you won’t get acne later in life. Place the blame on inconsistent hormones. Many women experience hormonal fluctuation later in life around menopause, while men tend to level out around puberty.
One last myth: toothpaste works to prevent or quickly heal a pimple. Here’s the truth: this is absolutely not true, in fact it’s the furthest from the truth. Toothpaste can actually harm quite a bit more than it can help. The bacteria in your mouth has no relation to the facial bacteria that causes acne, and on your skin it actually can cause pimples and/or redness in the areas that you apply it to. This is known as perioral dermatitis, and it is infinitely better to gently clean your face with a washcloth.