At Go-To, we believe that beauty should be uncomplicated. (And that the correct amount of cheese to add to your pasta is: More.)
But we also know that there are lots of myths out there that get in the way of that. We want to fix that! Now! Here are six beauty myths, and the truth behind them.
Toothpaste is a great spot treatment.
No! No. Some toothpastes may contain ingredients that will dry out a pimple but they’re formulated for teeth, you guys. Not for faces. Which means they can, and probably will, irritate your skin. Stick to dedicated spot treatments or clay masks (especially ones with zinc oxide, which is known for being ultra soothing) instead.
Makeup stops your skin from breathing.
Lie! Skin doesn’t breathe. So wearing foundation, concealer, and/or your sparkliest eyeshadow is perfectly fine for your skin. You do need to ensure you’re getting it all off properly at the end of the day, though. Not removing makeup at the end of the day can lead to clogged pores and breakouts.
Exfoliating dries out your skin.
Not true if you use your exfoliants correctly. Over-exfoliation has the potential to irritate skin and leave it dry and flaky, sure, but if you stick to exfoliating only 2-3 times a week, you have nothing to worry about.
Drinking more water will fix dry skin.
Dry skin is a skin condition that lacks oil. Which means it needs oil-rich skin care products to replenish it, not water. It’s dehydrated skin that needs water (inside and out!) to make it plump and hydrated. (Not sure of the difference? We got you.)
You don’t need to wear SPF in winter.
Ha! Hahaha. Of course you do, you sweet goose. UV rays can still very much cause damage even when it’s not sunny so SPF is an all year round, even when the weather gets shitty, kind of thing. It’s also very essential if you’re indoors all day because UVA rays (the ones best known for causing fine lines, dark spots, wrinkles, and premature ageing) are able to penetrate through glass and windows.
Face oils will make skin oilier.
The opposite, actually! Face oils are made with oils that are entirely different to the ones that your skin produces. So they won’t be adding more oil. What they will do is deeply hydrate the skin, which can actually regulate the oil your skin is producing, and leave your skin lovely and balanced.