Guest Blogger Dr. Irwin – 6 Myths About Skincare Products

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Womenlovebeauty’s guest blogger Dr. Brandith Irwin who has been a guest medical expert on The Oprah Winfrey Show and the Weekend Today Show, shares with us the 6 myths on skincare products.

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6 Myths About Skincare Products

We have all heard these skincare myths and have probably fallen victim to some of them. Here are 6 of the top skincare myths, plus the truth!

1. Products have to cost a lot to be good. There are some excellent drugstore products that cost between $10 to $25. You don’t have to spend $400 on a serum to get good skin care.

2. The newest, latest, greatest thing is better. Usually the only advantage to the newest, latest, greatest skincare product is its marketing muscle. Some of the best products on the market are tried and true with long track records of success. For example, vitamin-A cousins (like Renova and Retinol) have been shown over many years to help prevent skin cancers, normalize sun-damaged cells, and prevent wrinkles. Newer products seem great because they have large marketing budgets to promote them.

3. Creams can really make us look significantly younger. There is, as of now, absolutely no cream that will make your skin look five years younger. The fact is, the only things that have been proven over time to improve skin are sunscreens, vitamin-A cousins (like Renova and Retinol), vitamin-C serums (not creams), a few other antioxidants, and hydroxy acids. Again, do not let marketing and advertisements for creams fool you.

4. Cosmetic companies spend a lot of money on research. Some do and some don’t. It depends on what you mean by “research.” If you mean researching how to market and sell a product, then yes, they do spend a lot of time and money on research. Cosmetic companies do spend time and money trying to figure out how to put the latest “discovery,” like green tea, into a topical cream or lotion. But take note, these companies almost never do the type of research that is standard in any scientific laboratory, like controlled trials comparing the new product with older products that we know work well. Just because a product sounds exotic or rare does not mean it has any benefit for skin whatsoever in a cream form.

5. If something is good for me to eat or drink, it must be good in a cream. This is absolutely not true. First of all, even many tablet supplements have not been shown to be beneficial to skin in the long run. And, even if something is beneficial to take in a tablet form, putting it in a cream changes the way it reacts with cells. The skin provides a barrier and it’s very difficult to get active ingredients through this barrier layer into the part of the skin where it might actually do some good. Additionally, the companies who put supplements into cream generally don’t spend much time or money on the research in actual patients to determine if it works or not.

6. Plant-based creams are always safe. Any dermatologist will tell you that we have all seen numerous allergic reactions to creams, lotions, gels, and ointments. Some of these are due to plant ingredients. Think about all the people who have allergies to plants and imagine what happens when similar plants get put on their skin in a cream form.

Now that you know the truth about these common skincare myths you will be able to make better product choices. Just remember, you do not need to break the bank on skincare products and stick with products that are tried and true!

Dr. Irwin

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