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8 False Myths About Cosmetics You Need to Ban Now

If beauty tips and theories have always circulated without any scientific rigor, with social networks the danger is even greater. Parabens, silicones or sulfates have been demonized in recent years, but are they really that bad? Is it true that skin gets used to cosmetics and they stop being effective? Does the skin need a detox like the body? In the book ‘X-ray of a cosmetic’pharmaceuticals Gemstone Forgers Yes Apothecary Garcia round up some of the most common false myths in the beauty world and explain why they need to be banished now.

parabens are toxic

With the boom of natural cosmetics, “harassment and demolition” has been generated by some common ingredients in cosmetics such as parabens. Pharmaceutical laboratories ensure that “there are parabens whose use is authorized in cosmetic products because their harmlessness has been demonstrated, while others have been prohibited because of their possible action as endocrine disruptors”. The experts assure that “European Union legislation is one of the most demanding in terms of limiting substances and concentrations. If a cosmetic wasn’t safe, it wouldn’t go straight to market. Taking into account that banned parabens cannot be usedthe “paraben-free” claim is biased and misleading because it casts doubt on the harmlessness of products containing parabens which are authorized and whose harmlessness is not called into question”.

Sulphates are irritating

Another ingredient demonized in recent years has been sulphates. These active ingredients are present in many cosmetic products, in particular shampoos, gels or even facial cleansers. As the pharmacists Gema Herrerías and Boticaria García point out, “some are irritating, such as Soldium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), if they are not compensated in the formula with ingredients that contrast the irritant effect. This is why it is essential evaluate the finished product and not just the isolated ingredients… But it’s a safe ingredient.” People with sensitive skin prefer to choose cosmetics for atopic skin because they are formulated without irritating sulfates.

Silicones are harmful to hair and skin

Silicones are other ingredients in the spotlight due to the boom in natural cosmetics. But, once again, the experts assure that “its use is authorized. Its emollient action produces a softening effect on the skin and hair. It is true that water-insoluble silicones, such as dimethicone, create a protective film on the hair fiber and in leave-in hair cosmetics they can weigh down fine, dull and oily hair. In turn, they are an excellent choice for use on very thick, dry hair. The conclusion is that they are not neither good nor badIt all depends on the type of hair. And what the drug companies say is that they are not biodegradable.

Retinoids are not for summer

Retinol is the most scientifically proven anti-aging active, but it’s common to hear that it can’t be used in the summer. Gema Herrerías and Boticaria García point out in ‘Radiografía de un cosmético’ that “cosmetic retinoids they are neither photosensitizing nor exfoliating. Although there is no problem in continuing to use them during the summer, if you do, as they are irritating, it is recommended decrease the frequency of use and concentration, depending on the resistance of the skin and the degree of exposure to the sun, always applying them in the evening, and also, in the morning, using a high SPF and broad spectrum sunscreen. What is not recommended is to start the treatment for the first time in the summer, if there is sun exposure.

The skin gets used to it and you have to change cosmetics from time to time

Pharmaceutical companies are candid about this very common statement: “If something works, don’t change it.” A moisturizer is sure to hydrate the skin any more than a sunscreen will protect it. The skin is not suitable for cosmetics, but rather the reverse. What can happen is that over time the skin’s needs change and the routine needs to be adapted. It’s something that happens when the seasons change.”

Cleaning the skin is enough with water

Cleansing is the first step in the beauty ritual and it is not enough to do it with just water. According to pharmaceutical companies “it’s a matter of chemistry. Dirt has a positive electrical charge and binds to keratin, which has a negative charge, on the surface of the skin. This union is what makes difficult to remove all the dirt by simple dredging with water. Cleansers, on the other hand, help to thoroughly cleanse and remove all the dirt that accumulates on the skin throughout the day and night.

It is necessary to do a cosmetic fast or “skin fast” to detoxify the skin

Doing intermittent fasting, drinking detox juices… are some of the food trends and from there was born the idea that the skin also needs to take a “break”. However, there is no scientific basis. “The skin doesn’t need any type of fasting or detox therapy. There is no evidence that it is beneficial stop applying cosmetics for a while. And less than the skin “breathes”. It’s another to try to optimize and minimize routines with multifunctional products.

It is not recommended to use cosmetic products during pregnancy

Once again, experts dismantle this false myth, assuring that “cosmetic products are safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding because they are applied locally and do not pass into the bloodstream. Although there is much controversy over its effects during this time due to lack of studies, it is very unlikely that they can affect the fetus. What can happen is that due to hormonal changes, the skin temporarily stops tolerating the usual cosmetics. This is why it is advisable to avoid irritating ingredients, as the skin is more reactive. In addition, as a precaution, the use of retinoidsthe tranexamic acidthe caffeine and the essential oils menthol, mint, oregano, sage…


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