With an overload of beauty claims, tips and tricks, combined with a plethora of old wives tales that have some how survived the years, it's easy to get confused between fact and fiction. Here we're busting 5 common beauty myths that we hear all too often.
1. All your skincare products need to be from the same brand
It's a common belief that when it comes to skincare, mixing different lines can cause irritation or the products won't work as effectively without their which matching partners, but this is not the case when you are using completely natural skincare products. Different organic brands excel in different areas, which can work together for great results; the trick is to find the combination that's right for you. A well-formulated product (which all of them are at Nourished Life!), from any skin care line will work with a product from any another brand as long as they are appropriate for your skin type. Read my personal mix-it-up skin care routine here.
2. Age is skin type
For some reason, it's a common thought that once you get to a certain age, usually at some point after 40 or 50, you automatically have a 'mature' skin type and require only anti-ageing products. No matter what age, you can have dry, sensitive, combination, normal or oily skin and should continue using products accordingly. If signs of ageing are a concern, you can slowly incorporate the appropriate products like a natural eye cream and serum as needed but there is no need to overhaul your routine with a line for 'mature' or 'ageing' skin.
3. You should never put oil on oily skin
Not only does oily skin need hydration, but using a natural face oil who cleansing and moisturising can actually help the skin to produce less oil in the long run. This is because people with oily, or acne prone skin often use harsh cleansers and other products to dry up the oil, which causes the skin to overcompensate, producing more oil. Plus, did you know that oil actually dissolves oil?! If you have oily skin or suffer from breakouts, opt for products containing lemon, bergamot, rosemary, evening primrose or pomegranate oils. I love this one by Black Chicken Remedies. Oh that uplifting smell !!
4. Scrubbing your face will eliminate acne
Some people believe that religiously scrubbing or exfoliating skin will ward off acne and breakouts but although this removes dead skin cells that can build up and cause pimples, unfortunately, your skin needs its naturally produced oils to protect it. If you scrub too much, you remove all of the oils and can cause rashes or irritation that can further damage to your skin. I recommend this gentle scrub from Pollen Botanicals formulated specifically to help with hormonal breakouts 1-2 a week. Or this liquid probiotic skin refiner by The Beauty Chef.
5. Foundation with an SPF is enough to protect skin from the sun
A natural foundation with SPF does provide some protection from the daily effects of the sun but unfortunately it is not enough. The problem with SPF in makeup is that in order to get the SPF factor you would have to apply it a lot thicker and more often that you naturally would. For real protection, try using a non-greasy natural sunscreen under your makeup or a day cream with a SPF 15+ of higher.